Economic Development

Meeting Slated in Long Lake NY: Microenterprise Grant Funding Available

Essex County in partnership with Hamilton County applied for and was awarded an Adirondack Park Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Grant, creating the Hub Microenterprise Program. The total amount awarded for this program was $100,000.

There will be an Informational meeting on the Microenterprise Grant Program on January 15, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. at the Long Lake Town Hall at 1201 Main Street, NYS Route 30. (the Fire House/red brick building at the top of the hill across from Long Lake Central School/Bank/Library).

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The Microenterprise Grant Program (MGP) will be established to provide grants to eligible expanding or start up Microenterprise businesses, located in Essex County, the towns of Minerva, Newcomb and North Hudson and in Hamilton County, the towns of Indian Lake and Long Lake. As qualified businesses are identified through an application process, the MGP will provide resolution to small businesses lack of access to capital and assist businesses to offer a more relevant mix of wares, goods and services to help improve the viability of the businesses, to become more sustainable and retain and create new jobs.

These communities will be investing in amenities to promote a spectrum of recreational opportunities and the use of the State lands, which will enhance and increase visitations to the communities to enjoy the surrounding Forest Preserve and Conservation Easement lands.

The MGP will strengthen the linkages between communities and the surrounding Recreational Hub, attract revenue from recreating visitors, enhance the quality of life for the residents and leverage other private funding sources that will maximize the benefit that communities can realize through increased public use of the former Finch/Nature Conservancy lands.

The MGP will enhance nature access points by businesses that cater directly to the recreational visitor (such as bait shops, back country supply shops and other commercial and guide services), located in the communities center (the areas that are designed to be market driven) of economic activity and tourist accommodations, that offer the potential for walkability and increased commercial activity, providing multiple consolidated visitor service (such as restaurants, lodging, shops, gear and guides). Overall the MPG will significantly improve tourism and recreation related businesses to become sustainable and more economically viable, which will also improve the resident’s quality of life.

A Microenterprise is a business that employs or will employ nine (9) or fewer persons, including the business owner or owners. To be eligible for assistance, an existing microenterprise business must retain and or create jobs. The grant funds from the Microenterprise program can be used to: purchase equipment, furniture & fixtures, inventory and be used for operating expenses, marketing, and working capital and start up costs. All grant applicants must complete Adirondack Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Microenterprise Program, Business Development & Enhancement training Program.
For information, please contact the Essex County IDA at 518-873-9114.

Hamlets 3 Phase Two in Long Lake

LONG LAKE MEETING ON SMART GROWTH

The Town of Long Lake announces, on Saturday, September 28, 2013, from 9am – Noon, “HAMLETS 3 PHASE 2:TRAINING & IMPLEMENTATION WORKSHOP” at Long Lake Central School.

Long Lake is one of five Adirondack hamlets selected to participate in this Hamlets 3 Phase 2 project. Alternative design plans with an emphasis on Jennings Park Pond and the Highway Garage Site will be presented for community discussion and feedback. Public presentations will be held in each community outlining Adirondack smart growth planning principles with specific references to individual projects within each community. display panels and a a workshop agenda will engage community participants in this hands on session. Workshop activities will include question and response interaction, idea sketching and choosing among alternatives. The feedback and suggestions will be recorded and incorporated into the final document for the project to be posted on line.

PLEASE JOIN US!

Roger Trancik, FASLA
Urban Design Consultants
Ithaca, New York

Long Lake Central School
Saturday, September 28, 2013
9am – Noon.

Open to the public.

Friday, September 27th 10am – 1pm, Indian Lake Town Hall, Indian Lake. Discussion about extending the T intersection, housing development and new Adirondack Lake Public Beach.
Friday, September 27th, 3pm – 6pm, Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, NY. Discussion about Adirondack Museum Hotel.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through its Smart Growth Initiative provided funds for the Hamlets 3 project.

In February 2013 after a public forum in the Hamlet of Long Lake the following vision statement was developed as a work in progress through the Hamlets 3 process.

Here is a link to the results of the 2013 Community Vision Survey for the Town of Long Lake. This is a google document.

