Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

Benefit Assessment and Economic Impact Analysis for the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center

BERK conducted an economic assessment of the value the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center (NWAC) provides Washington State and the State’s constituent communities. This economic assessment was conducted in response to funding challenges faced by NWAC, to inform discussions about how the Center can achieve a sustainable business model.

We conducted a benefit/cost analysis to examine the value of NWAC’s services and benefits derived by its direct users, and provided perspectives on funding, to inform potential methods for NWAC to generate revenues. The study details the economic impacts of snow-sports activities and industries, examining the economic and fiscal impacts that these industries have on rural and small-town economies in the Cascade and Olympic regions of the State.

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