The first study to measure the overall economic impact of college and university conferences and events shows that the industry contributes $1.5 billion annually to the national economy. The study was a cooperative venture between the Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors-International in Fort Collins, Colo. (which just recently added the word "collegiate" to its name), and Appalachian State and Utah State universities. Data was collected from about 415 ACCED-I members, ...

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