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Tampa Bay Times: Gradebook: Florida colleges have $26.6B economic impact

Gradebook: "Florida colleges have $26.6B economic impact"

Tia Mitchell, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

March 18, 2013

Florida's College System, the 28 schools formerly known as the community college system, have a collective economic impact $26.6 billion each year, according to a recent study. The report took into account student productivity gains, college operations and student spending.

"This study comes on the heels of today's announcement that we've added more than 280,000 private-sector jobs over the last two years, and as we continue to focus on greater economic growth, students will have even more opportunities to find a job in the Sunshine State," Gov. Rick Scott said in a news release. "Moreover, this report is great news in support of our goal to create more jobs and strengthen education. Florida colleges continue to step up and provide students with an even more affordable, high-quality education."

The study was conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International and was commissioned by the Council of Presidents and the Florida College System Foundation.

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