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It's official: Jets to hold training camp in Cortland for 5th year

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SUNY Cortland officially announced on Wednesday the New York Jets will return to campus for their training camp this summer, marking the fifth time Gang Green will come to the campus.

"I love the fact that we are going back to Cortland," said Rex Ryan, the Jets' coach. "Everyone knows how I feel about going away. I think it is a big part of building our team camaraderie. The community, the school and the people of Cortland have been outstanding and we are all excited to be going back this summer."

This offseason, the Jets added wide receiver Eric Decker, running back Chris Johnson and quarterback Michael Vick.

In a statement, the school said the 2014 camp will attract thousands of visitors to Cortland, giving local businesses a boost and raising the profile of the school and the region.

"As it has in the past, this summer's training camp will bring millions of tourist dollars into the Cortland economy, showcase the college's professional-caliber facilities on an international stage and provide SUNY Cortland students with the educational experience of a lifetime," said SUNY Cortland President Erik Bitterbaum.

In 2013, 21,000 visitors from 34 states and five countries spent more than $1.6 million locally, creating an economic impact of nearly $3.7 million, according to a study by SUNY Cortland faculty members. Together, the four New York Jets training camps hosted at SUNY Cortland since 2009 have generated $19.24 million in economic impact for Cortland County.

The team will report to Cortland in July but the specific date has not yet been determined.

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