Economic Development and Workforce Impacts of State DOT Expenditures

This research will measure the economic development impact of the Georgia Department of Transportation's (GDOT) highway expenditures on economic activity, income, employment, and workforce development, and generalize these results to other state DOTs. The analysis will examine impacts in every prime contract and subcontract award made by GDOT over the last three years. A statewide input-output model will be used to estimate the multiplier effect of the award on economic activity, income and employment throughout the state. Special attention will be given to economically disadvantaged communities and Environmental Justice areas. Geographic information sytem (GIS) software will be used to geocode the address of contract recipients, to determine the location of impact of awards. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), submitted by prequalified contractors to GDOT, will be used to measure the workforce impact of highway expenditures. EEO records contain information on occupational distribution of the workforce and workforce diversity, e.g., race, ethnicity and gender of employees. The approach provides a national framework for state agencies to measure economic development and workforce impacts of highway expenditures.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $88409
  • Contract Numbers:



  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Georgia Department of Transportation

    One Georgia Center
    600 West Peachtree Street, NW
    Atlanta, GA  United States  30308

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Department of Transportation
    1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

    School of Economics
    221 Bobby Dodd Way
    Atlanta, GA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Boston, Thomas

  • Start Date: 20120501
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20140131
  • Source Data: RiP Project 33713

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01640920
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12GUTC12, A0-UTC-030
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 13 2017 1:01AM