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VSU move-in offers boost to local economy

August 8, 2007

Valdosta - It's move in day at Valdosta State University and freshman Jarvis Griffin is just getting settled in.

And he's packed for everything the college experience could throw at him.  "I had to bring a lot of paper.  Of course, I brought my washcloth, gotta stay clean.  And soap.  Toothbrush is always important.  Don't want to have bad breath for the ladies."

Moving from Dublin, Georgia, Griffin is excited to see what Lowndes County has to offer.  "I'm going to Wild Adventures!!"

But he's not the only one.  3,200 of VSU's newest students and their parents are all eager to check out the community.  "We have a lot more students from the Atlanta area and as they are moving to our community they want to get out and see the community, our restaurants and our shops," says Cindy Tori, an Associate Professor of Economics at the University.

Which means big bucks for Valdosta retailers.  "The actual freshman class is around three million dollars and that's only a quarter of our student body that we'll have this fall," she adds.

While three million may seem like a lot, it's pocket change compared to the impact all the students will have on the economy over the course of the next school year.  "Over the full year we expect over 200 million dollar impact from our students."

Continuing to secure the University as one of the largest economic engines in the area.


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