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Transforming air space to place: economic impact analysis for the airport development project of march joint powers authority


There has been increasing interest in exploring the regional economic impacts of airport development projects. Many relevant studies focus on the connections between airline traffic and economic development. Few have explored the effects of the development of airport lands and facilities that transform air space to place. This study examines the regional economic impacts of airport development projects in the March Joint Powers Authority (March JPA) located in Riverside County of Southern California. The March JPA has been planning and implementing new uses for currently vacant lands, reuse of existing facilities, and joint use of the airfield facilities. This study adopts the Southern California Planning Model to trace the regional economic impacts of the March JPA’s development activities at a high level of sectoral and spatial disaggregation. The whole study proceeds in two phases. In the first phase, it estimates the impacts of development projects in their current status as it was in 2016. In the second phase, the economic impacts of a full-build out scenario by 2030 are assessed. The modeling results show that the economic impacts of the March JPA go far beyond the local area and extend to the whole Southern California region. These findings form a basis for the March JPA and local communities to learn the impacts of the development projects and to share the costs in a fair and reasonable way.

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Pan, Q. Transforming air space to place: economic impact analysis for the airport development project of march joint powers authority. Socio Ecol Pract Res 4, 21–37 (2022).

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  • Economic impact analysis
  • Airport development
  • Input-Output model
  • Southern California Planning Model (SCPM)
  • March Joint Powers Authority (March JPA)