While it's clear institutions of higher education play a positive and important role in local and regional economies, it is a relationship that is often difficult to quantify and describe. These institutions create jobs, spend money, and conduct valuable research and innovation activites. Alumni, students, and visitors also contribute to the economy as workers and consumers. While Oregon State University, like other institutions, understands it plays a positive role in the regional and global economy, it still wanted to better understand and communicate that role.
To address this challenge, OSU asked ECONorthwest to deliver a series of reports that quantified and described some of the University's economic contributions to the local, state, and global economies. ECONorthwest delivered three reports, each addressing a different area of impact:
As part of its IMPACT 2012 campaign, OSU held a series of talks in nearly every county in Oregon. In each of these talks, OSU presented the results of ECONorthwest's general analysis and impact to each of the counties.
Oregon State University wants to make Bend branch campus four-year University
The Oregonian. June 1, 2012. Bill Graves.
OSU president touts university's impact in Oregon
East Oregonian. May 17, 2012. Tom Brown.
OSU pumps cash into Oregon during recession
Daily Astorian. May 2, 2012. Edward Stratton.
OSU impact on Portland economy large and varied, study says
Koin Local 6. January 23, 2012.
OSU's Ray presents study on university's economic impact
Corvallis Gazette-Times. January 20, 2012. Gail Cole.
The results are in: OSU contributes billions to economy
Corvallis Gazette-Times. January 19, 2012. Gail Cole.
Oregon State University has $2 billion economic footprint, says President Ed Ray
The Oregonian. January 18, 2012. Bill Graves.
Oregon State economic impact: $2.06 billion
Portland Business Journal. January 18, 2012. Matthew Kish.
OSU Charts Record $2.06 Billion Impact and Major Contributions to Oregon
Oregon State University (press release). January 18, 2012. Todd Simmons.