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Darton's Economic Impact Totals Nearly $136 Million in Fiscal Year 2012

July 10, 2013

ALBANY – Darton State College announced today that during fiscal year 2012 the College contributed $135.6 million to the local economy, up 13.5 percent from $119.4 million in FY 2011.

“We are proud of the impact Darton State continues to have on the community and has had since opening our doors in 1966,” said Tracy Goode, dean of institutional advancement.

The annual study, which is done by the Selig Center for Economic Growth in the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, analyzed data collected between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. According to the study, of Darton’s total output impact student spending equaled $78 million, or 57 percent. Additionally, Darton generated 1,627 jobs – both on and off campus during FY 2012.

The study areas for Darton’s economic impact include Dougherty, Lee, Worth, Mitchell, Terrell, Colquitt, Baker, Sumter, Calhoun, and Tift counties.

“As this report reflects, a major part of Darton’s impact is directly correlated to student spending. Our local economy benefits as our student population grows, which is why we are constantly seeking to increase our number of program offerings and secure additional sources for scholarship funding, said Goode. “We believe an investment in Darton State College and our students is an investment in our local economy.”

The overall economic impact of the State’s 31 public colleges and universities reached $14.1 billion in FY 2012, a 7.4 percent increase from FY 2011. The study also found that Georgia’s public university system generated nearly 139,263 full-and part-time jobs.

The complete report with data for all 31 USG institutions is available at: http://www.usg.edu/economic_development/documents/usg_Impact_fy2012.pdf. Current and past economic impact studies can be found at: http://www.usg.edu/economic_development/publications/studies.

Since 1966, Darton State College has been a leader in providing quality educational opportunities and services to Southwest Georgia. Darton offers a variety of programs, including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 82 associate degrees, and 19 certificate programs. Today, Darton is home to more than 6,400 students with over 155 international students from 40 countries. Darton State College, a public institution, is part of the University System of Georgia and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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