Nonpartisan research firm Headwaters Economics details how land in the western United States holds a competitive economic advantage due to it’s natural attributes. Read more at Headwaters Economics.
A brief excerpt:
“Find that the West’s popular national parks, monuments, wilderness areas and other public lands offer its growing high-tech and services industries a competitive advantage, which is a major reason why the western economy has outperformed the rest of the U.S. economy in key measures of growth–employment, population, and personal income–during the last four decades.
In addition, as the West’s economy shifts toward a knowledge-based economy, new research shows that protected federal public lands support faster rates of job growth and are correlated with higher levels of per capita income.”
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