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Report: Cal Poly is major economic engine for San Luis Obispo County

Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

The Colleges and Universities that dot the Central Coast do far more than create an educated populace, they also account for a major portion of the area’s economy.

A recent study took a look at one university in particular—Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo—and found when you tabulate all of the various economic interactions that institution, its students, faculty and staff have with the surrounding area, the sum of those accounts for 12 percent of the entire county’s economic output.


  • Mike Manchak, CEO of the Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC).
  • Bradford Anderson, Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Cal Poly