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Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site Tourism Creates $4750 in Local Economic Benefit

Part of$30 billion impact that supports 252,000 jobs nationwide.

Flat Rock, North Carolina -A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that the 89,721 visitors to Carl Sandburg Home NHS spent S4,750 in communities surrounding the park. This spending supported 75 jobs in the local area.

“Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is a wonderful place to learn about America’s story,” said park superintendent H. Tyrone Brandyburg. “We attract visitors from across the U.S. and around the world that come here to experience the park and then spend time and money enjoying the services provided by our neighboring communities and getting to know this amazing part of the country. The National Park Service is proud to have been entrusted with the care of America’s most treasured places and delighted that the visitors we welcome generate significant contributions to the local, state, and national economy.”

The information on Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is part of a peer-reviewed spending analysis of national park visitors across the country conducted by Michigan State University for the National Park Service. For 2011, that report shows $13 billion of direct spending by 279 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. That visitor spending had a S30 billion impact on the entire U.S. economy and supported 252,000 jobs nationwide.

-National Park Service