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Contact: Steve Theus, 229-824-4104
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 189,245 visitors to the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site and the Andersonville National Historic Site in 2014 spent $12.9 million in communities near the parks. That spending supported 182 jobs in the local area. "Jimmy Carter National Historic Site and Andersonville National Historic Site welcome visitors from across the country and around the world," said Superintendents Barbara Judy and Charles Sellars. "We are delighted to share the story of these places and the experiences they provide. The national parks introduce visitors to the history and culture of this part of the country, in partnership with state and local historic sites. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and it's a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping sustain local communities."
The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state. To learn lore about national parks in Georgia and how the National Park Service works with Georgia communities to help preserve local history , conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/georgia.