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.
— Jorge Avellan is the Ann Arbor beat reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him email@example.com