Economic Impact

In the fall of 2010, JWU commissioned Appleseed from New York City to conduct an independent community and economic impact study for the Denver Campus. The conservative IMPLAM modeling system we chose — widely used in this type of analysis — is tailored to reflect the economic structure of each county in the US and updated annually based on industry and household spending data gathered by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Between 2000 and 2009, JWU invested more than $48 million in construction and renovation to enhance and improve classroom facilities, culinary laboratories and residence halls on our Denver Campus. The campus' latest renovation project turned historic Mason Hall into the Wildcat Center, a 21st-century athletic facility, complete with a 600-seat gymnasium. JWU has also restored the historically significant 1890s building Treat Hall, located in the heart of the campus.

In 2010, JWU employed 174 people at its Denver Campus — 128 full-time and 46 part-time. Together, student and visitor spending supported an estimated 161 full-time jobs in local businesses and $13.8 million in economic activity in the Denver metropolitan area. Taking into account spending on payroll, purchasing and construction, off-campus spending by students and visitors (which totaled $22 million), and the “multiplier effect,” an independent economic impact study estimated that in 2009, our Denver Campus directly and indirectly accounted for $50.5 million in economic activity and the equivalent of 545 full-time jobs in the Denver metropolitan area.

As of 2009, 35 percent of all graduates of Johnson & Wales’ Denver Campus still lived in Colorado.

JWU in Denver

JWU provides a vital source of skilled professionals and bolsters the economies of the communities it calls home. See our impact on the city of Denver. read more