The Capitalization of Our Climate – Attracting Highly Skilled Workers to Arizona’s Sun Corridor


The economic health of the highly urbanized Sun Corridor is closely tied to its setting in the midst of a magnificent natural landscape. This study demonstrates that outdoor recreation in a natural setting is a key element in attracting the highly skilled workers necessary for a modern economy. In the midst of a large megapolitan area, recreational opportunities on public land are a key component of the economy.

The subtle effects of public land and highly skilled workers on a $200 billion economy are difficult to measure directly. The Sonoran Institute, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, developed a survey-based approach to study the question of whether public land helps employers in the Sun Corridor attract and retain highly skilled workers.


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