Client: Civil War Trust. Blue Gray & Green report
About the project: A Harbinger assessment found that Civil War battlefields provide a range of economic benefits to neighboring communities—from tax revenues and jobs supported by visitor spending to open space, recreation, and education.
The report, Blue, Gray & Green: Economic and Tourism Benefits of Battlefield Preservation, found that battlefields are a significant draw for visitors, and that the 150th anniversary of the Civil War is boosting already substantial contributions from battlefield tourism. Battlefields visitors tend to be better-educated and more affluent than other travelers, stay longer, and spend more money.
The report draws on data and information from a variety of sources, and focuses on benefits ranging from visitation and visitor spending, tax revenues, the special appeal of anniversaries and reenactments, and the local value of battlefield parks for education, recreation, and open space.