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VICs awarded state funding

October 12, 2018
By JUSTIN A. LEVINE - Outdoors Writer ( , Lake Placid News

PAUL SMITHS - The Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center, which was built by the state but turned over to the school in 2010, has been given $180,000 while the VIC in Newcomb was also given $120,000.

The two VICs were built by the state in the late 1980s, with the PSC VIC opening in 1989 and Newcomb VIC opening in 1990. The Newcomb VIC is associated with the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

The VICs were turned over to the schools in 2010. Although both facilities are open to the public, they are also utilized by students and professors at each school.

Shannon Oborne, chief marketing officers for Paul Smith's, said the funds will cover more than half of the VIC's budget for the year.

"These funds will contribute toward covering the general operating costs for the Paul Smith's College VIC, which are approximately $300,000 annually," Oborne wrote in an email. "The largest expense areas in the VIC budget are staffing, environmental education programs, and maintenance of our 25km four-season trail system."

About 25,000 people visit the PSC VIC annually.



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