July 20, 2012

In My Opinion: ANCA backs Douglas

It has been reported in the media that principals of the Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates have called for Garry Douglas’s removal as co-chair of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council because of his steady support for the renovation and reuse of rail infrastructure along the Adirondack Railroad Corridor.

As president of the Adirondack North Country Association, I am writing to express full support for Mr. Douglas and for his continuing role as co-chair of the Regional Council.

I have known Garry Douglas for more than 20 years and respect him as a tireless advocate for the economic improvement of Plattsburgh and the broader North Country region. He is a man with a strong understanding of economic- and community-development issues and opportunities in Upstate New York. And he is an objective analyst who consistently works to define the often complex sequence of actions necessary to succeed over the long term.

This has been clearly demonstrated in the many initiatives in which he has been involved, which have led to the economic resurgence of Plattsburgh.  

Garry’s appointment by Gov. Cuomo as co-chair of the Regional Council was a smart move. His leadership of the council, along with Co-Chair Tony Collins, president of Clarkson University, created one of the top four winning economic-development plans in the state, bringing an unprecedented $103.2 million to the seven-county North Country economic-development region.

In his leadership role with the chamber, Garry was an important partner in the successful, mixed-use redevelopment of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base and the creation of the international airport, which is now used by more than 150,000 passengers annually.

Garry has also led the effort for construction of the Port of Excellence at the Champlain/Lacolle border crossing connecting New York to Quebec, eliminating truck delays and fostering the growth of tourism; the development of the Quebec-New York Corridor; and, signing of an agreement with the Federation des chambres de Commerce du Quebec to work cooperatively to maximize economic opportunities in both Quebec and New York.

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