The founder of the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance has left the organization. Alex Levitch has resigned from the executive board of directors.
The founder of the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance has left the organization.
Alex Levitch has resigned from the executive board of directors.
Levitch said he resigned because he no longer had the time to devote to the alliance. He is owner of Adirondack Camp in Putnam.
“I do so, because time has become, increasingly, the nagging issue; and it is important that every (alliance) director be prepared to set aside real time to do real work,” Levitch said in his resignation letter.
The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance is a not-for-profit, local development corporation whose mission is to restore economic prosperity in the Ticonderoga region. Its goal is to serve as a clearinghouse for ideas and resources and be a catalyst for public-private partnerships and investment opportunities.
Jim Major, alliance board chairman, has asked Levitch to remain on the group’s steering board and will ask the board of directors to list Levitch as trustee emeritus and founder.
“Alex is the founder and chief architect of TRA and will be greatly missed,” Major said. “His direction, guidance and forward thinking has created a vision that will carry on, and has been instrumental in both small and large plans for Ti. Everything we accomplish will be a positive statement about his thinking and foresight. Alex will be greatly missed on the board of directors.”
Chattie VanWert, alliance executive director, agreed Levitch will be missed.
“Alex is the founder of the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance,” VanWert said. “It is his ‘Vision of a New Prosperity’ that inspires our growing participation, support, membership, volunteerism and investment. It is Alex’s compelling call for grass-roots partnerships that has brought us to where we are today. He has personally reached out to donors who generously lend their financial support and volunteers who want to make a difference in our community.
“Alex will certainly be missed, but I hope he will continue to be able to respond to the occasional email, phone call or visitor who needs his guidance or encouragement,” she continued.
Sandy Morhouse, vice chairman of the alliance board, agreed.
“He will be sorely missed,” Morhouse said of Levitch. “His vision and extremely hard work in getting TRA to be a thriving organization , starting a mere few years ago as a figment of his imagination, is the mark of a true civic leader and entrepreneur. I once said, regarding Alex, that he was the perfect founder of an organization such as TRA — an organization that, among other things, serves as a clearing house among many different constituencies in our community — because he had no agenda other than doing what was best for Ticonderoga.
“That has certainly been the case, and few others could have accomplished what Alex did,” he added. “In the course of these years working with Alex, I have found a new friend which makes the entire endeavor particularly gratifying.”
Levitch said the alliance is in good hands.
“It took us two more years than I thought, originally, it would take to get this beastie up and running; but thanks to the selfless effort and contributions on the part of so many of you, as well on the part of other brave souls who bowed in and out but may yet return — This is, after all, a marathon! — I believe we have landed in safe hands,” Levitch said.
Levitch praised VanWert, Jim Major, alliance chairman, and Morhouse.
“I’d like to take this moment to acknowledge, especially, three individuals, who make it easy for me to tender this resignation,” Levitch said. “Chattie, you have not surprised me one bit. You are, simply put, outstanding. Jim Major and Sandy Morhouse — you know who you are. Without the unflagging commitment, real money in, drive and creative energy of the two of you, there would be no Alliance. I owe you both a lot in terms of lessons taught along the way, as well as for, simply, being there. More important, the community is already well in debt to both of you.”
Levitch emphasized he feels strongly about the future of the alliance.
“It’s called the alliance, because it seeks to include (through its steering board) all the major players that are likely to impact on quality of life and economic change in Ticonderoga and its immediate environs that are capable of sharing and working together toward a common vision for long term regional economic prosperity,” he said.
“Its principle skills set should provide for competencies in corporate and business outreach, branding, real estate development, deal structuring, project management and planning, partnering, partnering and partnering,” he added. “Its principle cultural tenets to be memorialized via its reputation.”
The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance is comprised of private donors, business and industry partners, town and county government, leaders of civic organizations, and citizens who support its goals. The goals include strengthening and growing the local economy and business base as well as expanding Ticonderoga as a hub for tourism, arts and culture.
For more information people can contact VanWert at firstname.lastname@example.org. or stop by the office at 111 Montcalm St.