Posted by | May 13, 2010 15:06 | Filed under: Top Stories

Phoenix is suffering economically because of the lack of business coming its way as a result of Arizona’s restrictive immigration law.  The city council did a study on the impact of canceled conventions and other trips to the area.

The study assumed that each event brings 5000 people to the city as delegates, and that each delegate spends a total of around $1400, according to David Krietor, a city official who put it together. Assuming around 13 canceled events, the city calculated a loss of around $90 million, according to a Powerpoint presentation provided to TPMmuckraker.

But it’s worth taking that figure with a grain of salt. The study found that only four groups — the African-American Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the National Association of Black Accountants, the International Communications Association and the National Urban League — rather than 13, have already canceled events that had been scheduled.

But the city is worried. Mayor Phil Gordon characterizes it as a “near economic crisis.”  David Krietor, the city official in charge of the study, says, “We have an image and public-relations problem of what might be unprecedented proportions.”

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