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ADVOCACY
As federal funding filters down to states
and localities, local leaders will face difficult
decisions about where and how to invest
resources.
Common Cents: The Economic
Argument for Parks and Recreation
By Dan McCarthy
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he past year has been challenging for many people in our communities,
and park and recreation professionals have been on the
frontlines providing essential services throughout the coronavirus
(COVID-19) pandemic. As the pandemic begins to retreat
into the rear-view mirror, elected officials have shifted their attention from
immediate, emergency relief to more long-term investments into the security,
resiliency and strength of communities.
Thanks to the efforts of
park and recreation agencies
throughout the United States,
local park and recreation
agencies generated $166
billion in economic activity and
supported more than 1.1 million
jobs in 2017...
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As federal funding filters down
to states and localities, local leaders
will face difficult decisions
about where and how to invest
resources. Organizations that
helped meet the challenges of the
last year - and those who will be
vital to our collective recovery -
should be prioritized to receive
such funding. However, during
challenging economic times,
elected officials have traditionally
looked to divert funding to organizations
that can create quality
jobs and jumpstart the local economy.
While elected officials may
not immediately think of park
and recreation agencies as such
entities, we beg to differ, and we
have the data to prove it.
Thanks to the efforts of park
and recreation agencies throughout
the United States, local park
and recreation agencies generated
$166 billion in economic activity
and supported more than 1.1
million jobs in 2017, according
to research conducted by NRPA
and the Center for Regional Analysis
at George Mason University
(nrpa.org/EconomicImpact). This
economic data highlights how investing
in parks and recreation as
a catalyst for recovery boosts eco
http://www.nrpa.org/EconomicImpact

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