March 17, 2013

Business briefs: March 17, 2013


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Food drive

PLATTSBURGH — The Advocacy and Resource Center, as part of the NYSARC Gives Back initiative and in conjunction with Disabilities Awareness Month, will be conducting a Food Drive throughout the month of March to benefit the JCEO and Interfaith Food Shelves.

Representatives from the ARC to include individuals from Champlain Valley Industries and PATH Day Habilitation sites will be decorating boxes, delivering them to various commercial and community sites, and will periodically retrieve all donations from each location throughout the month.

All food items will be picked up no later than Friday for delivery to the food shelves the final week of March.

For further information, call Kathleen Stygles or Nancy Terrell at Champlain Valley Industries at 563-0037.

Tournament impact

PLATTSBURGH — The summer series of Plattsburgh-based pro bass fishing tournaments bring in $2.7 million annually in direct and indirect spending to the region, according to an economic-impact study sponsored by the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, a division of the North Country Chamber of Commerce.

The study also revealed that through anglers’ ancillary visits to the region, in preparation for their respective tournaments, the economic impact grows to $8.2 million. Colin Read, principal consultant of Economic Insights, and lead on the study, reported that the fishing tournaments in Plattsburgh bring significant revenue to the community.

“When compared to each dollar invested in hosting fees, the region stands to gain upwards of $95, depending on our assumptions,” he said. “As we begin to measure additional impacts over time, we may even discover the economic impact to be larger yet. In terms of community investment, there are few projects one could imagine with a similar positive return.”

The study, calculating the economic impact of the 2012 pro tournament season on Lake Champlain, reported as follows:

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