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Traveler spending moves upward in Fulton County

November 5, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - Traveler spending in Fulton County has increased almost 3 percent since 2010, according to the Fulton County Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Chamber Tourism Director Gina DaBiere-Gibbs told the Board of Supervisors' Economic Development and Environment Committee the positive economic statistic comes from state officials.

In her monthly tourism report, DaBiere-Gibbs said she attended this fall's Adirondack North Country Association's annual meeting in Old Forge. She said this year's forum focused on economic development activity in the Mohawk Valley and the association's Central Region, which includes Fulton County.

DaBiere-Gibbs said speaker Kenneth Tompkins, the Empire State Development Corp.'s Mohawk Valley regional director, indicated traveler spending within Fulton County has increased by 2.6 percent since 2010.

"It was nice to have that statistic for us," DaBiere-Gibbs said.

She said Tompkins and Bjong Wolf Yeigh, co-chairman of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council, were part of a panel that discussed regional development issues, and economic opportunities such as tourism, energy, agriculture, manufacturing, technology and community development.

New poster

Continuing her report, DaBiere-Gibbs said the chamber's Tourism Department has a new poster to replace its 2008 outdoors and lake-themed poster. The poster highlights Fulton County through its numerous historical markers. A limited number of the posters are available at the chamber office, 2 N. Main St., Gloversville.

DaBiere-Gibbs said Bassmasters contacted the chamber to bring a bass tournament back to the Greater Sacandaga Lake. The event has been held in the past on the lake, sponsored by the chamber through raffle money. She said the chamber is working with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

"We're sorting out the details as far as DEC forms, hotel reservations and launching," she said.

She said a tentative date of Aug. 17 at the Northampton State Campsite was set.

"It seems to be the best place because people can camp there," DaBiere-Gibbs said.



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