Your groundbreaking research not only enhances the reputation of our university, it plays a vital part in the local and state economy.
In fact, earlier this month, I addressed the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce at its annual conference in Amelia Island, and I spoke about that very subject. Did you know that FSU’s annual economic impact is estimated to be about $10 billion? It's not such a surprise when you consider our total operating budget is about $1.6 billion — about twice the City of Tallahassee’s budget and larger than that of 72 foreign countries. A big part of our impact is a result of the research dollars you bring in through contracts and grants and the jobs you help create.
Those numbers are staggering and just reinforce what an important role Florida State plays in Tallahassee, the state of Florida and the world. I know the message certainly resonated with the Chamber!
The FSU Police and Department of Emergency Management recently launched the new SeminoleSAFE mobile app. It provides everyone on campus another great tool in keeping FSU safe. Make sure to check it out and download it on your device today!
Campus is already bustling this week, as students have started moving into their residence halls. Take a second to say hello, shake their hands and welcome them to FSU.
This is a truly incredible place to learn and work, and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to make a difference in young people’s lives.
Please remember, I love hearing about your research and achievements, so feel free to email me when you have something you’d like to share. Also, I have included some media clips about your top-notch work below.
I hope your semester gets off to a great start!