The economic impact of UNG is a measure of direct and indirect spending that contributes to the 30-county service region served by the university.
“This study shows that UNG’s commitment toward advancing economic growth and prosperity in the areas we serve is right on target,” President Bonita C. Jacobs said. “Each and every day, UNG’s students, faculty and staff are contributing to our community to produce high-performing graduates ready to enter the workforce, and serve as a catalyst for economic development.”
UNG has campuses in Blue Ridge, Cumming, Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Oconee County. The study area for UNG includes Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Green, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Union, Walton, and White counties.
UNG also had a regional employment impact of 6,204 jobs in the same period. The employment impact includes on-campus positions and off-campus jobs that exist due to the institution.
As a whole, the public colleges and universities that comprised the USG in 2016 had a total impact of $16.8 billion on the state, representing an increase of 8 percent from fiscal year 2015-2016. The study was conducted by the Selig Center for Economic Growth in the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, on behalf of the Board of Regents.