Kate Fish, Executive Director of Adirondack North Country Association and member of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, speaks during a forum in Lake Placid Oct. 5.
Local residents will have the chance to learn more about the North Country Regional Economic Development Council’s plans during a meeting at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School Oct. 18.
The meeting will be held in the school’s auditorium and will follow up on the first three forums that were held earlier this year.
“Our goal is to have the basics of the strategic plan that we are crafting ready to start looking at,” Kate Fish, executive director of the Adirondack North Country Association and member of the Development Council, said. “The initial meetings were to talk about what the council was about and get ideas, and this second round of meetings will be about the big ideas and the transformative concepts.”
Fish said that, since Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of the 10 councils throughout the state, things have been moving quickly.
“It is happening at light speed,” Fish said. “It’s like making the plane as you are flying.”
North Country Regional Economic Development Council co-chair Garry Douglas, who is also the North Country Chamber of Commerce president, said that the meetings will allow council members to present their ideas throughout the region.
“When these upcoming forums are completed, we will have been to all seven counties in the North Country, which is very important given our region's size and diversity,” Douglas said. “We will then be working diligently to draft our strategic plan by the end of October, and we continue to welcome information and suggestions on all aspects of what will be a very multi-faceted roadmap for the next five years.”
Fish said that it has been a good blend of membership on the council.
“The people are working together really well,” Fish said. “There’s a lot of excellent ideas and people on this council and I think that we are coming together much more cohesively because we are representing these smaller communities.”
The Tuesday, Oct. 18, meeting, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the ELCS auditorium. To register for the forums, visit the website www.northcountryopenforbusiness.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. People may also call 561-5642 or 315-785-7907 if unable to RSVP online. Seating may be limited, so those interested in attending are asked to register early.
The North Country Regional Council is working to create a five-year strategic plan for economic development in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.