The economic impact of the Great Bay project occurs in both the initial construction phase and the subsequent operation and maintenance phase. Two years ago, the Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore was commissioned to evaluate the effects on employment, labor income and output and the fiscal effects at the county and state levels. In short, the study found that the project will create hundreds of jobs and tens of millions of dollars in direct and indirect economic activity centered in one of Maryland poorest jurisdictions — while adding significant new tax revenues each year to Somerset County. (The full study is available for review at greatbaywind.com.) Obviously, the largest economic impacts will take place during construction, but major impacts will be seen throughout the life of the project.