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September 22, 2012

Regional economic council eyes more of the prize

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Regional Economic Development Council says progress is being made on all but two of the 60 projects that received state funding last year.

Locally, that includes the $25 million expansion of the Bombardier Transportation facility in the City of Plattsburgh, the Adirondack Meat Co. project in Ticonderoga, the Adirondack Park Recreation Portal, Strand Theater restoration in Plattsburgh, the Wild Walk at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, a recycled landfill recreation park in North Elba, the Adirondack Heart Lake Program Center in Lake Placid and a regionwide municipal-water-and-wastewater-infrastructure fund.

Clarkson University President and Regional Council Co-chair Tony Collins said they chose to open their one-year progress report with a quote from former President Theodore Roosevelt, who was an avid recreation and wildlife enthusiast in the Adirondacks: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

“The quote captures the energy and collective focus of our region on its implementation of its 2011 Best Plan award-winning strategy,” Collins said in a statement.

“In addition to leveraging the obvious economic-development opportunities from the $103.2 million award to the region, the real success of the North Country Strategic Plan emanates from the unprecedented momentum for our counties and communities to tell a regional story that is both unique and remarkable.

“We share a deep sense of place, unity and optimism that we can shape the future for the North Country with the assets, challenges and opportunities that we have.”


North Country Chamber of Commerce President and Regional Council Co-chair Garry Douglas said the completion of last year’s plan for the North Country, which won Best Plan status and an unprecedented $103 million from the state, was certainly extremely satisfying.

“However, even more satisfying has been the incredibly strong implementation work since then, with regard to both our specific projects and our ambitious strategies. The entire North Country can feel very good about the progress we have just reported across the board and, most of all, about the state of sharing and collaboration that has developed in such a short time across a vast region (that) had never worked together like this before,” he said.

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