Campus has a $64 million annual impact on Crookston community, Holz-Clause says.

University of Minnesota Crookston Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause Monday evening in Bede Ballroom welcomed members of the Crookston City Council, Mayor Wayne Melbye and other City of Crookston officials and members of the audience to campus.

The council held its meeting, as well as its Ways and Means Committee meeting, on campus as part of the C4 (Crookston Campus Community Connection) initiative. Council members also toured the new Collaborative Research Laboratory.

In making her remarks, Holz-Clause cited a recently conducted economic impact study that she said found that UMC has a $64 million economic impact on the Crookston community. UMC has a staff of more than 250, she added, and pays more than $2 million in taxes annually to the City.

Holz-Clause encouraged council members and City officials to visit the campus often, beyond their once-yearly meeting as part of C4. "We want you to come to campus and spend time with us and get to know and understand our students," she said, which, she added, come from 40 different states and 20 different countries. "Enjoy our lectures and our events on campus; come back and see us often."

The chancellor also mentioned that 30 parking slots in the Kiehle Auditorium lot are being made available for anyone to park there without the requirement of any type of permit. "You won't get a ticket," Holz-Clause said.