Economic Impact of Southern Research on Alabama - InfographicSouthern Research is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) research institute headquartered in Birmingham. Southern Research was established in 1941. Southern Research currently employs nearly 500 scientists and engineers working across four divisions: Drug Discovery, Drug Development, Engineering, and Energy and Environment. Southern Research also has laboratories and offices in Wilsonville, Alabama; Frederick, Maryland; Durham, North Carolina; Houston, Texas; and Cartersville, Georgia.

UAB and Southern Research have long maintained a fruitful research relationship in drug discovery, materials engineering, high-performance computing, gene therapy and other areas. Because the research programs at UAB and Southern Research exhibited such high compatibility, leadership of both institutions believed a more structured partnership would be mutually beneficial. In 1999, the two parties entered into an arrangement whereby Southern Research, while maintaining its separate identity and nonprofit corporate structure, became a legal affiliate of UAB.

Some of the exciting research being conducted at Southern Research includes:

  • The development of drugs to combat various forms of cancer, ALS, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, kidney disease, Parkinson’s and tuberculosis, among others.

  • The creation of new and innovative medical devices.

  • Working collaboratively to help launch manned missions to Mars.

  • Making the air and water cleaner here on Earth.

  • Helping to keep the men and women of our military safe from harm.

Southern Research works with and is funded through the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, hospitals, major aerospace firms, utility companies, and other private and government organizations as they solve the world’s hardest problems.

SOUTHERN RESEARCH IMPACT OVERVIEW

Through its operations and spending by the institution, its employees and visitors every year, Southern Research generates and supports:

  • $150.3 million in economic impact to the state.

  • 1,006 jobs throughout the state.

  • $4.9 million in state and local government revenue to the state.

  • More than $758,000 in community benefit through donations and volunteer work.

GENERATING ECONOMIC ACTIVITY IN THE STATE

Direct spending by Southern Research generates economic activity throughout the state of Alabama. In FY16, the direct spending of Southern Research in combination with the indirect and induced impacts of dollars’ being re-spent throughout the economy generated $150.3 million in overall economic impact ($71.2 million direct impact and $79.1 million indirect and induced) to the state of Alabama.

Economic impact is generated by Southern Research when it spends on goods and supplies and when it pays its employees. These employees then generate indirect and induced impacts when they spend their paychecks on goods and services in the local economy such as food, personal goods, and mortgage/rent. The total impact of all of this spending amounts to the $150.3 million economic impact of Southern Research in the state of Alabama.

ECONOMIC IMPACT IN THE REGION

Direct spending by Southern Research also generates economic activity throughout the Birmingham region. In FY16, the direct spending of Southern Research in combination with the indirect and induced impacts of dollars’ being re-spent throughout the regional economy generated $149.5 million in overall economic impact to the Birmingham region ($67.3 million direct impact and $82.2 million indirect and induced).

Employment Impact of Southern Research on Alabama - InfographicPROVIDING AND SUPPORTING JOBS ACROSS THE STATE

In FY16, Southern Research directly employed 405 individuals (full-time or part-time positions). This direct employment generates additional spending throughout the state that in turn supports additional indirect and induced jobs created when Southern Research, its employees and visitors spend in the region and state. In total, Southern Research supports 1,006 jobs (405 direct and 601 indirect and induced jobs) throughout the state of Alabama.

EMPLOYMENT IMPACT IN THE BIRMINGHAM REGION

In FY16, Southern Research directly employed 365 individuals (full-time or part-time positions) living, and therefore spending dollars, in the Birmingham region. This direct employment generates additional spending throughout the region that in turn supports additional indirect and induced jobs created when Southern Research, its employees and visitors spend in the region. In total, Southern Research supports 926 jobs throughout the Birmingham region.

GENERATING GOVERNMENT INCOME FOR THE STATE

Government revenues attributable to the presence of Southern Research totaled nearly $4.9 million ($0.4 million in direct impact and $4.5 million in indirect and induced impact) in FY16. This income is generated when Southern Research, its employees and visitors spend on goods in the region (e.g., at restaurants, retail, hotels/motels, etc.).

Government revenue impact of Southern Research - infographicGOVERNMENT REVENUE IMPACT FOR THE BIRMINGHAM REGION

Government revenues attributable to the presence of Southern Research totaled $4.7 million ($0.2 million in direct impact and $4.5 million in indirect and induced impact) in FY16 for the Birmingham region.

CONNECTING WITH THE COMMUNITY

Southern Research is intimately engaged with the community. It is estimated that Southern Research faculty and staff generate more than $758,000 annually in charitable donations and volunteer services every year. These benefits are in addition to the $150.3 million annual economic impact of Southern Research to the state and include the following:

  • $281,000 donated to local charitable organizations in FY16.

  • $477,000 in value of volunteer time provided to area communities in FY16.