Results of the 2013 Community Vision Survey for the Town of Long Lake

In fifteen years the hamlet of Long Lake will retain its character as a close knit community with emphasis on independence, pride, and place. The waterways and mountains around Long Lake create a unique scenic landscape as a unique place to visit, work, live and play. The quality of life will encompass healthy living, open spaces, and have a broad multigenerational appeal. The town will promote educational and work opportunities through its public school and high speed broadband. It will maintain sustainable infrastructure and modern amenities to benefit the year-round resident and will attract and retain new residents and visitors. The town will focus on the enhancing of its great recreational assets and open spaces to promote itself as a year-round recreational destination while retaining the small-town character. Core expansion will be geared towards the established business districts (uptown near Hoss’s Corner and downtown at the Town Beach), bridging the gap between the two by improving its curbside appeal and walkability. The town will promote technological advances to support entrepreneurial businesses and the self-employed, encourage beautifying existing businesses and structures, and improve the quality of infrastructure, such as water services, medical care and senior support. In brief, the town will offer a community of tidy business districts, support recreational activities such as hiking, paddling, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, jogging, biking, paddling, x-c skiing, snowshoeing, while retaining the quiet quality of life and uncomplicated lifestyle, that have always made it an attractive place.

Cable TV Options in Long Lake, NY

This announcement is for property owners in Long Lake, NY. For visitors to our areas, please check with your local lodging for information, but don’t panic, most owners are already working on resolving this issue. This post is for local property owners who need to get ready to open up their camps.

Recently DH Communications, Long Lake’s local cable television service provider discontinued servicing the Long Lake, NY area. At this time there is no alternative cable provider. Time Warner has been contacted, but has declined to service this area. At this time the only option for television viewing (other than streaming on the internet) is a satellite installation.

What are owners to do?

Here is a short list of Independent Satellite contractors that can get you started. The Town of Long Lake has no information about the cost of installation or hourly rates at this time.

Northeast Satellite Sales, Commercial & Residential, Jeff Ash 518-695-5309
Satellite Guy out of Plattsburgh. 518-572-7327
Unique Tech Services, Direct TV Installs, Ed Gonzalez 518-320-8702
Alpha Stereo, Direct TV custom installation, Armond Woods 518.561-2822. Alpha Stereo specializes in custom installations from satellite to home theaters.
SLIC Network Solutions – Pending – but call and tell you want cable!: 1-877-754-2266
Frontier Communications works with Dish Network. (800) 921-8101

The Town of Long Lake cannot guarantee the service, nor does the Town of Long Lake endorse any particular provider. It is up to the consumer to find the best option that suit their individual needs.

If anyone reading this note has any information about other providers that may service our area, please let us know and we will post updated information.

Adirondacks, The Brand

What I find funny.

Is the Adirondacks really a brand? When a salesguy in charge of Tourism Marketing calls me from Michigan and wants Long Lake to advertise in its USA Today National Travel Parks Magazine and I explain the size of my town and the size of my budget he’s still insistent on selling me an ad for my city. So I stop him an say “David, I’m not a city”

Then I break down that I’m in the Adirondacks and he really needs to be focusing on bigger money, and that my teeny budget can only be stretched so far, he interrupts and says : “AdderDax?” “What’s that, how do you spell that?”

Adderdacks?

Umm… So I respond by saying, well The Adirondacks is 6.1 million acres of public and private land in Upstate New York that equals the size of Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier,and Great Smoky Mountains combined. Silence on the other end. Pause pause pause, clicking, I think he’s googling. He thinks I’m making it up, I can tell by the sound of his voice. “Bigger than the Grand Canyon?”

“Yes, David”

So I get a little frustrated when I’m in meetings and the conversation leads to “re-branding” the Adirondacks. I have a suggestion, why don’t we actually brand the Adirondacks? Why don’t we actually spend money and educate people that the Adirondacks even exist? Who’s in charge of writing those social studies textbooks in Texas? Anyone have a name?

I lived in Cranford, NJ and Manhattan for over 20 years and let me tell you, most of my neighbors and co-workers had never ever heard of the Adirondacks and it was less than five hours away. “There’s nothing north of Westchester County” “Upstate New York? You mean Buffalo?” “We didn’t even know this place was there, we love Vermont.” “You guys have lakes, rivers and mountains and bears, birds, fish and bobcats and loons and owls?” Ummmm.. yeah and we also have places to sleep including hotels, motels, campgrounds and lean-tos and lots of our access to this great wild land is free.

