APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV)
Lawrence University in Appleton has released the results of a study that measures its economic, culural and charitable impact on the Fox Valley
The university says the study – done by independent economic consulting firm Appleseed – shows that the school had a $70.3 million economic impact on Appleton and the Fox Cities in Fiscal Year 2017. That money comes from employee earnings, goods and services, construction projects, off campus spending, and visitor spending.
“We knew that we had a beneficial partnership being here in the Fox Valley and in Appleton,” said Megan Scott, Associate VP of Communication for the university. “I think it really helped solidify that partnership for us.”
The results of the study were delivered at the school’s 10th annual community report on Tuesday, entitled “The Engaged University.” Nearly 200 business, non-profit and government leaders were in attendance.
“We really wouldn’t be the city of Appleton without Lawrence, so it’s really important to be here, support the school, and support the students here,” said state representative Amanda Stuck.
“Lawrence is so proud to be a member of the Appleton community, and we’ve really been partners for 172 years,” Scott said. “And we’re so thankful for everyone who came out today to celebrate this with us, and we look forward to another 172 years of partnership.”
Among the notable findings from the study:
- 886 Lawrence graduates live and work in the Fox Cities (5% of area residents with a bachelor’s degree are Lawrence graduates).
- $1.44 million in financial aid is provided to LU students from the Fox Cities.
- 605 faculty and staff are directly employed by Lawrence, with a payroll totally nearly $29.9 million. The earnings of faculty and staff employed full-time averaged $58,240 in 2017.
- $1.4 million was paid to contractors and vendors in the Fox Cities for various construction and renovation projects in 2017. Another $2.2 million went to contractors elsewhere in Wisconsin.
- Faculty, staff and students have ongoing relationships with 100 agencies and organizations in the Fox Cities. Nearly 10,450 hours of community volunteer work was reported in the 2016-17 academic year.
- Nearly 1,500 children across the Fox Cities participate in the Lawrence Academy of Music, a division of the Conservatory of Music.
- Lawrence plays a major role in the arts community in the Fox Cities. The Conservatory features upwards of 20 performances throughout the year by internationally recognized artists. Three convocations a year bring in nationally recognized speakers. The Wriston Art Gallery presents about 10 art exhibits a year. All are open to the public.
- The Warch Campus Center has become a popular location for booking community and corporate events, as well as weddings and other celebrations.
- Lawrence has worked closely with local leaders in efforts to make Appleton and the Fox Cities a more welcoming and inclusive community for people of all backgrounds.