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Tallahassee Democrat: Higher ed offers plenty to economic development

Friday, May 17, 2013

By Dr. Ed Moore

Re: “Higher ed gives us an edge in luring businesses” (Byron Dobson, May 5).

I enjoyed reading Byron Dobson’s column about higher education, and I appreciate his focus on our growing economy. Our state’s higher education system plays a significant role in advancing our state’s economy and future workforce, but we must be inclusive of all institutions when discussing the impact of higher learning. The column did not mention the five independent, not-for-profit colleges located right here in Tallahassee, which serve more than 1,000 students, making a substantial impact on our local economy.

Barry University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Flagler College, Keiser University and Saint Leo University are essential to attracting college students to our capital city. Plus, these vibrant schools offer a wide array of majors and areas of study, particularly in STEM.

The combination of state colleges, community colleges and independent institutions makes a considerable contribution to our local economy and ensures Tallahassee is the ultimate destination for those seeking higher education.

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