Economic impact of the green industry in Clarke County
McKissick, John C.
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The green industry in Clarke 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 Clarke 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 $33.5 million in the Clarke County economy. A total of 351 jobs related to the production industry lead to $20.1 million in wages and benefits. Local governments realize $528,977 in tax revenues due to greenhouse and nursery production. Economic output impacts of landscape services total $22.5 million. Wages and benefits are $9.3 million for 336 jobs associated with landscape services. Local governments in Clarke County receive $419,816 in tax revenues due to landscape services. Retail sales of greenhouse and nursery products, as well as related supplies result in $142,447 of wages and benefits for 4 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 $23,879 in local tax revenues.