The Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau announced today it has extended a contract with Keystone State Games Inc. through 2014.
The Wilkes-Barre-based nonprofit produces the Keystone State Summer Games and the Pennsylvania Senior Games.
The bureau secured a three-year contract from 2011 to 2013 to bring the summer games, which start July 31, to this area after leaving in 1998 following six consecutive years. The senior games, which wrap up Sunday, are held every other year.
“We are finding that the economic impact is significant,” said Rick Dunlap, a bureau spokesman. “It also helps to reinforce our growing brand as a sports destination.”
The Hershey-Harrisburg region has a history and growing portfolio of hosting PIAA championship events and the Big 33 football classic, he said.
The bureau’s projected bid for the games ranges between $150,000 and $200,000 annually, Dunlap said. He would not disclose the actual bid, which is used to offset production costs.
The nonprofit’s operating budget is about $500,000, said CEO Owen Costello.
The combined summer and senior events this year are expected to add $5.5 million to the local economy, Dunlap said.
Check out www.cpbjnow.com Friday for a story about the Keystone State Games and an interview with CEO Owen Costello.