The Colonel noticed these comments by PA Taxpayer in the article Scott posted about the purchase of Laurel Mountain assets by Seven Springs. I figured it was appropriate to move these comments to this thread instead of the Hidden Valley thread.
If the other resorts in the area are having a difficult time hiring people, how does adding another ski area create more jobs when there currently are not enough people wanting to work in the industry to fill the existing jobs. I know Seven Springs has to resort to hiring foreign workers.
With a $1.6 billion projected deficit this year, I can think of many more worth while projects that will benefit many rather than spending hard earned taxpayer money on a facility that will benefit a few seasonally.
If it is a worthwhile project, I am sure Seven Springs is willing to foot the whole tab, which seems to be the case if they are planning on relocating the old Gunnar lift.
I have a couple of thoughts on the above comment. There is no doubt that the other ski resorts in the state have a legitimate beef with the real possibility that the state is going to pump upwards of $6.5 million into Laurel and that Seven Springs will operate the ski area. Taxpayers have a right to complain where and how their money is going to be spent.
However, I can offer this analogy. When someone decides to move a business into an office building, the landlord will offer incentives such as renovating the office space to accomodate the business in order to lure the business into their building and ergo, rent payments are made to the landlord. The first few rent payments pay for the renovation and the rest of the rent payments, excluding taxes, is pure profit for the landlord. Its a win-win situation for both parties. Happens all the time.
In this case, DCNR is the landlord, Seven Springs is the business. If DCNR (PA) does come through with the upgrade money, Seven Springs operates the ski area. In the long run, it is probable the state recoups their investment with rent payments from Seven Springs, tax dollars generated by tourists pumping money into the local economy and tax money from employees on Seven Springs payroll at Laurel.