The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games are expected to generate $116.5 million, according to a report released by the newly rebranded MIDJersey Center for Economic Development (MIDCED).
"This will be unlike anything we have ever seen here in Central New Jersey," MIDCED interim Executive Director Robert Prunetti said.
The Games, which will take place next June 14-21 in Mercer County, are expected to bring up to 70,000 people to the Central Jersey area.
"Our research and data anticipates a total expected impact of $116.5 million dollars from direct, indirect and induced income and consumptions," Prunetti said.
Nearly 3,500 athletes will compete in 16 Olympic-style team and individual sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and 70,000 family, friends and spectators.
TJ Nelligan, Chairman and CEO of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games is eager for the event.
"We are less than 200 days away from one of the most inspirational events to ever take place in New Jersey and the majority of the sporting competitions, lodging and receptions will be taking place in Mercer County," he said.
The MIDCED was created by the MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce as an economic initiative to fill a void in Central New Jersey, and serves as a leading-edge catalyst for services and programs that generate sustainable economic impact in MIDJersey.