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Notre Dame's economic impact study shows beneficial effects across the region

ELKHART, Ind.-- The University of Notre Dame released its economic impact study Thursday morning detailing how much the university adds to our local economy-- about $2.46 billion annually. 

That number is comprised of things like investments, research spending, visitors and vent attendees.

Now surrounding counties like Elkhart are seeing this impact in their own backyards. 

Hotel manager Carl Lederer said now businesses in Elkhart can use this data to continue to expand.

"We obviously benefit from being at a toll road exit, our ownership development company feels that there's definitely a demand to increase and put more product into the area so we're excited about this area and it's really been evolving as of right now."

Higher demand for rooms at the hotel he manages spike every time there are significant events at Notre Dame like parents weekend, sporting events and conferences. 

He said having a location along the Indiana toll road, which goes right to Notre Dame, helps too. 

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