Clarkson offers $347M boost

An ongoing renovation and expansion of Clarkson University’s Cheel Campus Center and Arena, pictured on Wednesday, will add more than 30,000 square feet to the facility and modernize the structure, which was built in 1991. A Center for Governmental Research study estimates Clarkson was responsible for 2,320 jobs in the region in 2019, from both direct and indirect employment for Cheel construction and other activities. Christopher Lenney/Watertown Daily Times

POTSDAM — From employment and spending associated with visits, conferences and institutional services, Clarkson University is estimated to have boosted the north country’s economy by $346.9 million in 2019.

The estimate was calculated by the Rochester-based Center for Governmental Research, a nonprofit consultant founded more than a century ago, and the study was conducted on behalf of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities of New York.

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