Locals think a move to the SEC would boost economy

POSTED: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 4:24pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

COLLEGE STATION -- For the past week the Aggies have been making headlines both locally and nationally and the buzz doesn't seem to be dying down.

Now a local economist has released numbers showing the devastating economic impact if the Aggies were to move conferences but locals disagree.

Dr. Ray Perryman believes if the Aggies head to the SEC, or any other conference besides the Big 12, more than 3,000 jobs and over $217 million would be lost.

Which leaves many wondering, where would all the money go?

 Shannon Overby, executive director of the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau said, "I'd have to look into it and see where he's getting all these numbers. I'd be curious to see what economic impact would be made to this state if A&M did go with the SEC because I would venture to say that would bring in a large number of people into the state and to Bryan-College Station for sure."

One A&M student agrees, saying that a move to the SEC would only benefit the community.

"I think College Station and the Bryan area could experience an upbringing in hotels and other restaurants for SEC travelers to come and visit here because they travel very well," said Chris Phillips. 

And if the Aggies were to move to the SEC, fans will be traveling longer distances, making it harder to go home after a game.

"If they are driving in from the eastern states from further away, they aren't going to be able to typically drive home afterwards. They'll stay here which would bring more money into our economy," said Overby.

That means more business for local restaurants and retail stores as well.

And Phillips said, "People are spending their tax dollars here and that is helping the community even more so than just Aggies roaming around in College Station and I think it is a great economic move and a great thing for the long run."

Although a decision hasn't been made yet and the Aggies are staying put for now, it's clear many Aggie fans are hopeful for a future SEC move.


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