The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance no longer has a chief operating officer. J. Justin Woods, who took the job last September, has left because of a funding shortfall. From left are Alex Levitch, alliance founder, Woods and Sanford Morehouse, alliance board member.
The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance no longer has a chief operating officer.
J. Justin Woods, who took the job last September, has left because of a funding shortfall. Woods will officially be done Aug. 31, but is using vacation time until that date.
“The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance is in the process of reorganizing to better serve the community while working within a more sustainable financial structure,” said James Major, chairman of the alliance board. “Unfortunately, the challenge of fundraising and capitalizing a new non-profit during a global economic crisis has proved to be more difficult than we imagined. We are sad to announce that the result of our funding shortfall is the inability to sustain the salary of our CEO, J. Justin Woods, who has been working diligently to establish economic development and cultural arts programs.”
The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance is a not-for-profit, local development corporation whose mission is to restore economic prosperity in the Ticonderoga region. It’s goal is to serve as a clearinghouse for ideas and resources and be a catalyst for public-private partnerships and investment opportunities.
“I greatly appreciated the opportunity to work with the business community, and all of Ti’s organizations such as PRIDE, the fort, festival guild, Ti Arts, TMSP (Ticonderoga Montcalm Street partnership), the chamber and especially the town board and alliance board of directors,” Woods said. “With limited government support and increasing competition for grants, the funding challenges non-profits are faced with is sizable. Fortunately, the grassroots energy and passion for revitalizing Ti is strong, and this energy will generate the momentum needed to continue as a more sustainable operating plan is developed.”
Woods said he is disappointed to be leaving Ticonderoga, but he’s confident the alliance will ultimately succeed.
“The alliance and town have a bright future” Woods said. “There are some very smart people in the community. They’ll figure out a way to succeed.”
Alex Levitch, who founded the alliance, praised Woods.
“The task we charged Justin with was large,” Levitch said. “He brought a wealth of knowledge and experience in community and economic development, and we greatly appreciate his dedication over the past year.”
Woods helped the alliance establish a strong foundation, according to Sanford Morehouse, alliance board member.
“While we are disappointed that we can no longer afford Justin, his experience and guidance was instrumental in getting us to where we are today,” Morehouse said. “We all learned a lot from his experience and we now have the opportunity to take what we’ve learned over the past year and develop a more sustainable business plan.”