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May 12, 2014

EDITORIAL: NTCC pact should be approved

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Niagara Gazette — The proposed three-year agreement draws criticism from county lawmaker Dennis Virtuoso, D-Niagara Falls, who says it’s not long-term enough to empower NTCC to book events five or more years out, as is common in the industry.

We don’t disagree with Mr. Virtuoso — “three years of certainty” is a bit oxymoronic — but the apparent alternative, another short-term extension that focuses on the present only, provides no certainty at all. It does nothing to address the lingering equity issue either — but the promised destination deficit study tied to the multi-year deal just might. All things considered, the new deal seems like a fair compromise. Lawmakers in both caucuses should support it.

And once the ink is dried, the terms should not be pushed out of sight, out of mind until expiration is near again. NTCC should make good on its study pledge quickly, publicize the results and and enact recommendations for advancing destination tourism throughout the county.

While it does, the legislature should cease trying to micromanage NTCC, which has an able board of directors, and look forward to the agency proving itself a worthy long-term partner in economy building.

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