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March 17, 2013

Business briefs: March 17, 2013

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▶ $2,742,581 generated annually for the region in direct spending;

▶ $8,227,714 million generated annually with the inclusion of ancillary visits;

▶ 8,330 room nights;

▶ 34.5 full-time regional jobs created.

In addition to the economic impact of the tournaments, ongoing media exposure and recognition worldwide from outlets such as ESPN and the Versus Network, reaching 90 million and 61 million households respectively, increases the potential impact on Clinton County as Lake Champlain and Plattsburgh become synonymous with world-class fishing.

Green shuttle bus

LAKE PLACID — The Village of Lake Placid recently unveiled a new hybrid-electric shuttle bus that will make commuting on public transportation quieter and cleaner. Financing for the bus was made possible through the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Municipal Electric-Drive Vehicle Program, which provides financial assistance to New York municipal utilities to facilitate the replacement of less fuel-efficient vehicles in order to advance Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s clean-energy goals.

“The electric and hybrid-electric vehicles made available through the New York Power Authority’s great program are a perfect fit for Lake Placid, and over the years we have taken advantage of the program to the point where our Electric Department fleet is almost entirely alternatively-fueled,” said Mayor Craig H. Randall. “Lake Placid prides itself on its natural beauty and access to great outdoor sports, so transportation options with low environmental impact that reduce our carbon footprint are right up our alley.”

The 14-passenger hybrid-electric shuttle bus, which was supplied by the NY Bus company in Chenango, is the first hybrid vehicle to be put into the village-public transportation fleet. It will operate in rotation with Lake Placid’s free trolley service, traveling in a 10-mile continuous loop in and around Lake Placid making stops at hotels, supermarkets, area health-service facilities and other points of interest.

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