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nomic growth for local communities,
making it an optimal return
on investment for states and local
municipalities.
While nationwide-level data illustrates
the collective impact we
have as a profession, elected officials
rightfully care about how
their communities are affected.
For that, we developed interactive
charts that detail economic
activity,
employment figures
and labor income generated by
park and recreation agencies in
each state. For example, Georgia
generated nearly $5.5 billion
in economic activity, supported
more than 37,000 jobs, and more
than $1.5 billion in salaries, wages
and benefits in 2017 through
the direct, indirect and induced
effects of operations and capital
spending by local park and recreation
agencies.
Using this information can
bolster your advocacy efforts for
more resources, funding, support
or anything your agency needs
to fulfill its mission and continue
to be an economic driver for
your community. Recognize the
strength of parks and recreation
to bring people and communities
together and invite people into
your advocacy movement. Share
this data and your agency's story
with local community groups
to build systemwide support for
your programs.
When you start framing your
budgetary asks with this kind of
data, policymakers and elected ofIt's
clear that investments made
in local and regional parks not
only raise the standard of living
in communities, but also spark
activity that ripples throughout
the economy.
ficials at all levels of government
should take notice. It's clear that
investments made in local and
regional parks not only raise the
standard of living in communities,
but also spark activity that ripples
throughout the economy. It's just
" common cents. "
Dan McCarthy is NRPA's Advocacy
Manager (dmccarthy@nrpa.org).
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