In 2015, more than $1 billion in new regional projects were announced in the PLAY sector, and HVEDC sees incredible opportunities to help county economic development and tourism partners attract, retain and expand the industry, while stimulating long-term economic and occupational growth for the region.
According to the Quarterly Census of Employment Wages developed by the State of New York and the U.S. Bureau of Labor, an average of more than 14,000 regional employees worked within the amusement, gaming and recreational industries last year – a number that has steadily increased in recent years.
According to The Economic Impact of Tourism in New York, 2011 Calendar Year, Hudson Valley Focus, travelers spent $3 billion in the Hudson Valley region in 2011 across a range of sectors; recreation contributed to 8 percent of that $3 billion. This number has also grown steadily.
The Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach at SUNY New Paltz released a study last year – Mid-Hudson Arts & Culture, The Economic Impact – attributing $43.4 million in economic benefits due to recreation.
Hudson Valley PLAY is HVEDC’s newest initiative that will help boost the region’s profile as a thriving center for gaming, indoor/outdoor recreation and amusement industries in an effort to better capture the interest of “PLAY-sumers,” produce more jobs and spur economic growth in the Hudson Valley. By supporting relationships between local businesses, vendors and entrepreneurs in the amusement, gaming and recreation industries, Hudson Valley PLAY will generate awareness of the region’s newest offerings in these industries.