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A million dollar impact as PSU students return

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As Pittsburg State students return to campus the demand on local businesses will increase.

"From restaurants, to gas stations, there are really very few businesses that won't see a significant increase when students come back," said Blake Benson, President of Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce.  

For the next nine months the Chamber says millions of dollars will go into the local economy.

"A study a few years ago estimated the economic impact is close to  $10,000 per student every year so you multiply that by 7,300 students it certainly is significant," said Benson.  

"We had people in line to get shoes for a solid 20 minutes yesterday it's great for business we love when the college students come back," said Jessi Clarkson sales associate for Jock's Nitch. 

Jock's Nitch is dependent on the college community to survive. The first week is a busy time for the store, with family's gearing up on Pittsburg State apparel for the upcoming football season.

"We rely on them a lot in the fall season to contribute to us," said Clarkson.

"As soon as they come back businesses will see an increase and I know they are happy for that," said Heather Eckstein Pittsburg State Director of the Student Success Program.

This year,  new discounts cards with exclusive offers for university students will be given to incoming freshman. 

"Money is tight for college students, you always hear about them eating macaroni and cheese and ramen noodles …its nice,  its gives them an incentive to go to local businesses to get whatever they need," said Eckstein.

Classes begin on Monday. 

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