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Economic Potential of the Great American Rail-Trail
The Great American Rail-Trail®, which is the nation’s first cross-country multiuse trail, will have a significant economic impact for the communities it serves, according to a new analysis by Headwaters Economics, in partnership with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC).

The analysis looked at the trail’s potential to bring visitors, businesses, spending, jobs, income and tax revenue to the communities along its 3,700-mile route and found the trail will contribute $161 million to the GDP each year. However, the study authors caution that this potential can only be fully realized with the investment and support of the communities that host the trail. 

As the trail is completed, the experience of trails across the country and RTC’s own research shows that trail use will grow by as much as 80%. More trail users could translate to more local revenue if communities are planning for the trail and investing in amenities and tourism-ready businesses. 

Webinar attendees will learn why and how the study was done, what the results are, and how best to communicate these findings with the right audiences to maximize impact. The webinar will also feature an example of how to maximize economic benefits from the trail through lessons learned from the City of Council Bluffs, IA, located along the Great American Rail-Trail.

Jun 28, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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