PGA Championship Could Mean Business Boom For Rochester

By MAUREEN MCGUIRE | mmcguire@wroctv.com

Published 08/02 2013 06:16PM

Updated 08/02 2013 06:31PM

We are counting down to the PGA Championship, but not all of the action will be on the greens. Some of the biggest plays will be made by local and state business leaders.

On the 18th hole at Oak Hill, Chalet Number 20 is up and ready for business: big business. Inside the luxury tent, some of Rochester's heavy hitters will be pitching the region to business leaders from around the country. It is the perfect time to build relationships.

" We may not see anything come of that for seeral years.  We have projects now that are successful, that have come from relationships from five, six years ago," Greater Rochester Enterprise President Mark Peterson said.

But Rochester will reap an immediate benefit too. The Greater Rochester Enterprise estimates Rochester will bring in $7 to $8 million in sales tax revenue, and that's just a conservative estimate. The tournament is expected to pump about $80 million into the local economy. That includes more than 1,100 temporary jobs. There is high hopes for the long-term too. At Oak Hill. GRE will share the chalet with the Rochester Business Alliance and Pike Construction. They will host six consultants for food processing companies, optics firms, advanced manufacturers and more.

"Most of the time when we have people in town, and have time to talk with them, they leave with a very different understanding of what this community has to offer," Peterson said.

The goal is to get those companies to come back to kick dirt for a closer look at Rochester. What happens at Oak Hill could result in a win for Rochester long after the PGA championship is over.

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