What’s the Impact? – Michigan

We’ve been asking the question, what’s the economic impact of barn quilts in your community.  Here’ a testimony from Michigan:

Boy this is a hard thing to attribute a figure to!  We have discussed this a lot at our committee meetings.  Alcona County is mostly rural, with tourism being a big source of income.  Small business owners that interact with their customers do report that they have seen a significant increase in traffic due to the quilt trail.  One business owner (a honey farm along the route) who placed an ad in our map brochures reported that it was the best advertising money she had ever spent.  The only “concrete fact” that we have is the number of map brochures that we print and distribute.  We are beginning to get phone calls from travel agents with bus tours who are interested in the trail.  Good luck!


Cindi Van Hurk
Alcona County Quilt Trail
Alcona County, Michigan

About Mary Simpson

Mary is one of the facilitators for barnquilttrails.ca, a Canadian network of quilters, rural organizations, museums, historians, sponsors and many others with a passion for rural Canada. We are working together to promote and enhance rural creativity, the arts, Canadian heritage and culture.

Posted on March 28, 2011, in Barn Quilt Trails., What's the impact? and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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