So I’m amused. I’ll admit it. I’m amused. The governor is shaking trees, scrambling his warriors and his people together to get everyone to find a plan to get tourists to the Adirondacks. Nevermind that he wants all this tourism money to come into the Adirondacks yet the state is cutting funding for our rural schools, so once he gets all these tourists here there won’t be any businesses open because all the young folks working them had to leave so their children could get an education. But I digress…

So I don’t really know who’s in charge of the Adirondacks. Is there one bureau for this? The Adirondack Bureau of Adderdacks Advertising? We have seven regions, let’s see, the coast, the wild, the lakes, the seaway, Tug Hill, Lake George and Lake Placid. Is that everything? How are people supposed to figure out what the heck they want to do?

I know I’ve sat on committees to revitalize, committees to get grant money, committees to talk about committees, and usually when sitting on these committees, they never include the entire area of the Adirondacks. The Adirondacks is sliced, diced and broken up when it comes to money, advertising and funding, but lumped together as one when it’s failing.

I think we’re having an identity crisis… or just a crisis.

So as I steer my salesman to bigger fish, yes if you work in one of those seven regions Dave might be calling you, but he’s doing his own research because I didn’t even know who to tell him to call. While everyone struggles to figure out where to put the most effective ads, how to reach the most people, just remember we do have a lot of people living within a days drive of this magnificent place I’m lucky enough to call home, but there’s plenty of people out there that have never even heard of us.

So let me know when the Adirondacks gets branded. I can’t wait.

Long Lake Participates in Hamlets 3

Please Complete This Community Survey

Long Lake will be a participant in a cooperative community planning project called Hamlets III involving Blue Mountain Lake and Indian Lake. A professional planning firm that includes Bill Johnston, former Essex County Planner, Roger Trancek of Cornell University, and other NYS community planners will be looking at survey results, visiting communities and talking to individuals, elected officials and organizations before formulating a plan to move development of the hamlets forward. Hamlets III has received grant funding, so there is also some implementation money available if communities agree on priority projects.

Please complete the enclosed survey within the next week, either by returning a hard copy to _Alexandra Roalsvig, Town of Long Lake, PO Box 496, Long Lake, NY 12847 or by going online to http://surveymonkey.com/s/communityvisionsurvey so that we may schedule a community meeting to discuss the results and outline a vision for Long Lake that will the Hamlets III planning process.

Thank you!

Wireless Broadband Heading to Long Lake

On December 19, 2012, it was announced by the New York State Regional Economic Development Office that the North Country Region was one of the top performers competing across New York State for several large scale financial awards to complete some vital economic expansion projects. A total of $738 million in awards were announced Wednesday. The regional councils were established in 2011 as a way to reinvigorate the state’s approach to economic development grants. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press release that prior, top-down economic development policies didn’t work.

Long Lake will reap a gain from Wednesday’s announcement. SLIC Network Solutions, from Potsdam NY, was awarded $1.37 million to install the “final mile” of broadband in Long Lake and surrounding areas. This project will expand broadband access in the Adirondacks. Planners and engineers are in the process of acquiring permits to complete the project and they are hopeful to see movement in 2013. Phil Washgal, President of SLIC reports: “we are in the process now of working on the engineering and the permitting and we are still shoot to provide service for the next common ground alliance meeting so that we can do a video conference.”

I moved back to Long Lake, NY after living in the New York City suburb of Cranford, NJ for several years. While living in New Jersey I enjoyed the indulgent pleasures of gasoline pumped by an attendant, curbside garbage pick up (for added fee and stereotypical warfare between two hauling companies), home mail delivery, a buffet of cell phone service and the dueling availability of Comcast High Speed Internet or Verizon Fios.

In making the decision to move to Long Lake I knew there would be sacrifices of convenience. We’d have longer distances for grocery shopping, eye doctors, orthodontists, dentists, hospital care. Our family was willing to make lifestyle accommodations to gain the benefit of living in a remote and beautiful location where the kids would have a small school, safe community and we’d be surrounded by family. But there was one thing that was required before the big move. Access to the web.

