Dalton State’s Regional Economic Impact Exceeds $112 Million

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dalton State College remains a significant economic driver for Northwest Georgia, pumping more than $112 million into the regional economy last year and supporting nearly 1,400 jobs, according to a report released Wednesday by the University System of Georgia.


The report, which measures economic impact of the System’s 31 colleges and universities, covers the 2012 fiscal year, July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012, and was compiled by Dr. Jeffrey Humphreys, director of the Selig Center for Economic Growth of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.


The total economic impact to the Northwest Georgia region was $112,753,350; the number of full and part-time jobs sustained by Dalton State dollars was 1,392.


Initial spending by Dalton State equaled $102,325,096; this spending included salaries and fringe benefits, operating supplies and expenses, and other budgeted expenditures. The remaining $10,428,254 in economic impact was created by re-spending – the multiplier effect of those dollars as they are spent again within the region which includes Whitfield, Murray, Catoosa, Gordon, Walker, and Gilmer counties.


“Despite the region’s high unemployment and struggling economy, Dalton State continues to be a significant economic engine for Northwest Georgia,” said Dr. John O. Schwenn, President.


The first study in the series calculated Dalton State’s impact at $55,142,940 in Fiscal Year 1999. The latest figure represents a nearly $58 million increase since FY99 – or 104 percent growth in the College’s economic impact on the Northwest Georgia region. That gain far outstrips inflation, which was only 38 percent over this same period, Humphreys said.


According to the Selig study, the University System had a $14.1 billion impact on the state’s economy during Fiscal Year 2012. The study found that Georgia’s public university system generated 139,263 full- and part-time jobs; approximately 33 percent of these positions are on campus as USG employees and 67 percent are off-campus positions in either the private or public sectors.


“Of course, our studies focus on spending and economic impact, but do not attempt to measure the value the University System adds in terms of quality of life, the creation of a highly educated workforce to meet the needs of businesses, government, and communities, or the overall health of communities,” Dr. Humphreys said.


Bandy Center To Host Ghostly Program

Dalton State College’s Bandy Heritage Center invites enthusiasts of all things paranormal to join author Connie Hall Scott on a journey through a host of spectral things that go bump in the night. In a program that is free and open to the public, the Bandy Center will sponsor a presentation of Scott’s book, “Haunted Dalton,” on Tuesday from 6 to 7 pm in Room 105 of Dalton State ... (click for more)

Paige Atchley, Of Hixson, Receives University Of Tennessee's Torchbearer Award

The University of Tennessee honored its 2014 Chancellor’s Honor Recipients’ at a banquet on Wednesday. Twelve students were honored as Torchbearers. The Torchbearer award is the highest honor a University of Tennessee graduate can receive. Paige Atchley, 22, a native of Hixson, and a 2010 graduate of Soddy Daisy High School received this award. She is the daughter of Greg and ... (click for more)

Berke Names Fred Fletcher, Of Austin, Tex., New Chattanooga Police Chief

Mayor Andy Berke announced on Thursday, Fred Fletcher of Austin, Tex., as his pick for Chattanooga Chief of Police. With 20 years of experience in law enforcement, Mr. Fletcher has served in an executive, command, or supervisory role for 12 years.  As commander in Region III of the Austin Police Department, Mr. Fletcher spearheaded community initiatives including a drug market ... (click for more)

Child, 23 Months, Found Dead In Crib With Fentanyl Patch On Back; Death Ruled Homicide

A 23-month-old Chattanooga boy has been found dead in his crib with a Fentanyl patch on his back. The death of Demarcus Bryant at 7655 Borris Dr. last month was ruled a homicide. An autopsy report says he died from "Fentanyl patch placed by someone else." Chattanooga Police are investigating. No one has yet been charged. The child was found face down in his crib. ... (click for more)

Use The Current Rail System Already In Place - And Response (2)

Why spend $20 million or more on an unproven system to run from the Southside of Chattanooga when we already have the beginnings of a system?  The question apparently has surfaced of why the Choo Choo City doesn't have a rail line. We do have a rail line with the Tennessee Valley RR Museum and their hardware. And they already make runs from the Southside to close to Enterprise ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UAW Voices In Detroit

Today we are going to eavesdrop on somewhat of an open conversation that was held far to the north after the United Auto Workers surprisingly dropped a legal challenge with the National Labor Relations Board in Chattanooga the first thing on Monday morning. The NLRB judge certified the VW workers’ February vote to turn away the UAW at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen manufacturing plant ... (click for more)