Gee: Report Underscores WVU as Region's 'Economic Engine'

Jun 19, 2015

West Virginia University says its main campus in Morgantown and regional medical facilities had an economic impact totaling $3.6 billion in 2014.

Credit West Virginia University

The report issued Friday found that more than 26,000 workers are employed directly by the university or indirectly through spending in the local economy. That represents 22 percent of the region's workforce.

WVU President Gordon Gee met with area officials, legislators and business representatives to share the report.

It sized up economic activity associated with WVU's main campus and medical organizations in Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston and Taylor counties.

 Gee declared the university "the economic engine for our region."

WVU's main campus accounted for 42 percent of the total estimated economic impact.