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ND report shows $1.1 billion impact on the county

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$1.1 billion is a lot of money and a new study shows that's the impact Notre Dame has on St. Joseph County every year.

It's a study done every five years and the recent report shows ND is making even bigger impact than ever before. The University says there are several reasons for the growth. One reason? On-campus construction.

Public Affairs Associate Director Jessica Brookshire says in the last 5 years, the University has added the Compton Family Ice Arena, renovated the Morris Inn and played a part in building Eddy Street Commons. "Construction has been huge, over the last five years, we've averaged over $95 million worth of construction a year, so that's significant."

Especially to workers like Mark Navarre. "I've been very fortunate with having so much construction going on, it's put food on my plate."

He's worked as an electrician on campus for 20 years. Sometimes he's helping build facilities from ground up, other times he does daily maintenance jobs. "Notre Dame builds everything top notch."

And Michiana Area Construction Industry Advancement Fund Executive Director, Don Fozo says the University has kept workers like Navarre busy, even with hard economic times. "If it wasn't for Notre Dame, it would be a lot sadder in this area."

He says the majority of the work his contractors do is spent on the campus. "I don't think you can measure the impact that Notre Dame has on the construction industry."

And the University says they expect an even greater impact in the next five years. "We were able to forecast what the next five years looks like and it looks really good. We are projecting to spend over $100 million a year over the next five years in construction."

And workers like Navarre say it feels good to know their jobs are secure. "The university has done a lot."

The other areas highlighted in the study were growth in research and an increase in students and faculty on campus. To view the full report, click here.

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