JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- A new study values East Tennessee State University's impact on the region at more than $683 million.
The evaluation by ETSU's Bureau of Business and Economic Research looks at the total economic impact of both the university and the Medical Education Assistance Corporation -- the physician practice group for the university's medical school.
Together, they create more than 5,000 jobs that pay an average of $48,000.
The study is based on the school's 2010-2011 budget.
A similar study in 2001 found ETSU's total economic impact was $328 million. That did not include the physicians group.
ETSU alone today has a $620 million impact, an increase of about 90 percent.
Jobs have increased by 40 percent over the same period, and the resulting household income increased by more than 50 percent.