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Patty Janes, Professor

By Alex Doty of the Grand Haven Tribune ~ June 3, 2016 at 12:00 PM.

Grand Haven’s summer tourist season has officially begun, and with it comes the start of the city’s summer tourism count.

The city, in partnership with Grand Valley State University, has started a study that aims to look at the number of seasonal visitors and the economic impact they have on the community.

“We’re ready to go,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said.

A team of GVSU experts and four city partners, combined with GVSU students and city interns, will participate in the research.

The GVSU team includes: Patty Janes, associate professor, Hospitality & Tourism Management, College of Community and Public Service; Paul Stephenson, department chairman and professor of statistics, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; Christian Glupker, professor of economics, Seidman College of Business; Paul Isley, associate dean of undergraduate programs, Seidman College of Business; Ruth Stegeman, director for the Office for Community Engagement; Robert Smart, associate provost for research administration; and Linda Chamberlain, director of technology commercialization.

Partnering with the city are the local Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Parks & Recreation Division, Grand Haven Main Street Downtown Development Authority, and the Grand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. The five groups have pledged to share the cost of the study, contributing $3,686 each.

“Each group is looking for something a little bit different,” McGinnis said.

The city, in partnership with Grand Valley State University, has started a study that aims to look at the number of seasonal visitors and the economic impact they have on the community.

“We’re ready to go,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said.

A team of GVSU experts and four city partners, combined with GVSU students and city interns, will participate in the research.

The GVSU team includes: Patty Janes, associate professor, Hospitality & Tourism Management, College of Community and Public Service; Paul Stephenson, department chairman and professor of statistics, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; Christian Glupker, professor of economics, Seidman College of Business; Paul Isley, associate dean of undergraduate programs, Seidman College of Business; Ruth Stegeman, director for the Office for Community Engagement; Robert Smart, associate provost for research administration; and Linda Chamberlain, director of technology commercialization.

Partnering with the city are the local Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Parks & Recreation Division, Grand Haven Main Street Downtown Development Authority, and the Grand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. The five groups have pledged to share the cost of the study, contributing $3,686 each.

“Each group is looking for something a little bit different,” McGinnis said.

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