Study Reveals Gordon State Pumps $144 Million into Regional Economy

Tue Aug 22 00:00:00 EDT 2017


Gordon State College contributed more than $144 million to the regional economy and provided 1,317 jobs in fiscal year 2016, according to a report released Monday by the University System of Georgia.

Gordon State's impact on the regional economy grew $9.6 million and an additional 28 jobs were created during the fiscal year which spanned July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

Of the College's total job impact, 320 exist on campus with 997 off-campus jobs that exist due to institution-related spending.

According to the report, spending by Gordon State students accounted for $78.5 million of the total $143 million contributed to the regional economy - an increase of $2 million.

There are approximately 4,000 students enrolled at Gordon State College.

"These numbers show that Gordon State's impact on the region is impressive and is growing," said Gordon State College President Max Burns. "We are proud to not only produce students ready to fill the needs of the regional and state workforce, but to continue to have a positive impact on the economy."

The University System's economic impact grew $1.3 billion to $16.8 billion, an increase of 8 percent, from fiscal year 2015 to 2016. The increase is attributed to "spending by the institution and spending by the students who attend that particular college or university." On average, for every dollar spent by the university, an additional 52 cents is generated for that institution's region.

"The University System is committed to its role in supporting and advancing the economic growth of the State of Georgia," said Chancellor Steve Wrigley. "These numbers reflect the hard work and support of Georgians across the state, and we hope to continue to drive innovation, workforce development and job creation for years to come."

The economic impact of the USG is a measure of direct and indirect spending that contributes to the regions served by the System's colleges and universities.

Most of the $16.8 billion economic impact consists of initial spending by USG institutions for salaries and fringe benefits, operating expenses and other budgeted expenditures, as well as spending by the students who attended the institutions. Initial spending by USG institutions and students equaled approximately $11 billion, or almost 66 percent of the total economic impact. The remaining $5.8 billion (34 percent) of the economic impact was created by respending, which is the multiplier effect of the dollars that are spent again in the region.

The FY16 study found that the University System generated nearly 157,967 full- and part-time jobs - 3.6 percent of all jobs in Georgia. Approximately 32 percent of these positions are on campus as USG employees and 68 percent are off-campus positions in either the private or public sectors.

To calculate the economic impact for FY16, the Selig Center for Economic Growth in the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business analyzed data collected between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016. The annual study is conducted on behalf of the Board of Regents by Jeffrey M. Humphreys, Ph.D., director of the Selig Center.

The full study with data for all USG institutions is available here: