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Survey shows how nature festivals nurture economies

By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Jun 11,  2008

A recent study shows that the 2007 Wild Wing River and Nature Festival in Mississippi’s Jackson and George counties had an economic impact of $142,664.

The 2007 festival, the fifth of its kind, included 12 events from April 13-22 in and around the Pascagoula River.

Semoon Chang, a professor of economics at the University of South Alabama, based the economic impact study on a survey he developed for participants of the event.

The project, funded through a grant from the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, also studied the 2007 Alabama Coastal Birdfest, which took place Oct. 18-21 in Baldwin and Mobile counties.

Birdfest included 21 events over four days. It had an economic impact of $150,895, according to the study.

The survey also found that a majority of participants in both festivals held bachelor’s degrees, was over 50 years old and had a household income of $50,000 or more.

Economic Impact of the 2007 Wild Wing Festival on the Jackson and George Counties of Mississippi (PDF, 107 KB)

Economic Impact of the 2007 Alabama Coastal Birdfest on the Baldwin and Mobile Economies of Alabama(PDF, 89 KB)

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