Cutting the ribbon on Main Street in North Creek on June 30
Business leaders held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, June 30 on Main Street to celebrate the town’s growth.
The ceremony began with a speech by Dave Bulmer, the outgoing president of the Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce, who said that there aren’t many towns with a population of 2,500 that can say they’ve had 13 new businesses open in the past year, along with 12 established businesses expanding.
Bulmer said that in the long history of the town, this year would be remembered as the one during which it became a year-round destination location.
“We should all be thrilled because if you go 12 miles down the road or 12 miles north, what’s happening here isn’t happening there,” Bulmer said.
Town of Johnsburg Supervisor Ron Vanselow commended the ingenuity and efforts of local business leaders in the town’s successful expansion.
“It wasn’t long ago that there were many more investment opportunities in this town,” he noted humorously.
Bulmer introduced Edward Maitino, director of tourism for Empire State Development, which administers the I Love New York program.
Maitino said that he has always been a believer in the value of main streets because they serve as focal points for communities where arts and culture can blend with shopping and eating.
Now, with all the recent growth combined with the town’s connection to Gore Mountain and all of its assets, as well as the train coming in, Maitino said that North Creek had created a “premier main street.”
“You are a model for the Adirondacks, and on behalf of the governor, I’m thrilled to be able to support what you have done here,” Maitino said. “I Love New York will be talking a lot about this main street and what you have achieved here.”
John Weatley, vice-president of the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation (AEDC), congratulated the town on its success and told business leaders that the AEDC was “here to help” North Creek.
Also on the podium were representatives from several of the new and expanded businesses.
Kathy Waite, who along with her husband Dave, recently opened Izzy’s Market & Deli, spoke of her love for the town and excitement at being part of such a dynamic and supportive business community.
Marko Schmale, owner of Whitewater Challengers, said that he was happy to be able to now include an adventure course and paintball center as part of his business.
A longtime resident, Schmale said he feels lucky because anything he does to enrich the community also benefits his family.
Steve Tomb, who co-owns the Adirondack Pedal Cab Company with Mike Smith, said he was thrilled by the local support and enthusiasm in the community and was looking forward to a busy summer servicing residents of North Creek and Lake George.
Laurie Arnheiter, owner of Hudson River Trading Company, had expanded into a new building with the Outlet Store.
Another longtime resident, Bulmer noted that 20 years ago Arnheiter had been an active participant in creating the action plan that established the vision and laid down the framework that played a key role in North Creek’s economic development and success.
Arnheiter said another committee has recently been formed to develop an action plan for the next 20 years, and that she was excited to be a part of establishing a vision and goals for the continuing growth and success of North Creek.
For more information about North Creek, visit www.gorechamber.com or call 251-2612.