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Tribal college boosts local economy by $44 million
30 May 2003

BISMARCK, ND - Having United Tribes Technical College educating American Indian students at its 105-acre campus in south Bismarck means bucks flowing into the local economy. An economic impact study released May 30 by the college puts the figure at $44 million for the annual amount of direct and secondary benefits to Bismarck and Mandan. If the entire state of North Dakota is considered, the economic impact is even greater, over $54 million.

      "This is the kind of information people need to know," said UTTC President David M. Gipp. "In addition to what we do for students and their families, our economic contribution to the community is significant."

      Gipp released the report at a press conference in Bismarck attended by U. S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and the mayors of Bismarck and Mandan. The college seeks federal refunding because the Bush Administration declined to include it in the Department of Interior budget for the last two funding cycles. Congress restored funds for the current fiscal year but not for FY 2004, which begins in October.

      "We all know United Tribes Technical College helps its students build better and stronger futures," said Dorgan. "Now we also know just how much it is doing to build a stronger community and region, as well."

      As the Ranking Member of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, Dorgan pledged to work with the college to restore federal funding the Administration said should be eliminated.

      "Today's report is a major boost to our effort to restore those funds," said Dorgan.

 

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