Hometown U

Hometown U represents the University of Alaska Anchorage. We are a diverse and inclusive public university serving 20,000 students in Anchorage and four community campuses. Our mission is to discover and disseminate knowledge through teaching, research, engagement and creative expression.

Here you'll be alerted to enriching opportunities for engaging your mind and heart. What are our scientists working on? Our playwrights and poets? What's student life like? Get perspective on Alaska and global complexities through the eyes of those who study them carefully.

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We invite you to explore this great university, located right in your own backyard.

Contact Kathleen McCoy at kmccoy5@uaa.alaska.edu

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McDowell Group study defines economic impact of UA on Alaska

The annual economic impact of the university includes $714 million in direct effects and $402 million in indirect and induced effects according to a McDowell Group study, titled "The Economic Impact of the University of Alaska 2012."

"It showcases the extent to which the university, by bringing high quality learning and workforce development to Alaska, is contributing to the state's well-being and keeping Alaska competitive in the 21st century knowledge economy," said University of Alaska President Patrick Gamble.Summary of University of Alaska Expenditures, FY11Summary of University of Alaska Expenditures, FY11

Direct effects are those tied straight to university purchases, household purchases by employees and student spending. Indirect effects result from industries doing business with the university. Induced effects are changes in state economic activity resulting from the effect of spending university-related payroll dollars in the Alaska economy. In terms of employment, university spending translates to 8,247 direct jobs and 7,435 indirect and induced jobs. The university ranks as Alaska's fourth largest employer.

According to the McDowell Group study, for each dollar the State of Alaska invested in UA in FY11, the university generated $3.25 in total economic activity within the state. And, for each dollar of state investment in university research, UA generated $5.60 in additional research revenue. It is clear that as a major driver of economic activity in Alaska, the university provides a significant return on investment of public dollars.

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UA is a principal source of human capital in Alaska. Spending generated in support of core UA mission accomplishments, and with the broad civic engagement of its students, faculty and staff, generates an irreplaceable contribution to Alaska's human capital. The McDowell analysis concluded that the higher-educated and workforce-trained pool of UA graduates accounts for nearly 10 percent of Alaska's labor force and almost $2 billion in annual state payroll. Says Gamble, "The total value added to Alaska by our UA graduates? Priceless!"

For more information contact Kate Wattum at (907) 450-8102 or kewattum@alaska.edu. A copy of the report, an 83-page PDF, can be downloaded here.

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