HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 5, 2013 – At a recent luncheon honoring 88 local businesses serving as High Point University Passport Partners, HPU announced partners had earned more than $559,000 from passport purchases during the academic year (from August 2012 through April 2013) – contributing to the $464.5 million impact on the state of North Carolina and a $394.6 million annual impact on the Piedmont Triad.
“The Passport Partner program serves as a great way for our students to become familiar with local restaurants and retailers that ultimately make shopping both local and convenient,” says Lyndsey Derrow, chief campus concierge and coordinator of the Passport program. “Our partners enjoy working with our students while growing their businesses at the same time. Students and businesses benefit tremendously thanks to this unique partnership.”
Passport Partners are businesses that allow HPU students, faculty and staff to make purchases using their HPU ID card – known as the “Passport” card. The card makes it convenient for the 5,500 members of the HPU family to do business in the community. HPU provides student shuttles to and from many of these businesses during the week. The university also invites businesses onto campus to promote their products and services.
“We love it when the students return in the fall,” says Dennis Lemons, Barberitios owner. “Not just because business picks up, but the students also bring a new life and energy to the city.”
When it began in 2006, the program had less than 10 partners. Today, it includes 88 partners that feature a variety of restaurants, retail shops and more. All partners are identified by the HPU umbrellas, flags and decals on their shop windows and doors.
A full list of Passport Partners can be found by visiting www.highpoint.edu/concierge/passport-partner-locations/.