In Long Lake we only have one option when it comes to internet. Ok – two if you really can deal with dial-up or three, if you want to pay for a satellite uplink. So before the movers even arrived with the boxes, I called Frontier Communications to make sure the internet was set up before I nestled in for my first night. And as much as I love the lake, mountains, woods and the lack of vehicular traffic, I also rely on the internet to do my job and stay in touch with the outside world. Availability of internet service was mandatory when my husband and I were making the decision to uproot our lives and move to the Adirondacks, miles from the nearest city. So hooked up we were. We left the world of Comcast behind and entered the great unknown to us, the world of DSL.

As it stands now internet the average download speed in Long Lake is 76% slower than the United States with an average speed in the US registering at 11.7Mbps and in Long Lake it’s 3.04Mbps. The current upload speed in Long Lake is 0.20Mbps, 87% slower than the US average of 2.4Mbps. Speeds were tested using Speedtest.net and testmy.net. The warning at the bottom of the computer screen has a big yellow exclamation point flashing, “YOU MIGHT HAVE A PROBLEM.” For those lucky enough to live within one or two miles of the hub, Frontier Communications is now upgrading their speeds and consumers may be able to have 6Mbps download speed.

So the tests show it’s slow for a regular consumer like my family, but somehow my kids are playing games on line, we’re using Netflix and on busy summer days it seemed like a cacophony of summer friends stop by to use the web portal to check on their real lives. So if it could handle that, what’s the problem?

Ask the guy living year-round in Long Lake, more than two miles from the Frontier Communications portal, who relies on internet to do his work. He has a job with Hewlett-Packard. His download speed works well enough, but his challenge, the upload. This fall I ran into him and he reported he had cut firewood, painted his living room and climbed Coney Mountain while his files uploaded to his office base in Nashville. He wasn’t overly stressed when he mentioned it took eight hours to upload the files. It was the weekend and he didn’t mind because it would be there by Monday. He had gotten used to it, having made his living off and on in the Long Lake area for over 12 years by working from home. He plans his time wisely to cope with his limited upload speed. He perks up when asked if he’d sit on a local group to identify ways broadband could improve the quality of life in the central Adirondacks. He heartily agreed and said that an increase in his upload speed could impact him directly and he could stay home longer and travel less.

I learned about upload speeds all on my own when a good friend was about to undergo a liver transplant and I was on tap to upload a five minute inspirational “We hope you don’t die before you see this video” a few hours before his surgery. Reality was, it took so long to upload, he was actually out of surgery by the time it finished uploading. Luckily he survived and managed to see it, but lesson learned, don’t wait until the last minute to upload your big files. That goes for graphic heavy files if you are working in print media, uploading mega database files, or anything for that matter. When we send our emails we count megabytes. It’s like a throttled twitter feed, only worse and it’s an everyday limitation. There could be smoke coming out of that modem box if you think you’re attaching the family wedding album or sharing files with a co-worker half a world away. Sharing software ala dropbox and yousendit are options, but allow enough hours in the day and find other things to do while you download or upload those files.

Doing business up in the Adirondacks can be done and we have a slower approach to life so we’ve learned to cope. It’s actually got it’s own moniker, “HamCo Time.” It would be more convenient if there was a bigger “buffet” of internet access with redundancy (meaning if the internet goes out, you can get it via another path.) That would have helped in October when the internet was down for a day over the entire region because of a car crash in Gloversville.

Not everyone interested in relocating to the area is waiting for fiber. Some recent transplants to Long Lake are business owners and entrepreneurs who were able to move to Long Lake because of the availability of cell phone service via AT&T.

So the big dream is coming. Competition! When SLIC arrives and sets up their fiber network coupled with wireless portals, two hotspots and wifi options to homes that can’t be connected via fiber the big question remains, what will that mean for every day consumers and their “regular life?” It means improved quality of life. In regular life terms, it means business owners have options. Businesses can upload data and mega files and access goto meetings. It means updating a graphic heavy website, email, calendars, instant messenger, and collaboration tools. Residential consumers can stream movies, skype, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Stumbleupon, local news, national news, news of the world, streaming Netflix, Hulu, Skype, shopping, research and Minecraft for the kids. It can be wasting time or productive time, it’s the viral world unleashed.

