The Tri-Lakes Business Alliance is seeking to draw more traffic into the hamlets of northern Warren County to boost commerce and revitalize downtowns. Although Chestertown’s commerce particularly has been struggling in recent years, one leading example of success is Country Girl Crafts & Quilts which routinely attracts people to Chestertown for its unique offerings.
Motorists on the Northway should be encouraged to use exits 25 and 26 to reach Gore Mountain, members of an upcounty business association agreed Feb. 24. at the group’s meeting.
In an effort to boost commerce in Chestertown and Pottersville, the Tri-Lake Business Alliance is now seeking to have roadside signs erected near Exits 25 and 26 to direct traffic to Gore — one of the most popular winter destinations in the Adirondacks.
Now, signs on the Northway south of exits 17 and 23 direct Gore-bound traffic through off Exit 23 through Warrensburg. The Alliance members said Feb. 24 they at least want exits 25 and 26 promoted as optional routes to get to Gore.
In response to requests from the Tri-Lakes Alliance, town of Chester Supervisor Fred Monroe has been authorized by his town board to lobby state legislators to seek such additional signs.
The North Creek Business Alliance has pledged their support of this effort, it was reported at the Tri-Lake Alliance’s meeting Feb. 24. The latter group is also seeking additional signs along Rte. 8 to direct travelers to local businesses in compliance with the signage restrictions of the Adirondack Park Agency.
It was also suggested at the Tri-Lakes meeting that local business groups work together to seek signage through the state’s Scenic Byways program, and perhaps recruit the blessing of the Adirondack North Country Association in a campaign to better inform motorists where local businesses are located.
The Tri-Lakes Business Alliance voted at their meeting to adopt a mission statement. It reads: “...To improve the quality of life and promote economic prosperity in Northern Warren County through enhanced infrastructure, expanded tourism and beautification of our economic centers.”
Alliance members noted they are working on developing an ATV trail system and making progress on boosting the development of affordable housing and a small-scale downtown sewer system.
Alliance members noted that although grant funding for sewer systems has recently become scarce, those municipalities that have project plans in place and possess the greatest need are more likely to receive funding. Alliance members said they’d continue to lobby town officials for development of such plans.
The North Creek Chamber of Commerce and North Warren Chamber will be jointly hosting a mixer March 15 at the Panther Mountain Inn. At the event, a representative of Centurion Cycling, which is sponsoring a large-scale bicycling race in June through Warren County, is expected to give a presentation.
As many as 2,000 cyclists and their friends and families will be wheeling through the county on June 22 through 24, with scheduled stops in Chestertown, Brant Lake, Wevertown, Pottersville, Warrensburg, North Creek and Hague — and businesses are urged to take advantage of the influx of people.
The next meeting of the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance is set for 9 a.m. Friday, March 9 at the Panther Mountain Inn in Chestertown.