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NYPA Teams with Partners to Issue Tourism 'Passbook'

Contact:
Jill Chamberlain
315-764-0226 Ext. 300
jill.chamberlain@nypa.gov 

May 8, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

MASSENA—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has joined with other members of the St. Lawrence International Partnership (SLIP) to promote tourism on both sides of the border by issuing “Attractions Passbook 2007.” 

The free Passbook features site profiles, admissions information, addresses, maps, hours of operation, Web addresses and event listings for numerous St. Lawrence Valley attractions in New York State and Ontario. 

Among the entrees is NYPA’s admission free-Hawkins Point Visitors Center, which opened in 2005 at the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project.  The $5 million center features a host of interactive displays and exhibits on electricity, water power and related subjects.  It also provides an outstanding view of the project’s power dam. 

SLIP’s non-profit cultural sites showcase the region’s cultural traditions, historic sites and expressive art.  Experiences range from learning about woodworking tools of the past, discovering a “19th-century” village and climbing the stairs of a windmill to learning—at the NYPA center—about the latest methods of producing electricity.  State and provincial walking trails and parks add to the enjoyment.

The 2007 Passbook is available at local chambers of commerce, Ontario tourism offices, Thousand Island Council visitors centers on Interstate Route 81 North near the city of Watertown, the Hawkins Point Visitors Center and area trade shows.  It can also be obtained by calling 315-393-2425 in the United States and 613-382-2535 in Canada.

To learn more about the SLIP attractions and special events, log on to www.slip-passport.org.  Information about the Power Authority’s Hawkins Point Visitors Center is available on www.nypa.gov.

  About NYPA:

 ■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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