CRSC 2006 Events Top $2.1 Million in Economic Impact

Date of Release: 02-26-2007 Contact:

Photo Cortland, NY - More than $2.1 million was pumped into the local economy last year through various events supported by the Cortland Regional Sports Council. All told, CRSC events have brought nearly $3.5 million into the Cortland community since its launch two-and-a-half years ago.

"The response to our efforts has been remarkable," says CRSC executive director Machell Phelps. "We've worked hard to attract, support and enhance quality sports related events for the Cortland community, and it's definitely paying off."

Major events brought in by the CRSC last year included an 89-team AAU basketball tournament and New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships in girls' soccer and lacrosse. The CRSC was also instrumental in producing a variety of other events appealing to a wide range of interests, from lacrosse to snowmobiling, disc golf, and lumberjacking.

"We always knew we had a great location and great facilities, but what's setting us apart is that we truly want to make every visit to Cortland a good one," Phelps said. "It's really a thrill to see 20 charter buses rolling into our town for the weekend. We want to be accommodating and we want people to come back."

Using a formula provided by the New York State Department of Economic Development, the economic impact data is based on the average spending of an upstate New York traveler.

This year promises to be productive, as well. The Cortland Shootout AAU Basketball Tournament is set to take place for the third year next month. Other March events include the Cortland Figure Skating Club hosting Magical Moments on Ice and the Cortland YMCA Stingers Swim Team hosting the New York State YMCA Swimming Championships. The Cortland Women's 600 Club will also host the NYS Women's 600 Bowling Club Tournament during the first weekend in June.

Major funding for the CRSC comes through the support of the Cortland County legislature's occupancy tax fund, the city of Cortland, the town of Cortlandville, and the Cortland County Innkeepers Association.



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