Don’t get me wrong, we’re grateful to have the internet we have, but turns out we will have choice and better service for our dollars. It means more economic opportunity. There will be jobs available for at home workers who can work at night after the kids are tucked into bed. College kids might actually stay or even move home if they can stay connected to the outside world at a competitive speed. Small rural businesses can expand their business opportunities. Travelers and second homeowners could extend their stays because they could do some work from their vacation spot. Broadband and a working cell phone tower? In the middle of the Adirondacks? What would the bears think? Could we finally be as advanced as rural Canada who has already made the commitment to have broadband or fiber internet available to everyone in the country by 2015?

Broadband Funds Awarded to SLIC. Final Miles for Long Lake!

The Regional Economic Development Awards were announced in Albany on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. The North Country region, which includes Hamilton County and Long Lake, was named a “Top Performer” and was awarded $90.2 million at the REDC awards ceremony.

Here are a list of projects that will directly impact businesses locally.
 
$1.37 million to enable SLIC Network Solutions to install broadband in Long Lake and surrounding area. This project supports aim of expanded broadband access in the Adirondacks.

$1.7 million to enhance broadband connectivity in Hamilton County. This Phase II support for the development of middle and last mile fiber in Hamilton County, which supports a key regional aim of bringing broadband a

$1 million for the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks to construct an elevated walkway with interactive exhibits as a major added attraction at the Wild Center to support tourism development in the region.

$2.5 million for the creation of a Community Transformation Tourism Fund. This new fund administered by the Adirondack Economic Development Council will establish a specialized loan fund for tourism-related ventures, which supports the need to foster tourism development across the North Country.

$108,000 to the Adirondack Association of Towns Villages to create an Adirondack Park Recreation Web Portal designed to create, market, and sustain a web portal and database for tourism and recreation-related amenities and activities within the Adirondack Park. This involves all three regions which cover parts of the Adirondack Park and is therefore an example of a multi-regional project, including the North Country, Capital, and Mohawk Valley regions.

Business owners should pay close attention to the Community Transformation Tourism Fund, there will be many new opportunities for entrepreneurs to start dreaming and implementing!

Congratulations, now get back to work!
A list of projects will be available on the website, www.northcountryopenforbusiness.com, around 5pm today.

Lake Eaton Property Auction

This wooded, waterfront property on the shoreline of Lake Eaton is a blend of rustic elegance, classic Adirondack architecture and modern amenities. It boasts four acres of land, 2000 square feet in the main house and 100 feet of lakefront located in Long Lake, NY.

This secluded single family home, suitable for year-round living, possesses an undisturbed view of Owl’s Head Mountain and scenic Lake Eaton.

Click here: Photo Reel of Lake Eaton Property

Built in 2003, the property features five bedrooms and two wings with cozy sleeping nooks and ample closet space. Two full baths with modern bathrooms including one with a Jacuzzi tub.

The master suite features an incredible vista overlooking Lake Eaton with direct access to a wrap-around deck and a full bathroom with a glassed-in-shower and a sleek, modern design.

Two spiral staircases lead to upstairs sleeping quarters with a birds-eye view of the lake and house. Enjoy a spacious great room with cathedral ceiling and working masonry fireplace. The expansive open gourmet kitchen features stainless steel appliances, professional DCS six burner range, dishwasher, seating for ten, and granite countertops.

Interior Amenities
Indoor amenities include built-in handcrafted rustic cabinetry and rustic furniture boasting plenty of storage space. Appealing pine interior and hardwood floors throughout. Jacuzzi tub, marble floor in master bath, cathedral ceilings, modern glass chandelier, double pane windows, masonry fireplace, wood, carbon monoxide detector, smoke detectors and built in security system. Laundry nook, tongue and groove pine walls. Wooden blinds. French doors, wrap-around porch. DCS six-burner gas range, stainless steel appliances including dishwasher, refrigerator and granite countertops. Forced hot air and propane hot water.

