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Grand Tour to bring $1 million to region

"The town of Plattsburgh is going to work very hard from today, going forward, to do some activities and you know they'll be jointly accomplished with our neighbor, the city of Plattsburgh, and other municipalities that may want to participate," said Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Bernard C. Bassett.

Bassett added he hopes the presence of the tour in the area will bring out the efforts to "develop a healthier, a more welcoming municipality."

Douglas added the key impacts of the tour are both economical and ecological.

"Over $1 million we expect to be spent by these bikers, and on their behalf, directly in the area," he said.

Other economic impacts Douglas hopes to see will be cyclists wanting to return to the area in the future.

"The attention that this will get in biking media ... that this event is taking place here and the good commentary that I'm absolutely confident we will have afterwards that they loved their experience here and will tell other who enjoy biking about it that will bring others here," Douglas explained.

In terms of ecotourism, he added the chamber and other business organizations in the area are focusing on green aspects.

"That goes for tourism promotion and this is a key and growing area of green tourism and we're branding ourselves as being part of that," said Douglas.

S vigny added she hopes people in this region will visit the tour's Web site, www.explorebybike.com, and check out the itinerary.

"People can join the event, so it can be interesting," she said. "We do have people from the states, but hopefully since we're coming to New York State, it will give people the taste to join us."

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