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April 3, 2014

North Country Chamber announces new partnership

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce has entered into a partnership agreement with the Inlet Area Business Association. 

The 85 members of the association, located in the Town of Inlet, near Old Forge, are now associate members of the regional North Country Chamber, with access to a number of services and benefits, including health insurance, electricity-cost savings and small-business counseling and support.

The Inlet Area Business Association will also be partnered with the North Country Chamber in its government-affairs activities, advocating for the region’s business community in Albany and Washington, D.C., and in its regional economic-development initiatives and efforts.

Inlet Business Association Chairman Dave Scranton said his group welcomes its new partnership with the North Country Chamber.

“The affiliation not only elevates the status of IABA but gives our members added value that we, as a small organization, could not feasibly provide on our own,” he said in a statement.

“The regional access and support that the North Country Chamber can provide to us offers value not only for our business community but our town as a whole.

“As home of the Black Fly Challenge and One Square Mile of Hope, Inlet rightly deserves its reputation as ‘The Little Town That Could.’ We now look forward to networking with other North Country Chamber affiliates, building our brand and showcasing all that Inlet has to offer.”

North Country Chamber President Garry Douglas said the agreement is the latest step toward fulfilling the vision of a united business and economic-development community across Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton and northern Warren counties.

“It brings the North Country Chamber family to over 4,200 members, solidifying our status as the largest business alliance in northern New York and one of the five largest chambers in New York state,” he said in a news release.

“That’s important for this region if we are to punch above our weight in terms of both services and influence.

“And we are especially pleased to be able to further strengthen our commitment to Hamilton County, whose future we regard as an essential component of the overall region.”

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