USF Economic Impact Report
A new report details the university’s role as a catalyst for growth across the state of Florida.
In this report, the breadth and depth of USF’s economic impact can be seen in all aspects of the university’s operations — from the students it educates, to the faculty and professional staff it employs, to the talented professionals and entrepreneurs who power a modern innovation economy.
Catalyst for Growth
Compiled by a team from the Muma College of Business, the study shows that America’s fastest-rising university had a total economic impact of $6.02 billion in fiscal 2019-20. For reference, USF’s economic impact would be like having roughly 10-15 Super Bowls in one city per year, based on data from host cities.
Among the Report's Key Findings:
With 16,277 employees, USF is the 14th largest public employer in Florida.
In the 2019-20 fiscal year, USF-related direct spending, together with ripple effects, supported 68,704 jobs in Florida. Many of the jobs supported by USF are in high-skill, high-wage, knowledge-based industries, such as life sciences, information technology and financial services.
State Support Shows Big Returns
Every dollar in state funding helped generate $14.07 in economic output.
USF received state support of $427.8 million in the 2019-20 fiscal year. In turn, the university generates direct economic impact through its spending on wages and purchases from Florida-based vendors.
That spending produces indirect economic impact when the local suppliers hire employees and make purchases from other local vendors.
Additionally, spending of wages by employees of the university and its suppliers in the Florida economy produces induced economic impact — the values stemming from household spending of labor income.
Every dollar in state support leveraged $3.33 from other non-state government sources for USF during the 2019-20 fiscal year. These funds help the university deliver high-quality educational services that attract 50,000 students annually and power impactful research.
In addition to the Florida taxpayer money provided to support the institution, USF generated $1.43 billion in additional revenues ranging from support from the federal government and private-sector to intercollegiate athletic revenues and other auxiliary enterprises.
USF spending generated more than $600 million in federal, state and local tax revenue.
The university amassed a record total of $535.4 million in research contracts and grants, building a powerful research and innovation enterprise that produces new knowledge and technologies.
State Support Creates Jobs
Every $6,227 in state funding to USF supports one job in Florida.
Read more about how USF's economic impact is creating opportunities
From business and job creation to addressing coastal and climate change; from responding to critical health care needs to preparing students for career success, and so much more, USF is creating opportunities throughout the Tampa Bay region.
Across USF’s three campuses and throughout Florida, faculty, staff, students and alumni are making a positive difference. USF Magazine winter 2021’s cover feature illustrates in human terms the many ways USF is creating opportunities throughout the region and state.
- J.P. DuBuque, president and CEO of the Greater St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation
- Bemetra Simmons, president and CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership
- Lisa Krouse, CEO of the Sarasota County Economic Development Corporation
- Craig Richard, president and CEO of the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council
- Sharon Hillstrom, president and CEO of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp