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College Students Summer Departure Affects Local Businesses

Apr 28, 2016

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Thousands and thousands of college students leave Washtenaw County to go back home during the summer.  That change has a local impact.


Local restaurants, bars, and shops have a lot less college student customers during the summer.  Andy LaBarre, executive vice-president for the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber, says labor union events are key during that period, because they bring in $10 million to both cities.  Those funds help replace the economic impact that's usually created by students. 

Summer festivals also contribute to the local economy during the summer. 

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