Region gets $667 million boost from university

UNG made an economic impact of more than $667 million on northeast Georgia during fiscal year 2018, an increase of some $47 million over the previous year, according to data released Aug. 20. An additional $1.77 million impact is attributed to capital construction projects in fiscal year 2018.

“This annual study once again shows the strong impact that UNG has on the economic strength of northeast Georgia,” President Bonita Jacobs said. “In addition to increasing educational attainment through access to an affordable, high-quality education, we continue to work with partners in education, industry and the community to facilitate economic development
across the region and beyond.”

UNG, which has campuses in Blue Ridge, Cumming, Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Oconee County, also had a regional employment impact of 7,004 jobs in the same period, an increase of 235 jobs from the previous study. The employment impact includes on-campus positions and off-campus jobs that exist due to the institution.

The annual study of the University System of Georgia’s economic impact measures direct and indirect spending that contributes to the university’s service region.