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Subject:  West Is Best: Protected Lands Promote Jobs.... Date:  12/3/2012  10:08 PM
Author:  lindytoes Number:  46535 of 59109

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West Is Best: Protected Lands Promote Jobs and Higher Incomes
How Public Lands in the West Create a Competitive Economic Advantage
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This report, “West Is Best: How Public Lands in the West Create a Competitive Economic Advantage” (4.7MB PDF) finds 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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