The Western Maricopa Coalition (WESTMARC) awarded Midwestern University its prestigious Economic Engine Award on Thursday, November 1, 2012, as part of its annual Best of the West Awards.
WESTMARC is a coalition of business, government, education, and community-group leaders that advocates for and promotes a positive image of the West Valley. The Best of the West Awards honor groups and individuals who promote outstanding contributions to the region.
Midwestern University, home to over 2,900 students and Arizona's largest medical school, had an annual economic impact of over $300 million on the City of Glendale. Its 156-acre campus located at 59th Avenue and the Loop 101 freeway will be expanded starting in 2013 thanks to a $100 million construction project supporting the recently-announced College of Veterinary Medicine. The University is also home to a trio of community clinics - the Multispecialty Clinic, Dental Institute, and Eye Institute - which offer comprehensive outpatient medical services.
Even in a "down" economy, Midwestern University has experienced consistent employment growth. Over the past three years, the University has added 140 to 150 new jobs per year. According to 2011 statistics, Midwestern directly employed 560 full-time employees and paid $44 million in payroll, which indirectly supported approximately 1,400 jobs and $57 million in payroll at other local businesses. Student spending alone is responsible for over $60 million in economic impact on the community.For more details about Midwestern University's economic presence in Arizona, call 623.572.3792 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of the University's 2011 Economic Impact Survey.