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Listed below are various publications from the EDA Center at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Publications listed come from projects EDA Center faculty and staff have completed, works published in magazines/journals and technical assistance requests. Technical assistance requests are typically planning, research or technical projects that have a direct or indirect impact on job creation, business development or capital investment. All requests are reviewed by EDA Center staff, as well as the EDA Center Advisory Board; and those requests selected comprise our annual work plan. For more information regarding the EDA Center's RFA process click here.


Economic Impact of Federal Closure of Minnesota National Park Service Sites
Completed April 2014
Local EDA/Organization: The EDA Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston
EDA Center Faculty/Staff: Eddie G. Walker II, Research Analyst, The EDA Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston Brigid Tuck, Economic Impact Analyst, University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality. Kevin Cooper, Associate Director, The EDA Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston.
Project Description: Between October 1st and October 16th of 2013 the federal government experienced a shutdown of all non-essential services due to a congressional budget impasse. One of the many services affected by this shutdown was the National Park Service (NPS). According to the National Park Service, 7.88 million fewer visitors visited all NPS sites in October. This represents an estimated $414 million loss in National Park Service spending across the United States. While the National Park Service report shows nationwide visitor and revenue losses (along with many of the larger individual parks) it does not isolate losses incurred at Minnesota NPS sites. The purpose of this economic impact analysis is to examine visitation and revenue losses at three of the NPS sites in Minnesota: Grand Portage National Monument, Pipestone National Monument, and Voyageurs National Park. The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and St. Croix National Scenic River were not selected for this analysis for two pri¬mary reasons. First, both sites cover an expansive area which would make it difficult in isolating the economic impact to a community or small group of communities. Second, with respect to the St. Croix National Scenic River it would be difficult to differentiate the economic impact felt by Minnesota from the impact felt by Wisconsin. In addition to collecting secondary data relating to visitation/revenue losses, we also conducted interviews to qualitatively assess the impact of the NPS site closures.
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This document was prepared by the University of Minnesota, Crookston under award number 06-66-05709 from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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