Western’s Economic Impact on West Central Illinois Tops $473 Million

MACOMB, IL — Since Western Illinois University was established in 1899, the regional public university has contributed economically, culturally and philanthropically to the region. A recent study released by the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs’ Rural Economic Technical Assistance Center (RETAC) indicates that Western’s economic impact within a 16-county region in central Illinois is approximately $473 million.

The complete study can be found at wiu.edu/users/miiira/Newsletter/WIU_Economic_Impact_2016.pdf.

Economic impact studies are just one of the services that the Robin Hanna at the Rural Economic Technical Assistance Center (RETAC) can provide for rural communities.

Contact Robin Hanna for more information.