2021 ET Economic Impact Report Cover image

Camoin Associates was retained by the Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission (SMPDC) to conduct an economic impact and fiscal benefit analysis of the Eastern Trail on SMPDC’s region and the state of Maine. The Eastern Trail is intended to provide the route for the East Coast Greenway in southern Maine through a four-season, non motorized, multipurpose, transportation and recreation trail between Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and South Portland, Maine. The approximately 65 mile trail brings users through historical landmarks, scenic vistas, recreation spots, and places to eat and shop.

The report’s analysis considers both the (1) impact of current trail usage; and (2) impacts of a hypothetical trail expansion scenario that results in new construction spending and trail usage.

A copy of the 18 page report can be viewed here (pdf format).

A Summary Infographic of major findings of the report can be viewed here (pdf format).

More information on past Eastern Trail Economic Impact Studies can be viewed here.