June 2007 Agenda

(suggested by Feigenblatt)

From: Karen Higgin
To: R I Feigenblatt
Subject: Re: HCHS June 2007 meeting agenda?
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2007 19:23:35 -0500

Your agenda looks great!!

1. Fall Fair on the Square

2. Membership report

3. Smithsonian Exhibit update

4. History Book update

5. Little Creek School grant

6. Groundskeeping of Historic Courthouse

7. Repair of Historic Courthouse

8. Upgrading of Historic Courthouse

9. Insurance

10. Donations for curation policy statement

11. Historical tourism economics

Review "Governor's Commission on Georgia History and Historical Tourism" Website here (circa 2002). Read especially 2003 final report section (excerpted by RF) here, Economic Impact of Historic and Cultural Tourism in Rural Georgia by David Sutton, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia.

For context, see BEA's latest (2000!) data on personal income in Georgia here which includes a line on annual earnings (employee and proprietor) for Museums, botanical, zoological gardens, which comes to $4.80 per Georgian. (Note that income returns to passive capital are typically a third of those to earnings.) Amusement and recreation services earnings dwarf this, coming to $150.24. That's right - Six Flags slaughters SciTrek - does that surprise anyone? Even Motion pictures earnings are quite substantial in comparison, coming to $40.34.

See also the Appendix on the US arts, entertainment & recreation industry below.

12. Momon Scholarship fundraising

Perhaps a *better* way to sell the candy is to ask for $25 donations, which provide the donor 25 items credit. When we do Pumpkin Caper again this fall, part of the festivities will consist of thanking the donors by NAME on stage for their generosity, following which we hand out the candy for free to the children attending. We can even include a calling card I can easily print which thanks the named donor who paid for the candy item in the particular bag. It says something like:
"Hope for a brighter tomorrow is made possible by a donation to the Clovis B. Momon Scholarship fund by ___, who paid for the large candy/snack within this bag. Study hard for a successful future!"
We make all of this clear up front to help motivate donations. Say "yes" and I will make up a poster for the main lobby, which includes a photo of Clovis and a bio which highlights her education, teaching career and love of kids. We have only a few months left for such a scheme. Remember that lobby traffic is such that some 1000? or so people will pass by it every month.

Appendix on the US "Arts, Entertainment & Recreation" (AER) industry

(added after the meeting by Ron Feigenblatt, as a personal privilege)

A propos of the discussion above on historical tourism economics are some 2002 federal statistics on business firms in the "Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation" (AER) field, cf. here. Nationwide, there are over 100,000 of these, employing nearly 2 millions, almost two percent of total employment. Their collective payroll exceeds $45 billion and collective sales, shipments, receipts, or revenue total almost $142 billions. (Note payroll is only about 32% of gross economic activity in this economic sector.)

The geographic distribution of these firms is highly non-uniform over the nation. I document this in two ways. First, I use a bar chart to show the sales per capita resident for each of the states in the union, here.

In Nevada, capitol of the "gaming" industry, it exceeds $1100, highest in the nation. The District of Columbia (known for high-stakes gambling of another sort) is next at $1078. At the bottom is Arkansas at $144. (With so little organized fun there, perhaps it is no wonder I am told at least one governor would enlist the state patrol to help secure him evening entertainment.) Georgia is close to the bottom end at $286 per resident. The national average is $492.

California ("Hollywood-land") alone accounts for almost one dollar in five nationally, and together with New York ("Broadway/museum-land") and Florida ("Disneyworld/beach-land") the three states alone rake in almost three dollars of eight nationally.

The second way in which I display this same data is a US state map, where the highest-revenue states are whitest and the lowest-revenue states are blackest, with a (half-toned) intensity proportional to sales per capita, here. This map reveals spending is especially high in the entire Southwest, and tends to be especially low in the states forming the L-shaped "core" of the Republican vote in presidential elections.

The 2005 "County Business Patterns" study by the US Cenus reports that in Haralson County there were 5 firms in the AER field. Two firms cmployed between 1 and 4 people, two employed between 5 and 9, and one employed between 10 and 19. This lets one deduce the total employed in all the firms lies between 22 = (2x1 + 2x5 + 1x10) and 45 = (2x4 + 2x9 + 1x19). With total county employment numbering 5785, less than 1% worked in AER firms. A payroll report is suppressed to protect privacy, on account of the small data set for the AER firms.