Exterior Features
Boat dock, outdoor lighting, storage shed, storm door, two car garage with automated doors. Stone cut pathways, Fire pit with stone seating. Loft area above the garage which can be used as a family game room or additional sleeping area.

Generator
Ample outdoor covered storage
Dock and ramp included
Town water
200 Amp electrical service

To see the property and request a bid packet contact the Long Lake Town Supervisor’s office. Appointments are available to see the property by calling 518-624-3001

Bids are due in the Long Lake Town Offices, 1130 Deerland Road, Long Lake, NY 12847 on Tuesday August 28th 1pm where they will be opened by the Long Lake Town Clerk.

Bidders must meet minimum requirements as outlined in a bidding packet available at the Long Lake Town Offices, 1130 Deerland Road, Long Lake, NY 12847 or by contacting Email lakeeatoncamp@adirondackacres.comor calling and requesting a Bid Packet at 518-624-3001. Bid packets to be available at the Long Lake Town Offices at a date to be announced. Appointments to see property must be made in advance by contacting 518.624.3001

Lake Eaton is a gorgeous, serene lake west of the Hamlet of Long Lake. Located at 76 Robinwood Lane off of NYS route 30, this property is located on Lake Eaton. Lake Eaton is a clear, clean, shallow sandy bottom lake. Lake Eaton boasts bountiful fish including: Lake trout, brook trout, white fish, smelt, smallmouth bass, sunfish, yellow perch, brown bullhead, sucker, rainbow salmon and minnow. Surrounded by wild forest this quiet escape is guaranteed to be a family retreat for years to come.

The Long Lake Town Board reserves the right to reject any bid.

Disclaimer: Information regarding the Lake Eaton Camp at 76 Robinwood Way, Long Lake, provided by the Town of Long Lake is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed. “The Lake Eaton Camp Property Auction Procedures” – as revised- govern the process for handling the auction and sale. Please obtain and follow these procedures if interested in purchasing the Lake Eaton Camp.

Long Lake Receives Funds to Develop Nature Trail

The Town of Long Lake has announced it has been awarded a matching grant of $18,000 from the Department of State to complete the Nature Trail connecting two business districts in the town of Long Lake. The Nature Trail is designed to increase pedestrian traffic around Jennings Park Pond and to offer a quiet, natural alternative to visitors and residents in the center of town. It’s a great spot to watch birds, including herons, bald eagles and plenty of geese. It is a popular fishing spot stocked with trout in the spring. The Nature Trail is a widening of trail connecting the Long Lake Town Ball Field around the pond leading to the Long Lake Beach Area, Helms Seaplane Base and the Adirondack Hotel.

Projects to improve the nature trail include adding pedestrian viewing, adding safety measures, widening the trails, and to identify the flora and fauna along the route. Long term plans include expanding to the Long Lake Diner, across route 30 along the brook to Hoss’s Country Corner. Eventually the goal is to increase the length up to one mile. Also key areas will be identified at the Long Lake Town Beach to repair retaining walls and to help offset the cost of maintaining the garden area.

90 Miler Launch Day Two Long Lake

The Town of Long Lake is one of the main stops on the 90 Miler Route, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and the Raquette River Corridor. It’s a paddlers paradise offering amenities for paddlers to stop and rejuvenate before continuing on their journey.

CAP-21, in collaboration with the Town of Webb, will be distributing project funds as part of the 90 Miler Blueway Trail Strategy. The intent of the Blueway Trail initiative is for those communities located along the waterway route of the Adirondack Canoe Classic (known as the 90 Miler) to cooperatively develop a regional strategy for community revitalization, sustainable economic development and enhanced public access to waterways in the corridor between Old Forge and Saranac Lake. These projects follow an extensive process of working with the townships, community groups and paddle-sport based businesses to identify priority waterway linked priorities. The Blueway Trail projects are being funded through the NYS Department of State, Division of Coastal Resources, with funds provided under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund, and is being coordinated through CAP-21.

Priority project allocations include the following:
Town of Webb – $24,000 for development of a master plan and design for the municipal waterfront;
Town of Inlet – $24,000 for carry and launch site improvements at Fifth and Sixth Lake landings;
Town of Long Lake – $18,000 for development of the Long Lake Nature Trail and waterfront improvements;
Town/Village of Tupper Lake – $24,000 for establishing/enhancing connections between the Wild Center and the Raquette River, including interpretive signage and dockage improvements; and
Town of Harrietstown/Village of Saranac Lake – $20,000 for improvements on launch areas at Baldwin and Beaver Parks.

