Feature Article - June 2009
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REGIONAL TRENDS

A Look at Regional Trends


Revenue & Budget Changes

Despite the down economy, respondents from the Northeast and South Atlantic regions were more likely than the average across the board to see their revenues increase from 2007 to 2008. In the Northeast, 48 percent saw their

revenues increase, while in the South Atlantic states, 47.4 percent saw revenues increase in that time period, compared to 45.1 percent of all respondents.

But looking forward to 2009 and 2010, it is the South Central region that is most likely to project increasing revenues. This ties in with the numbers reported above, which show that this region is the most likely to project increasing usage at its facilities. From 2008 to 2009, 42.6 percent of respondents in this region anticipate increasing revenues (compared to 38.1 percent across the nation), and from 2009 to 2010, 49.2 percent project an increase (compared to 41 percent nationally). Likewise, in 2010, those in this region are the least likely to expect to see their revenues decline. Just 6.7 percent project a decrease next year.

While the Midwest was least likely to report increasing revenues from 2007 to 2008, they recover quickly in 2009 and 2010, with 38.5 percent expecting an increase in 2009 and 41 percent expecting an increase in 2010. The Northeast reported similar expectations, with 38.2 percent and 41 percent projecting increasing revenues for 2009 and 2010, respectively.

The Midwest was most likely to report a decrease in revenues from 2007 to 2008, with 16.2 percent of respondents in that region indicating they had seen a drop. From 2008 to 2009, it is those in the West who are most likely to expect decreasing revenues, with a full quarter of respondents in this region expecting a decrease in that time period. From 2009 to 2010, it is the South Atlantic states that are most likely to expect decreasing revenues, with 22.8 percent of respondents in that region anticipating a drop.