The following was submitted by NYSOW supporting member, the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Rapidly growing coalition reaches across New York with message about jobs, wages and more.
As 2018 gets well underway, a coalition of businesses and organizations ended its first year with a flurry of events. Hunting Works for New York, which promotes the incredible impact of hunting on New York’s economy has already grown to 66 partners since its launch in Utica this past fall. The group is already making plans to continue growing and reaching more communities in New York with its message about jobs, wages, tax base and conservation, that all come as a result of the annual expenditures of hunting each year.
In all, hunting produces a $3.6 Billion impact on New York annually, and is responsible for 23,700 jobs with $1.2 Billion in salaries and wages! That’s big business in New York, especially in central and western New York and upstate. Hunting Works for New York supporters believe it is vital for non-hunters to know how much hunting contributes to local economies. The group, which is led by four regional co-chairs has been crisscrossing the state, visiting with businesses, media and holding events highlighting this incredible story.
After the successful launch in Utica, the group followed up with its first annual partners meeting in Binghamton in October. In November, the Hunting Works co-chairs conducted a media visitation tour, meeting with media from newspapers in Schenectady, Syracuse, Utica, Poughkeepsie, Middletown, Ithaca and more.
Hunting Works for New York wrapped up its inaugural year with a visit to the prestigious Campfire Club of America near Chappaqua. The club, which is one of the oldest conservation organizations in the country heard a presentation about the hunting economy and how important it is for all New Yorkers to know about the value sportsmen and women bring to the state.
Growing from four co-chairs to 66 members in just four months was only possible because of the heard work of the four co-chairs, who serve as volunteers. Hunting Works for New York is led by:
- Josiah Brown, owner of New York Welcomes You and New York’s Best Experiences;
- Ray Pucci, president of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and board member of the Catskills Association for Tourism Services;
- Larry Steiner, of Steiner Enterprises of Otego;
- and Brendan O’Bryan, government affairs manager of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce.
In 2018, the group will continue to grow its membership, and hold additional events in other towns in New York including the capitol, Albany.
“We’re excited with the growth we’ve already had, and about the direction we are heading, “said Josiah Brown. “Hunters are huge all across New York not only because they support our businesses,” he explained. But also because of the money hunters spend to hunt, on their licenses, stamps, and the taxes they pay on equipment is all earmarked for conservation. More than most anyone else, hunters are the people paying to keep the outdoors wild and free for everyone else to enjoy. That story needs to be understood by all”
Hunting Works For New York will being discussing this story with elected officials in 2018 in addition to more business partners.
“We all benefit from a robust hunting heritage in New York,” said Pucci. “Hunters may just be enjoying time with friends and family, but for everyone else they are supporting jobs, businesses and conservation. We should all be grateful for that.”
About Hunting Works For New York
Hunting Works For New York is a local grassroots partnership of organizations focused on hunting and the economics derived from these activities. Hunting Works For New York members are advocates for public policy who support jobs and economic prosperity. As a grassroots organization we explain the role that hunting and the shooting sports play in both the heritage and economic health of New York. For more information, please visit www.huntingworksforny.com.
Contact: Mike Knuth at (518) 310-6480