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James Madison University is a leading economic engine in the City of Harrisonburg, the Shenandoah Valley and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In addition to employing Virginians by the thousands, JMU prepares the future workforce to be successful, and is a leader in innovative research that works to solve critical problems facing the world.

JMU’s Office of Institutional Research recently conducted an in-depth analysis of the economic impact the university makes in Harrisonburg, Rockingham County and the Commonwealth of Virginia. And, while the numbers are quite impressive, the real impact of the university is best shown in the words of its partners, neighbors and friends.....this is that story.

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