Economic impact of the green industry in Barrow County
McKissick, John C.
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The green industry in Barrow County is composed of three sectors. Theses sectors are nursery and greenhouse production, landscape services, and retail sales. Production of plant material, landscape services, as well as retail sales are a stimulus to the entire Barrow County economy. Purchases of inputs within the county create secondary economic activity, while wages earned by employees lead to spending in all sectors of the economy. Greenhouse and nursery production has a total economic output impact of $112,825 in the Barrow County economy. A total of $46,002 in wages and benefits are due to production. Local governments realize $1,620 in tax revenues due to greenhouse and nursery production. Economic output impacts of landscape services total $10.8 million. Wages and benefits are $4.2 million for 172 jobs associated with landscape services. Local governments in Barrow County receive $218,862 in tax revenues due to landscape services. Retail sales of greenhouse and nursery products, as well as related supplies result in $141,745 of wages and benefits for 3 jobs, for each $1.0 million of retail sales. In addition to the direct sales taxes associated with sales, each $1.0 million of retail sales generates $26,622 in local tax revenues.