The Impact of Agribusiness on the Economy of Southeast Georgia and the Middle Coastal Unified Development Authority

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2000 National IMPLAN Users Conference, Ft. Collins, CO


Using Standard Industrial Classification coding to define general agribusiness, impact analysis was done across sub-categories of agribusiness to determine which sub-category would have the greatest impact if a typical firm was recruited to a location in the region served by the Middle Coastal Unified Development Authority (MCUDA). The two sub-categories of Motor Freight Transport & Warehousing and Food Stores were found to have the greatestimpact on both the MCUDA and Southeast Georgia regions in terms of employment and sales. Motor Freight Transport & Warehousing had the largest impact followed by Food Stores. However, Food Stores are population followers not growth engines. On the other hand, the region has a natural strength in any type of distribution activity. Motor Freight Transport & Warehousing are both strong export base industries. Unfortunately, these do not necessarily strengthen the existing farm businesses. Other agribusiness categories such as Agriculture, Agricultural Services and Agricultural Manufacturing were found to have a much lower impact on both regions.

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