A four-county partnership led by Lewis County Economic Development and including the Tug Hill Commission, Jefferson County Economic Development, Lewis County Chamber of Commerce, Oswego County Tourism, Oneida County Tourism, and Operation Oswego County, Inc commissioned an economic impact and fiscal benefit analysis of the snowmobile industry on the Tug Hill region. The final report estimates 34,2154 unique snowmobile users, 866 jobs, $28.8 million in earnings, and nearly $81.6 million in sales annually.
Working with Camoin 310 and the Center for Community Studies at Jefferson Community College (JCC), the study was designed to consider the economic impacts, in terms of jobs, wages, and sales, that would not occur but for the snowmobile activity. Throughout early 2021, a survey developed by JCC was conducted to gather data from snowmobilers about user spending, including number of visits, spending habits, location of origin, and feedback on the trail network. The survey was conducted in three formats: (1) distributed online via social media; (2) e-mailed to the members of snowmobile clubs in Lewis, Jefferson, Oswego, Oneida, Onondaga, St. Lawrence, Herkimer, and Madison counties; and (3) conducted on the snowmobile trail by representatives from JCC to complete in person as an intercept survey. Camoin 310 then analyzed the data and ran computer models to generate the final numbers.
The full survey can be accessed on the commission’s website at tughill.org/about/press-room/.