Delegates bring their wallets to some U-area businesses

With two delegations staying on campus last week during the Republican National Convention, only some campus-area establishments saw business increase; for the rest, it was business as usual. âÄúWe welcomed them and saw great success,âÄù Radisson Director of Sales and Marketing Tim Ellis said . The Radisson on Washington Avenue hosted the Virginia and Virgin Islands delegations during the convention. The ApplebeeâÄôs grill and bar connected to the Radisson saw increased attendance while the delegates were in town, Ellis said. Other delegations visited campus during the convention as well. Loring Pasta Bar in Dinkytown held a lunch Thursday for the Missouri delegation, which manager Khanh Goodman said benefited the restaurantâÄôs bottom line. Other nearby businesses did not see a change with the delegates in town. Stub & HerbâÄôs manager John Landers said the restaurant didnâÄôt change anything during the RNC. SallyâÄôs Saloon and Eatery also didnâÄôt change anything in preparation for the delegates, General Manager Don Bye said, and didnâÄôt experience a change in the amount of business. Projected economic impact With 45,000 visitors projected to come to the Twin Cities during convention week, the local economy was expected to get a boost. The Department of Employment and Economic Development produced an economic impact projection of the RNC in December. According to the report, the event was estimated to generate $162 million in gross state product gains to the state. The same study projected $148 million in new spending. DEED produced this report at the request of the Minneapolis Saint Paul 2008 Host Committee , but does not plan on following up with the results. âÄúWe have not done any further analysis,âÄù DEED spokeswoman Kirsten Morell said, âÄúand we really donâÄôt plan to at this point.âÄù Morell said the department compiles similar reports upon request. They produced a report following the Interstate 35W bridge collapse, for example.