An area economy kicks back into high gear now that classes are back in session.
According to a study by the director of the Kelce Business and Economic Research Center at PSU, the economy of the Pittsburg area picks up significantly when students go back to class each fall. The same study estimates that each student spends nearly $12 thousand dollars per year in the community.
“They contribute in direct as well as indirect ways, the businesses support other businesses in the community so you see it’s a snowball effect, it’s amazing what it does,” says Patrick O’Bryan, Pittsburg City Commissioner.
In addition to that, students make up a significant amount of the workforce for local businesses, and many other students volunteer their time at area organizations throughout the year.