This study estimated the economic impacts of the proposed Chattahoochee Valley Blueway paddling trail that flows through parts of Georgia and Alabama. Using an online survey, the author estimated expenditures and potential visitors over four years, assuming marketing will increase the customer base to include counties within a two-hour drive after two years, counties within a four-hour drive after three years, and counties within a six-hour drive after four years. The study concluded that the project will increase total economic output in the eight-county region by $1.7 million in the first year, and increase to more than $3.2 million by the fourth year.
Blair, B.F. 2012. The economic impact of the proposed Chattahoochee Valley Blueway project. Columbus, GA: Butler Center for Business and Economic Research, Columbus State University.