Local officials planning the Can-Am Police-Fire 2014 Games -- to be held in York County -- will get an education when they see first-hand how the games are run.
A delegation from York County will head to St. Cloud, Minn., this weekend to take in the weeklong 2012 games.
While there, they will study how the games are run and will bring that knowledge back home.
"The more information we bring back, the better we can plan. The better we can plan, the more effectively we can promote, organize and execute the event," said John Senft, former York City fire chief.
Senft is also chairman of the executive committee for the 2014 games and, along with four other local officials, he will attend the St. Cloud games.
Officials will study everything from planning and logistics to how to handle the registration process for the competitors.
Big draw: The Can-Am Games are held every two years and are open to law enforcement, fire and EMS officials.
With York County located within 100 miles of five international airports, the 2014 Can-Am games are expected to attract as many as 2,000 competitors.
"We have the potential to host the largest number of competitors in the history of the games," Senft said.
That could also mean an economic impact as those competitors and their families descend upon the county.
Anne Druck, president of the
York County Convention and Visitors Bureau, estimated the games would generate about $3 million for area businesses.
The 2014 games in York County will be held from July 13 to 20.
What's included: While still in the planning phase, the 2014 Games will feature more than 50 sporting events, including traditional athletic competitions, such as swimming, softball, golf and cycling, as well as profession-specific events such as SWAT, police service dog, toughest firefighter alive and toughest competitor alive.
Venues will be set up across the county.
"Like the Keystone State Games, we will be using various facilities across our community," Druck said.