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Press Release: Tug Hill Partners Receive Snowmobile Economic Impact Study Results


CONTACT: Jenna Kraeger  

Economic Development Specialist 

Lewis County IDA | Naturally Lewis 

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Tug Hill Partners Receive Snowmobile Economic Impact Study Results 

LEWIS COUNTY, NY – New York’s Tug Hill region’s expansive snowmobile trails contribute to the regional economy through visitor spending on lodging, food, entertainment, gas, equipment, and other retail. Lewis County in partnership with Jefferson County Economic Development, the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce, Oneida County Tourism, Oswego County Community Development, Tourism and Planning, Operation Oswego County, the Tug Hill Commission and several area snowmobile clubs, contracted with the Center for Community Studies at Jefferson Community College (JCC) and Camoin 310 to undertake an economic impact study of snowmobiling in the Tug Hill region. This study considers the economic impacts, in terms of jobs, wages, and sales, that would not occur but for the snowmobile activity. Fiscal benefits include the property tax, sales tax, and occupancy tax revenue that are generated from this activity. 

Throughout early 2021, a survey was conducted to evaluate the impact of snowmobile user spending on the Tug Hill region. The Center for Community Studies at Jefferson Community College (JCC) developed this survey to gather information related to snowmobile users, including number of visits, spending habits, location of origin, and feedback on the trail network. In total, 2,416 surveys were completed. 

Tug Hill Region Economic and Fiscal Impact Highlights

Each year, the Tug Hill region attracts riders from across the region and beyond thanks to its extensive snowmobile system and plentiful snow. Notably, the snowmobile trails in the Tug Hill region and throughout Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, and Oswego counties are entirely volunteer maintained – a significant undertaking without which the industry and its associated impacts would not exist. 

“The snowmobile industry has been steadily growing in the Tug Hill region due to the hard work of our local snowmobile clubs, as well as the generosity of landowners who open their land to our expansive trail system,” said Brittany Davis, Executive Director of Lewis County Economic Development. “Results from the economic impact study will allow the region to prioritize strategies to continue to support and expand the industry that continues to contribute so much to our local economy.”  

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