New college students help Lubbock economy grow

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Updated: 8/20/2013 10:07 am

With just a week to go before classes begin, college freshman are making their way into their dorms. The influx of new students brings an economic boost to the city and parents are contributing to the pool, spending money on hotels, dining, merchandise and books for their students.

This also provides employment for students.

Carlos Morales, the Chair of the Lubbock Chamber, said while 60% of students come from different regions of the state, many end up staying, which builds the longterm growth.

"It gives us the opportunity to really advertise Lubbock as a community and encourage students to not only continue to come in but encourage them to stay and establish themselves in their careers here, start a new career or start their own businesses," Morales said.

Morales said in addition to Tech, Wayland Baptist and Lubbock Christian University are both growing in numbers which add to the economic boom.

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