SUAA Higher Education Creates Jobs

The State Universities Annuitants Association (SUAA), a voluntary association that promotes and protects our SURS retirements, has started an awareness campaign to remind citizens of how higher education institutions support and promote our local communities.

Here are some talking points for how ECC and other higher education institutions are good for the state:

  • Businesses look for an locate in communities that have quality higher education opportunities.
  • Often the institution of higher education is the community’s largest employer.
  • Higher education employees purchase or rent housing, and employees purchase goods and services locally, supporting employment in grocery stores, restaurants, home repair businesses, gas stations, mom and pop stores, and so on.
  • Community colleges and universities contract out in their local areas for a variety of products and services (construction projects, printing services, food vendors, etc.) providing employment in local communities.
  • Higher education employees pay taxes to support local governments, public schools, police, fire services, snow removal, etc., generating jobs in local communities.
  • Students graduate and often locate in the community.  Some of these educated individuals create small businesses, and as these businesses grow they hire additional employees.

What would our community look like without ECC?

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