CAP-21 also hopes to work with the Adirondack Watershed Alliance on marketing and promotion of the Blueway as a regional recreational destination. Other community groups involved in developing this Blueway Strategy were the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the Adirondack Park Invasive Species Program. Altogether more than $1.3 million in economic revitalization projects were identified for the region. The Blueway Trail Strategy will provide a foundation and basis for potential future project funding through a number of funding sources including: NYS Department of State, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation, the Adirondack Smart Growth grant program and the Governor’s Regional Economic Development Councils.

Nick Rose, CAP-21 Executive Director, stated that “We believe that these Blueway grants will help the townships to promote regional eco-tourism, build local business and employment opportunities and reinforce the 90 Miler route as a premier statewide, national and international paddling destination.” For more information please contact CAP-21 at 315-369-3353 or at info@cap-21.org .

North Country Garners Economic Development Award

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council was awarded $103.2 million for its Strategic Development Plan in Albany on December 8, 2011. The plan was chosen as one of four Best Plan Award winners for New York State’s new Open For Business efforts to reinvigorate economic development from the bottom up, a competitive economic strategy announced by Governor Cuomo earlier in the summer. Other Best Plan Awardee’s included Western New York, Central New York and Long Island.

Who is in the North Country Region? The seven counties in the North Country are Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton Jefferson Lewis, St. Lawrence

There are over 70 projects in the North Country Economic Development plan and the final proposal included 16 priority projects selected from 178 that were proposed in recent months.

The entire North Country Regional Economic Development Plan can be found online at Link to North Country Regional Economic Development Strategic Plan

For residents in Hamilton County, specifically Long Lake and Raquette Lake, priority projects identified include: Broadband Construction of 25 miles of fiber optic cable from Tupper Lake, Franklin County to Long Lake, Hamilton County. $596,000.

Hamilton County Microenterprise Assistance Program. $200,000

(What’s a microenterprise? Translation – Entrepreneurs. Let’s make the North Country the place to live and work and do business – FYI – we are angling to see this movement take hold in Long Lake!)

Vision: Attract and nurture entrepreneurial pioneers to cultivate innovative clusters in our rural communities, and catalyze the highest per capita rate of small business start-ups in the state.

Strategy: Foster development of small businesses and entrepreneurial activities that add value to local resources.

What does that even mean. As outlined by the NCREDC the Microenterprise Assistance Program is broken out into phases including:

Activities
Year 1:
• Establish a regional microenterprise grants and loans program that complements state resources;
• Foster entrepreneur-friendly communities by providing user-friendly information and resources on navigating local regulations in a variety of mediums (e.g., website); and
• Expand the Business Incubator program located in Potsdam to better support the entire region. (so it’s not just hiding up north!)

Implementing the Adirondack Economic Development Strategy. Hamilton County and the Adirondack Partnership will advance park-wide revitalization efforts and allow local communities to develop revitalization strategies in keeping with their community vision and goals. $250,000

What does that mean? From the NCEDC Strategic Plan… “Community Development. Vibrant communities are key assets in economic development and, therefore, assisting and encouraging North Country community development efforts is a vital component of the North Country Regional Council’s Strategic Plan. The extensive and inclusive process the Council has used to develop this Strategic Plan has already begun to forge the relationships and alliances that will be needed to ensure that North Country communities will be able to provide the services, infrastructure, and amenities that are essential to creating an appealing destination for tourists and site selectors as well as a high quality of life for its residents. There are many long term vital strategies that may not have projects associated with them at this time, but are key to supporting the economic growth of the North Country. As such these vital strategies each support many of our vision statements and goals.

Strategy 1. Recognize the importance of community planning in achieving the NCREDC’s Vision of tourism, housing, arts, culture and infrastructure improvements.

There’s a lot more where this came from. It’s only the beginning.

What does it say to Long Laker’s? We’re here and open for business and we can’t wait to see what’s around the corner!

Long Lake