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April 2, 2013

Young professionals urged to take control

PLATTSBURGH — Take control of the region’s future.

That was one of the messages at the Adirondack Young Professionals sixth-annual Economic Forum, held recently at Olive Ridley’s.

The group strives to identify issues that discourage the younger generation from staying here to establish careers and also from coming to the North Country from outside. 

FOCUSED PLAN

Terry Meron, owner of the Comfort Inn complex in Plattsburgh, sat on a panel at the event and offered his insight.

The area, he said, has lacked a common vision and planning for too many years. That why he’s so excited to be involved with the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau’s Destination Master Plan project.

“That will guide what will be here for you in future years,” he said.

The Master Plan includes a call for a private/public partnership to develop the Plattsburgh City Beach area, which covers more than 90 acres.

“Where have you been that has a better piece of property than that?” Meron asked.

And the region needs to do more to emphasize its rich military history, including the Battle of Valcour in the American Revolution and the Battle of Plattsburgh in the War of 1812, he also said, noting both were key turning points in those conflicts.

‘MAKE NOISE’

Panel member Dr. Colin Read, chair of the SUNY Plattsburgh Department of Finance and Economics and owner of Champlain Wine Company, said initiatives such as Vision2Action — a group of Clinton County citizens who are interested in giving direction to leaders and planning for the future of the community — are intended to identify what should be done to attract and retain people. 

He said more and more young people seem to realize the importance of community involvement.

“I urge you to make more noise about what you want here,” he said.

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