Economic Impact Study of Frac Sand Mining Industry

Academic Year 
2014-2015
College/Department 
School of Urban & Regional Planning
Project Partner 

Winneshiek County seeks to understand the possible economic impacts that the frac sand mining industry could have if it becomes established in the county. For this project, graduate students in the School of Urban and Regional Planning performed a comprehensive economic impact study that evaluated the short and long-term gains and losses to the county's economy that could follow from the industry’s establishment. The students assumed a single-mine scenario to contextualize mining impacts in three areas: county accounts, private accounts, and social costs.