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Report: Colleges and universities bring home the bacon

By HILARY LANE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities held a conference at Utica College Tuesday, releasing new data on the higher education impact on the area and the role colleges have on the community.

According to the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, colleges and universities in the Mohawk Valley contribute more than $570 million to the New York State economy annually, enroll more than 7,000 students and employ over 4,000 people in the area.

"So what we are seeing, because of the strength of our schools, is that we are a stabilizing effect in the economy," said Laura Anglin, President of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities. "Our employment numbers are still growing, the economic impact of what we contribute is still growing."

In addition to releasing the research, the commission held a conference for educators, elected officials, and group leaders focusing on attracting and retaining local talent for higher education.

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