Washington State Fair

Washington State Fair

Economic Impact Study 

Michaela Jellicoe, project manager and lead analyst, with CAI Senior Economic Analyst Madalina Calen conducted a thorough economic and social impact and reach analysis of the Washington State Fair’s three annual events and events center facilities. This study has multiple components: an analysis of the direct impacts of the Washington State Fair, events at the fairgrounds and visitor spending; an analysis of the total economic impacts of the Washington State Fair to the City of Puyallup, Pierce County and Washington state; and an assessment of the social, educational, and cultural reach of the Washington State Fair. To do this, CAI leveraged public and private vendor data sources, conducted primary and secondary research, and interviewed stakeholders. In the end, CAI was able to tell a more complete story of the role the Washington State Fair plays in our economy, beyond the dollars and cents of the Fair’s spending and employment and their secondary impacts.

Port of Seattle Maritime Division

Port of Seattle, Port of Tacoma & The Northwest Seaport Alliance – Economic Impact Report

Economic Impact Study to the Great Seattle Region 

CAI, with Michaela Jellicoe as project manager and lead analyst, conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the economic impacts of the varied activities directly tied to port operations. The analytics include estimated direct activities – measured in jobs, income, and business output – directly supported by the above activities and associated nearby serviced directly tied to port operations and the broader economic fiscal impacts of these activities to the state economy.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Economic Impact Study to the Great Seattle Region 

CAI completed an economic impact study of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that measured the foundation’s economic impact on the Greater Seattle Region. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest, private foundation in the world, granting money to initiatives globally. At times, the foundation’s international work can overshadow its local grantmaking and programs. The report quantified direct impacts, which included jobs at the Seattle campus, wages paid to employees, contracts with local businesses and suppliers, and local grantmaking. Through economic impact models, CAI assessed how the foundation’s spending flows through the regional economy based on business-to-business purchases and wage spending.

The report also illustrated the catalytic influence of the foundation on the region’s nonprofits and the philanthropic sector, through specific examples and external data and perspectives. Interviews with stakeholders demonstrated how the foundation has helped shape the global health sector, and education and family homelessness policies.