Updated report from from the Center for Rural PA released on economic impact of Heritage Areas


The Economic Impact of Pennsylvania Heritage Areas

By: John M. McGrath, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and David Primm and William Lafe

January 2016

Research was conducted in five Pennsylvania Heritage Areas in 2014-2015 to analyze their economic

impact in Pennsylvania. The research involved a survey of heritage-area visitors, interviews with

stakeholders in the five study heritage areas (HAs), and an estimation of the economic impact of the

heritage-related visitation to all 12 HAs statewide.

The five study HAs were: PA Route 6, National Road, Allegheny Ridge, Lincoln Highway and

Susquehanna Gateway.

Overall, the research found that tourists spent an estimated 7.5 million days/nights in Pennsylvania’s

12 HAs in 2014, purchasing $2 billion worth of goods and services. The total contribution of heritage

visitor spending (direct, indirect and induced effects) to the state’s economy was 25,708 jobs and $798

million in labor income.


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