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Great Lakes boaters focus of economic study

The Chicago-based Recreational Marine Research Center is conducting an economic impact study on the Great Lakes region using a grant provided by the Great Lakes Commission.

The study will determine the economic importance of boating in the eight states that fall in the Great Lakes region: Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and Indiana.

“This is a comprehensive study that will determine the economic value of boating to each community, incorporating salaries, wages, benefits, taxes and ancillary expenditures including service, fuel repairs, storage and other factors,” says National Marine Manufacturers Association market statistics director Jim Petru.

This is the first study of its kind in the Great Lakes, according to Petru, and the results are expected to make an argument for elevated federal and congressional attention on the needs of the Great Lakes recreational boating community.

The study is targeted for completion by the end of August.

For information on the RMRC or to become an active member, contact Petru at (312) 946-6202;