Lynn U. Finds It Pays To Host A Presidential Debate

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

What's a presidential debate worth?

More than $13 million to Boca Raton and its environs, if Lynn University is correct.

A study by the small liberal-arts school, which hosted last year's third presidential debate, found that the October event sparked a burst of spending by local residents and vendors, boosted hotel-tax revenue by 22 percent and generated a wave of publicity around the world.

The study's bottom line: $13.1 million of "immediate economic impact" on Palm Beach County, much of it generated by an invasion of news reporters, political activists and other visitors.

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