Economic impact of the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition
Wolfe, Kent L.
McKissick, John C.
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The Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition is a trade show and attraction held annually in Moultrie, GA during October. The large number of attendees relative to the limited accommodations in the immediate Moultrie area leads to businesses throughout a 50-mile radius realizing economic activity during the Expo. In addition to the trade show and attraction held over 3 days, the Expo maintains operations as an agribusiness enterprise throughout the year. Data for business activities are from financial records provided by the Expo administration. The Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development collected survey data from visitors and exhibitors during the Expo event. Survey data provided information for spending in the region related to attendance at the Expo. Total economic output in a 20-county region attributable to the Expo is $14.1 million. Income of $4.7 million is generated for employees and proprietors in the region. Activities related to the Expo involve 411 part-time and full-time jobs. The 20 counties in the region collect $271,672 in local tax revenues because of business activity associated with the Expo. State tax collections total $590,273. With typical growth for the Georgia economy, the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition is projected to contribute $162.5 million in economic output over the next 10 years to the Moultrie region.