Olympic Regional Development Authority

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Agency Web Site: http://orda.org/corporate/index.phpLink to External Website


The Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) was established in 1981 to create and administer a post-Olympic program for the facilities and venues utilized during the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Games. These facilities include: the Olympic Ice Center; the Olympic Speedskating Oval; the Whiteface Mountain Ski Area and Veterans’ Memorial Highway; the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Complex that includes bobsled and luge runs, cross-country ski trails and a biathlon range; the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex; and the U.S. Olympic Training Center. In 1984, ORDA’s responsibility expanded to include the management of the Gore Mountain Ski Center in North Creek, Warren County.

Budget Highlights

The State has historically provided a subsidy for a portion of ORDA’s budget. The Executive Budget recommends $4.7 million for ORDA, a decrease of $321,000 from the 2011-12 budget. The decrease results from anticipated savings in utility costs.

Major budget actions include:

  • Language authorizing ORDA and the Department of Environmental Conservation to enter into an agreement to transfer the operations of the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center to ORDA with the close of the 2011-12 ski season. ORDA’s expertise in the ski industry will allow for more efficient management of Belleayre.
  • The budget provides $94 million in new capital funding to the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation as part of the New York Works initiative. A portion of these funds, which primarily support parks infrastructure projects, may be sub-allocated to ORDA for capital improvement of the Authority’s facilities.
All amounts are in dollars
Category Available
Change From
State Operations 5,054,000 4,733,000 (321,000) 0
Total 5,054,000 4,733,000 (321,000) 0

Note: Most recent estimates as of 1/17/2012

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