Study shows St. Lawrence University creates $262 million economic impact on North Country each year
Friday, November 16, 2012 - 6:28 am

CANTON – The same study that showed Clarkson University's quarter-billion-dollar annual economic impact on the region has similar conclusions about St. Lawrence University’s impact.

The analysis concludes that SLU has an impact on the local economy amounting to $262 million a year. The data comes from a study from the Center for Governmental Research (CGR), through the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU).

The total combined impact of the North Country’s three private higher education institutions -- St. Lawrence, Clarkson University and Paul Smiths College -- is $593.5 million.

With total payroll exceeding $23.1 billion for 373,800 direct, indirect and induced jobs, New York's independent colleges and universities are major source of jobs in all regions of New York State. As private employers, independent (private, not-for-profit) colleges and universities directly employ 180,600 with a payroll that exceeds $12.2 billion.

In total, the 100-plus independent colleges and universities in New York State contributed $63.2 billion to the state's economy in 2011. This is an increase of $8.9 billion (16.4%) since 2009, and an increase of $15.7 billion (33.1%) from 2007.

"Higher education remains one of New York State's most significant economic sectors," said CICU President Laura L. Anglin. "The independent sector of higher education is a vibrant contributor to the economy and community. Private, not-for-profit higher education is the source a large number of jobs. Our colleges and universities are significant customers for local vendors, especially when it comes to construction. They are anchor tenants, talent magnets, workforce and innovation catalysts and community partners."

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For more information on statewide impact, visit the CICU website at