KXXV News Interviews Dennis Jansen on Students' Role In Local Economy

Jul 07, 2020
Summary: In an interview on KXXV news on Monday, July 6, 2020, Dennis Jansen shared about the effects of students on the College Station-Bryan economy.
 
“Students bring money with them, they buy food, they buy entertainment products, they rent houses or apartments,” said Jansen. As students have left the area, these industries have been among those hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Businesses, in turn, are anticipating a boost in revenues when the students return.
 
As the start of the school year approaches, schools like Texas A&M have implemented new policies to help curb the virus’ spread, including making mask-wearing mandatory, improving sanitation, and moving classes online.
 
If university students don’t return, however, there will be a “terribly negative impact on hotels, on restaurants, on bars, on clubs,” Jansen said.
 
“Even after months of having Covid-19 around, there’s still so much that we don’t really know about it,” said Jansen. “It’s hard to predict going forward what the economy will look like two months from now, four months, or six months from now.”
 
Click here to see the full interview on KXXV news.