OSU President to Deliver Economic Impact Address at City Club of Central Oregon

A new study of the size and scope of Oregon State University’s contributions to the economy and society shows the university’s economic footprint now totals $2.06 billion, with more than $1.93 billion of that in Oregon.

In an address at the City Club of Central Oregon on Thursday, April 19, OSU President Ed Ray will discuss how OSU’s economic impact has grown by almost $500 million – an increase of 33 percent – over the past five years.  President Ray will also address the growing academic, research, outreach and financial impact of OSU in Central Oregon, including through OSU-Cascades’ expanding academic and research programs and physical presence,  and increasing opportunities for faculty collaboration, research commercialization, and student involvement in local businesses and organizations. He will be joined by OSU-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson at the City Club presentation.

As part of OSU’s economic impact study, university leaders announced five new initiatives to help contribute to Oregon’s prosperity, including promoting research-based partnerships and innovations with private industry; expanding preventive health care programs in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences; meeting educational needs through OSU Extension, Oregon Open Campus and Extended Campus;  and hosting  forums on major scientific topics for policy-makers and business leaders.

Conducted by the ECONorthwest consulting firm, the economic impact analysis noted significant, across-the-board increases at OSU that grew the university’s impact throughout Oregon, as well as its effects on the nation and world.  The state’s largest public research university, OSU simultaneously holds the Carnegie Foundation’s top ranking for research universities, as well as its prestigious “community engagement” designation for extensive service to the public.

To register for City Club presentation, visit http://cityclubco.com or call 541-633-7163.  Registration is $20 for members, $35 for non-members, and $20 for first-time guests.  Buffet lunch is included.