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Economic Impact Analysis
NorthStar Economics has
conducted economic impact studies for numerous higher education institutions
and systems, as well as special events and industries.
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Economic Impact of the 2004 PGA Championship
The 2004 PGA Championship was held at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.
This study measures the impact of the event, including the impact of direct spending by out-of-state spectators, in-state spending by the PGA, and sales tax revenue generated.
The report contains data and analysis in support of our conclusion that the event resulted in an economic contribution to the state of Wisconsin in excess of $76 million.
|The University of Wisconsin's Economic Contribution to Wisconsin, published in September of 2002, was principally investigated and authored by NorthStar Vice President / Director of Research Dennis K. Winters. William A. Strang consulted on the project, in which we concluded that the UW System contributes nearly $9.5 billion to the Wisconsin economy - over 5% of Wisconsin's gross state product. Additionally, the UW System is responsible for more than 150,000 in-state jobs (almost 6% of the state's workforce), and generates nearly $408 million in state income and sales tax revenue annually.|
|Kansas Higher Education's Economic Contribution to Kansas, funded by Citizens for Higher Education, is an economic impact study of all of the public colleges, universities, and technical schools in the State of Kansas. Among our conclusions are that the Kansas Higher Education Community (KHEC) contributes $5.2 billion dollars to Kansasís economy annually (more than 6% of the stateís GSP), that KHEC activities are responsible for almost 116,000 in-state jobs (more than 8% of Kansasís employed workforce), and KHEC's presence in the state generates over $281 million dollars in state tax revenue annually.|
|The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Economic Contribution to the Region, published in June of 2003, was principally investigated and authored by NorthStar Vice President / Director of Research Dennis K. Winters. William A. Strang consulted on the project, in which we concluded that UW-Madison contributes nearly $4.7 billion to the regional economy. In addition, UW-Madison is responsible for creating almost 75,000 jobs in the state (70,000 of them locally), and generates nearly $347 million in state tax revenue, nearly 90% of state funding.|
|Community Collaboration: A Market Profile of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, is a study in which we took the traditional economic impact analysis a step further and explored the role of the University as an economic partner in the community. The study analyzes the University's economic contribution to the region ($417 million as of 2002), and further illustrates the University's role not only as an economic contributor, but as an economic, social, and cultural anchor as well.|
|The University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Economic Contribution to the Region, published in October of 2003, reports that UW-Platteville contributes nearly $197 million to the Grant County region, and nearly $224 million statewide. The specific contributions of the institution, faculty and staff, and visitors are also reported. Our study concluded that UW-Platteville is responsible for the creation of more than 3,800 jobs in Wisconsin (over 3,400 of them in the Grant County region), and generates more than $9.5 million in state tax revenue annually.|
|University of Wisconsin-Stout's Economic Contribution to the Region, published in August of 2004, is the most recent of our economic impact studies of UW campuses. The results of our analysis include findings that UW-Stout contributes more than $312 million to Dunn Countyís economy, and almost $344 million to the Stateís economy annually. UW-Stout activities are responsible for almost 6,700 jobs in Dunn County and over 7,200 jobs statewide. The UW-Stout presence in the state generates over $18 million in state income and sales tax revenue annually.|
|Construction's Economic Contribution to Wisconsin is a study that was commissioned by the Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee. The study explored the impact of a particular subset of the construction industry: multi-family residential, commercial and industrial building. In this study, we concluded that the particular construction industry subset analyzed contributed over $7.4 billion to the Wisconsin economy in 2001 (over 4% of Wisconsin gross state product). Industry subset-related activities are responsible for over 114,000 jobs statewide, and generate more than $260 million in state income and sales tax revenue annually.|
|The Economic Impact of Electric Power Transmission Lines in the Midwest was commissioned by the American Transmission Company (ATC). ATC constructs power lines ranging from large scale 345-kilovolt lines, like the recently completed Arrowhead-Weston line, as well as smaller capacity, 138-kilovolt lines connecting local substations, such as the recently constructed Femrite-Sprecher line. This study calculates the economic impact of constructing power transmission lines of each type. We concluded that a typical 345-kV line produces $1.5 million in direct impact, 11.6 jobs, $43,000 in tax revenue, and $2.1 million in total impact for every mile constructed, while a typical 138-kV line produces more than $4.5 million in direct impact, 42.5 jobs, $159,000 tax revenue, and more than $6 million in total economic impact for every mile constructed|
|The Economic Impact of Recreational Trout Angling in the Driftless Area was completed in April of 2008. The study was funded by in part through a Multistate Conservation Grant administered by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Trout Unlimited. Recreational trout angling contributes more than $1.1 billion per year to the regional economy in the Driftless Area comprised of parts of southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa, and northwestern Illinois.|
|The Value of Construction Apprentices in Southeastern Wisconsin was commissioned by the Construction Labor Management Council of Southeast Wisconsin, Inc. The study explored the economic impact of construction journeyworkers in Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Racine Counties. In 2004, southeastern Wisconsin construction journeyworkers contributed over $2.3 billion to the Wisconsin economy. There are over 30,000 skilled construction trades workers southeastern Wisconsin, who create more than 32,000 more jobs regionwide, and generate more than $160 million in state income and sales tax revenue annually.|
|The Economic Contribution of Wisconsin Public Libraries to the Economy of Wisconsin was completed in May of 2008. In this study, we conclude that Wisconsin Public Libraries contribute more than $753 million to the Wisconsin economy annually. In 2006, Wisconsin Public Libraries contributed $326,627,832 from library expenditures and staff and visitor spending. An additional $427,914,334 in economic benefit was derived from the value of Wisconsin Public Library services. Wisconsin Public Libraries directly employ 3,222 people, and create an additional 3,058 jobs indirectly, for a total of 6,280 jobs in the state. Wisconsin public libraries provide a return on investment of $4.06 for every dollar of public tax support that they receive.|
|The Economic Contribution of the University Research Park was first explored in our 2003 report, The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Economic Contribution to the Region. This follow up focuses solely on University Research Park, which contains 34 buildings, housing 114 companies employing more than 4,100 workers with average annual earnings of more than $62,000. In this study, we concluded that the Park is responsible for the creation of more than 9,100 jobs and generates in excess of $46 million in tax revenue. The total economic impact of University Research Park is nearly $682 million.|
|The Economic Impact of the 2004 PGA Championship to the State of Wisconsin reports NorthStar's calculation of the economic impact of the 2004 PGA Championship, which was held at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin. This study measures the impact of the event, including the impact of direct spending by out-of-state spectators, in-state spending by the PGA, and sales tax revenue generated. The report contains data and analysis in support of our conclusion that the event resulted in an economic impact in excess of $76 million.|
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