I'm working on an analysis for a new pipeline construction that will run through rural Minnesota. My intention is to break the analysis into two parts: the impacts of the construction project itself and the impacts of the construction worker spending on retail and hospitality industries. My questions are as follows: 1. I understand from speaking with the company that much of the construction work is done by contractors from outside the study area. For example, the engineering, environmental, and survey crews were all contracted from Minneapolis. The same is likely true of the construction general contractor. Should that portion of the project still be considered a direct impact? I imagine some of the purchases and potentially some employees would be local, but the majority of employees would be from outside the area. 2. To show the construction worker spending (lodging, restaurants, etc...) separately, I plan to use the directions from this thread (link below) as a guide. However, to avoid double counting, should I also adjust the construction industry spending pattern (sector 58) to reduce or remove retail and hospitality coefficients? http://implan.com/index.php?option=com_kunena&view=topic&catid=84&id=19079&Itemid=1840#19828 3. Is there a preferred way to conduct this type of analysis that I am overlooking? I appreciate any help or feedback. Thank you!
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