They say the river has generated $405 billion and supported 1.3 million jobs.
More than two dozen River Mayors were in Dubuque, Iowa attending a three-day meeting for the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, a mayoral-led effort comprised of 68 River Mayors.
Coordinated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Upper Mississippi River Profile revealed revenue generated by the upper river to be $253.2 billion, supporting 755,000 jobs.
For the first time ever, they say the profile was produced within a year of the Lower River Profile, enabling a more accurate comparison of the river’s overall economic impact. The lower river directly supports 585,000 jobs and generates $151.7 billion. Original estimates put the river’s overall impact at $200 billion and 1 million jobs.
The profiles showed that the top three economies on the entire river are manufacturing, tourism and agriculture. The profiles only count counties along the Upper River directly adjacent to the waterway.
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