Red Hills Economic Impact Analysis

Issue Overview

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Quail hunting brings many visitors and a lot of revenue to the Red Hills.

In 2013, Tall Timbers reached out to many local land owners asking their help with an ambitious project — the first ever comprehensive economic impact analysis of working rural lands in the Red Hills Region. Tall Timbers, along with our project partner, the Center for Economic Forecasting and Analysis (CEFA) at Florida State University, undertook this initiative because despite the Red Hills playing a vital role protecting our drinking water, clean air, and wildlife habitat, the messages that truly resonate with many officials and others who make decisions that directly affect the Red Hills Region are “jobs” and “economic impact.”

The most important part of this study was our survey of the owners of 110 Red Hills’ hunting properties and other working rural lands, each over 500 acres. We received detailed responses from more than 66 percent of the owners surveyed. Survey respondents reported owning well over 300,000 acres in the Red Hills.

CEFA’s economic analysis found that the regional economic impact of Red Hills’ hunting properties exceeded $147 million. This tremendous impact is the result of a wide range of operating, capital improvement, and discretionary spending as well as local charitable contributions that benefit every Red Hills’ community. In addition, over 1,400 jobs are directly or indirectly related to Red Hills’ hunting properties. These 1,400 jobs generated more than $51 million in total employment income meaning they paid more than the average wage in nearly every Red Hills’ county.

Red Hills hunting properties support small businesses throughout the Region.

Red Hills hunting properties support small businesses throughout the Region.

One unique aspect of this project is a county-specific focus on the economic and employment impacts for individual Red Hills’ counties. This provided unique insights into the importance of working rural lands for small and medium sized businesses throughout the Region.

The results of the study are contained in a publication titled The Economic Impact of the Red Hills Region of Southwest Georgia and North Florida. This study will play an important role in Tall Timbers’ efforts to educate elected officials, other community leaders, landowners, and the general public about the tremendous economic impact and job creation generated by Red Hills’ hunting lands and other working properties.

For more information

Contact TTLC Planning Coordinator Neil Fleckenstein at 850-893-4153, ext. 335 or e-mail Neil Fleckenstein.

Related documents

  • The Economic Impact of the Red Hills Region of Southwest Georgia and North Florida