OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - A study by UW-Oshkosh shows AirVenture had a more than $170 million impact across Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Calumet, Outagamie, and Brown counties.
The world's largest aviation celebration saw record attendance this summer with 590,000 attendees, helping the local economies.
"Proud to have a strong and tight association with the rest of the Fox Valley,” Dave Chaimson, EAA Vice President of Marketing and Business Development said. “It's important for our event for them to be successful as well. We can't do it all here in the city of Oshkosh and also in the county."
The study was conducted by UW-Oshkosh's Business Success Center during this summer's fly-in.
"The business success center hired and brought in some students to conduct surveys,” Chaimson said. “So we conducted surveys with visitors that we're here for the week and also with a sample of our exhibitors. We had close to 900 exhibitors."
The Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce says that economic impact encompasses a variety of industries.
"Hotels are sold out,” Rob Kleman, Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, said. “The restaurants feel that economic impact, our grocery stores, convenience stores, residents -- I mean, people are residents, people are renting out their homes."
A similar study conducted back in 2008 showed AirVenture's economic impact was $110 million.
"We had a record year this year. We really tested the infrastructure, a lot of learning that we took away and we'll continue to improve," said Chaimson.