NORTH CREEK - With the leadership of the North Creek Business Alliance and the Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce, the first ever North Creek Business Development Conference was hosted on Thursday, Feb. 19 by the newly reopened Copperfield Inn in North Creek. This important conference was attended by over fifty prominent business owners, developers, financial leaders, Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) representatives, and local and state political leaders.
The participants gathered to discuss key issues affecting the area's economic growth and development. The meeting brought together experienced participants whose common interest is the acceleration of the pace and breadth of the region's economic development. The timing of the conference is very important, in light of the difficult economic state of the region and the nation.
The attendees included: Local business owners, including leading local real estate agencies, major real estate development principals including Top Ridge Townhouses, Tall Timbers Development, Rivers Edge Townhouses and FrontStreet Mountain Development. Banking representatives attending included Community Bank NA, Glens Falls National Bank, Wells Fargo and TD Banknorth. Elected officials attending included State Senator Betty Little, Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, Town of Johnsburg Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed and Town Board member Gene Arsenault. Representatives from the Olympic Regional Development Authority and Adirondack and Warren County Economic Development organizations also attended.
The conference was inspired by a series of important and positive developments in the area which collectively have helped the Town of Johnsburg sustain the largest economic growth in Warren County during the 4th quarter of 2008. These recent developments reflect the strength of the public/private business partnership within the North Creek area, and the collective recognition of the opportunities that exist.
These recent developments include: Approval by Adirondack Park Agency (APA) of permits for FrontStreet Mountain Development, Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), and the Town of Johnsburg for developments in the Historic North Creek Ski Bowl, and approval of permits for Tall Timbers Development. Other North Creek business developments include the reopening of the Copperfield Inn under new management and local ownership; the upcoming reopening of Casey's North, renamed Durant's, under new ownership; opening of the new restaurant Andie's at Smiths, Bar Vino tapas bar and wine restaurant and store, and Laura's Bar & Grill renovation and reopening of The Alpine Motel (renamed Alpine Lodge); the expansion of Gore Mountain Ski Area including: The opening of the Burnt Ridge detachable Quad Chairlift and trails, ordering of the triple chair lift to complete the interconnect between Gore Mountain and the Historic North Creek Ski Bowl, and opening the new Northwoods Lodge children's learning center.
Gore will become the 6th largest ski area in the East (including Canada) with the addition of 60 acres of skiing at the Ski Bowl and has recorded record skier visits in 2008 and again in 2009.
The conference attendees focused on the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for business growth in the area. Specific areas included financial and management support for businesses, cell phone and broadband coverage, regional shuttle service between developments, downtown North Creek, and Gore Mountain, and developing support for Gore Mountain from those surrounding communities that benefit from its presence.
The North Creek Business Alliance and the Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce will next develop an action plan to capitalize on the many positive ideas that were generated at the meeting.