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College Students Summer Departure Affects Local Businesses

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

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