Federal Tourism Bill Announced in Canandaigua

Senator Charles Schumer visited Ontario County to announce his Rural Outdoor Investment Act, he says would boost the tourism industry here in the Finger Lakes, accelerate economic recovery from the pandemic and create new jobs while revitalizing our communities.

Valerie Knoblauch, President and CEO of Finger Lakes Visitors Connection said, “Senator Schumer’s ROI Act is a welcomed stimulus opportunity for economic development, sustainable growth, and lifestyle benefits for visitors and residents of our destination. We call our Finger Lakes – Nature’s Health Club. This type of investment will remedy gaps, inspire investment, promote wellness, and provide one more tool to fulfill the demand and the need for active outdoor engagement.”

During the pandemic, Ontario County and the Finger Lakes region became a popular destination for folks living around the area to come and visit with its abundance of safe, socially distanced outdoor activities. The senator is purposing with this bill to bring federal dollars to continue to build upon that desire to venture outdoors by investing in infrastructure and revive what he calls “Main Street businesses.”