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Economic Impact

The state of South Dakota recently commissioned an economic impact study to determine the Watertown Regional Airport's role as a contributor to the region's social and economic well-being. This study, conducted by a well-respected aviation consulting firm, quantifies the economic contributions the airport provides to the community as well as numerous qualitative benefits.

South Dakota State Aviation System Plan (PDF)

Chapter 6 of the State Aviation System Plan outlines the economic impact the Watertown Regional Airport has on our community and the state. Chapter 6 starts on page 127.

Commercial Service Spending

Out of State visitors

$130 (per visit)

In State visitors

$100 (per visit)

 
Total Statewide Impact
Jobs

Direct

64

Indirect

39

Total

104

 
Personal Income

Direct

$1,535,000

Indirect

$1,155,000

Total

$2,690,000

 
Business Sales

Direct

$7,920,000

Indirect

$3,644,000

Total

$11,564,000

 
On-Airport Impact
Jobs

Direct

24

Indirect

27

Total

51

 
Personal Income

Direct

$922,000

Indirect

$808,000

Total

$1,730,000

Sales Tax Paid

$103,800

 
Business Sales

Direct

$5,951,000

Indirect

$2,470,000

Total

$8,421,000

Sales Tax Generated

$505,260