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December 4, 2013

Tourism Dear editor: I am a local business owner who has been in the Canoe & Kayak Industry for 40+ years. Being on the river, Warren, Pa has potential to be a mecca of water tourism....

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Dec-04-13 7:34 AM

Let WCCBI confiscate bed tax funds and the county will be up that famous creek without a paddle.

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Dec-04-13 10:08 AM

Mr Wiggers is certainly entitled to his opinion let me clarify a few points. It was Ken Gerg, then the PACK President who first contacted WCCBI regarding the concept of hosting the National Race and it was Mr Gerg who suggested that before attempting Nationals the WCCBI first sponsor State Championship races. Those State Races along with the referenced Kinzua Kenny Classic were successfully held as a way to make our area known to the USCA. Subsequent to State Races the decision was made to pursue the USCA Nationals. Hosting Nationals is a bidding process in which multiple cities present to USCA officials all the reasons they feel their town/city should be awarded this event. Mr. Wiggers did not participate. Both before during and after all National Races hosted here in Warren there were planning meetings involving representatives from USCA, PACK, WCCBI, WATER SAFETY, CORP OF ENGINEERS etc. Mr Wiggers did not participate.

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Dec-04-13 10:24 AM

As for the $35,000 provided by the county? If memory serves me it was more like $10,000 and that money was used to produce the promotional bid packages presented to the USCA as well as transport a contingent of representatives from Warren to Savannah, GA for the USCA Annual Directors meeting where bid presentations were made. Money remaining went toward additional promotions such as trophies, t-shirts and other race related expenditures. The racers love the venue Warren offers but those same racers grow bored with the same location year after year. They want to be challanged by different courses and elements. Warren was the first back to back host of Nationals and is only a handful of cities/towns that can say they are and have been multiple time hosts of the race.

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Dec-04-13 11:27 AM

Mr. Wiggers is certainly entitled to his opinion. He is not entitled to pass himself off as "the voice of the public." He has a vested economic interest in promoting canoeing. That, too, is fine, but it is not "the voice of the public." It is, rather, the voice of another hallowed American tradition: Ka-CHING!

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Dec-04-13 11:12 PM

Stoney, We Agree! They don't have the man power for what they do now its all about the $. And no the county cant touch it without a visit with the Attorney General.

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