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Study shows economic development value of historic preservation

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  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    June 28, 2013 6:13 a.m.

    IMPLAN multipliers are used in "input-output" models where a dollar spent in a particular sector within a state, region, or county (in this case, construction) is expected to impact a host of local industries, from local restaurants to feed workers to gas stations needing to transport workers/materials to concrete suppliers, etc. The multipliers suggest that spending from construction will in turn create so many "direct" and "indirect" jobs for cooks, food servers, gas station attendants, cashiers at the lumber yard, truck drivers to deliver materials, etc.

    My biggest concern with preservation of old buildings is their operational costs and energy efficiency. Often, to retrofit such buildings to be more energy efficient can conflict with preservation boards (no solar panels on historic buildings or no added insulation as it will impact the walls), so you're left with big energy guzzlers for owners (often which are cities and towns where tax payers foot the power bills).

  • Fitz Murray, UT
    June 27, 2013 6:38 p.m.

    These studies stretch realities and are manipulated to come up with preconceived conclusions. The sad part is that they are published in newspapers without any real challenge to the manipulated information in the study.