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Mesabi Trail Economic Impact Study

Purpose

To get an accurate picture of the economic impact of this paved bicycle trail on the region.

Partners

UM Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, University of Minnesota Extension, UM Tourism Center, Club Mesabi.

Activities

Following the approval of the project application by NERSDP Board, Club Mesabi hired the UM Tourism Center to conduct the study. Project leaders met with the Tourism Center to help researchers understand the region, the Trail, and the type of data needed. Researchers developed survey and sampling plan with input from project leaders. Club Mesabi recruited volunteers to survey Trail users in person. In addition, to the in-person survey, the Tourism Center will be doing some email surveys using addresses collected through wheel pass sales. The Tourism center will also be doing economic impact study of the annual bicycle tour using surveys collected at the event.

Outcomes

Project leaders worked with UM Tourism Center researchers to develop an effective survey plan and instruments. Data collection and analysis is in progress and report will be provided to all Club Mesabi and other stakeholders.

Funding

$7,000

Last updated 12-17-2014
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