This study of the economic contribution of airports to their communities includes the 72 publiclyowned airports in North Carolina, including ten which offer scheduled, commercial air service. Airports provide a vital link to regional, national, and international markets to many businesses in North Carolina. A portion of the revenues generated by these local businesses can be attributed to the provision of access to the markets they serve. The economic contribution results are presented in three categories: direct, indirect, and induced impacts. The indirect and induced impacts capture multiplier impacts. Direct impacts result from firms that are directly engaged in the movement of people or goods through an airport. Indirect impacts represent the impacts of spending by airport-related firms on products and services provided by support businesses (such as office supply companies, property maintenance, etc.). Induced impacts result from payroll expenditures of employees of directly- and indirectly-related firms that produce successive spending (which is money that is re-circulated in an economy resulting in additional economic activity).

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