Community Impact

An independent consulting firm estimated direct economic impact of The Campus and other facilities is
$100-150 million dollars with a multiplier effect that will ripple throughout Payson and the surrounding areas.

Examples include the following:

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Business Attraction

New businesses will be attracted to Payson as a result of the coming campus. The needs of the area will expand in previously unanticipated ways, requiring the growth of industries necessary to address these new needs.

Economic Activity

Additional businesses will be needed to provide services to students, faculty, and other staff. These include restaurants, retailers, medical services, personal services and others.

Revenue Generation

New businesses will generate sales tax revenue that remain in the Town of Payson. New jobs will generate income that will also be spent in Payson and the surrounding communities.

Stabilize Property Tax Base

The university will generate jobs and demand for housing, thereby creating upward pressure on property values and resulting property tax base.

Counter Cyclical Industry

Because classes at The Campus will be in session primarily in the fall, winter and spring, the campus schedule will counterbalance Payson’s seasonal economy that currently relies heavily on summer tourism.

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Improved Economic Stability

The Campus and facilities will broaden Payson’s economic base from primarily tourism to a more diverse economy that includes education, specialty research and development, conferences and conventions.

Improved Real Estate Market

With increased economic stability, the wild swings experienced in the real estate market should moderate, due to more consistent demand for housing from primary residents who live and work in the community.

The goal: more high-wage jobs and careers without leaving Payson, Arizona.

The Campus and ancillary businesses are projected to create 600 permanent, full-time jobs in the community.

At least 300 full-time construction jobs are anticipated to build the campus and other facilities.

Ancillary businesses in hospitality, food service and conference planning will create additional job opportunities in the community.