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Businesses are invited to regional session on development strategy

Monday, June 02, 2014 - Updated: 10:50 PM

INDIAN LAKE -- A regional information session on the Adirondack Economic Development Strategy will be held in Hamilton County Thursday, June 5, from 3-5 p.m. at the Indian Lake Theater on W. Main St. here.

There are some great ideas on the table but feedback, particularly from businesses, is needed. This will help identify programs that would make it easier to succeed in the park.

A second session will be held the same day in Franklin County, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Wild Center, 45 Museum Dr., Tupper Lake.

Pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Email caroline@adkhousing.org to confirm attendance.

Regional development groups, including Central Adirondack Partnership for the 21st Century, Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages and the Regional Office Of Sustainable Tourism have been participating in an economic development workgroup sponsored by the Common Ground Alliance and The Adirondack Partnership.

The goal is to develop an economic development strategy to assist in economic revitalization efforts throughout the Adirondack Park.

This Adirondack Economic Development Strategy has been analyzing a tremendous amount of data, research and information.

This analysis has included availability of lodging accommodations and considerations; a review of "cluster" job sectors such as tourism-related sectors, forest products, sustainable building, and recreation-related light manufacturing, which might lend themselves to further development; a review of job retention and expansion strategies; and the development of a "Trail Town" Initiative that would connect communities and trails of all kinds, including recreational, historical and entertainment amenities throughout the park.

The information sessions are to obtain public input on the ideas and strategies proposed in this economic development plan. It is crucial to the success of this effort that existing businesses, particularly small businesses, attend these sessions and share their experiences.

The Adirondack Park Economic Development Strategy is sponsored by the NYS Department of State and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's Community Smart Growth program.

     

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