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New Economy News  |  June 2022

Adirondacks for All

Increasing access and inclusion

This past spring, the Adirondack Diversity Initiative partnered with SUNY Potsdam to offer an "Alternative Spring Break" for students of color. Twenty-one students and three adult chaperones participated in the immersive five-day experience at Camp Dudley in Westport, N.Y.

The Alternative Spring Break program is one of several efforts ADI and partners are leading to increase access and inclusion in the region. Learn more in the Adirondack Explorer, "Ensuring Adirondacks for All."

Photo by Clifton Harcum, SUNY Potsdam

“There is something almost spiritual about being up there, and I would really love for as many of our kids, as many New Yorkers period, who grow up in urban centers, to have that experience.” 

~ Zellnor Myrie — member of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus — after visiting Lake Placid in late 2021

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Photo courtesy of RENZ Consulting: Essex County and New York State officers participated in ADI's Community Policing Initiative trainings in 2020.

Creating safe and welcoming communities

Thank you to all who participated in the Common Ground Alliance Forum on June 15 in North Creek, where ADI Director Nicky Hylton-Patterson led a breakout session focused on strengthening relationships between local police officers and the communities they serve.

It was a lively and frank conversation that shed light on the concerns of people of color and other minoritized populations, as well as the efforts of local and state agencies. We are eager to continue this collaborative work to make our communities safe and welcoming for all.

Special thanks to the officers who joined Nicky for the panel discussion: NYS Police Trooper Wendy House, NYS Police Investigator Tamirah Ju, NYS Police Trooper Robert Larrabee, Essex County Sheriff David Reynolds, Warren County Sheriff Jim LaFarr, and Saranac Lake Police Chief Darin Perrotte.

Learn more about ADI's Community Wellness Initiative

Adirondacks for All virtual series

The “Adirondacks for All: Identity & Environmental Justice in the North Country” 8-week virtual series offers programs that examine the intersections between racial and environmental justice.

Presented by Adirondack Experience in partnership with ADI, The Wild Center and The Nature Conservancy — the series will wrap up with Women in the Forest of History: Renderings of Adirondack Wilderness on July 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Adirondack Experience

Learn more & register

Gearing up for Bike the Barns

Meet local food innovators 

At Bike the Barns — ANCA's farm-by-bike tour of North Country farms and food businesses — riders get to learn from innovators who are shaping our region's local food movement — like the Hendersons and Vogels, the farm families that co-own and operate Reber Rock Farm in Essex, NY.

"A diversified farm, whose farmers seek a diversified livelihood," Reber Rock uses innovative strategies and draft horse power to produce a variety of farm and forest products, including pasture-raised organic chicken, grassfed beef and pasture-raised, organic grain-fed pork.

Visit our website to learn more about Reber Rock and other producers participating in this year's event.

Photo of the Henderson Family courtesy of Reber Rock Farm, one this year's farm stops.

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Sign up to save your spot

Join us in celebrating Reber Rock Farm and other local food system innovators. Register today for this unique farm-by-bike experience:

  • What: Bike the Barns
  • When: Saturday, October 8, 2022
  • Where: Champlain Valley, NY
  • Start/finish: The Hub on the Hill, Essex, NY
  • Cost: $85* 

* Registration goes up $10 on August 23, so sign up now!

Register to ride!

Tupper Lake market seeks vendors

The Tupper Lake Farmers’ Market invites vendors to sell locally produced food and goods at its weekly summer markets located at the Adirondack Food Hub.

  • June 24 - October 21, Fridays 2:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Plus some Thursdays & Saturdays

Contact Cherie at for more information.

Looking for a farmers' market in your local area? Check out Adirondack Harvest's list of markets across the Adirondack North Country.

Find a market near you

Double up your food bucks

Double Up Food Bucks New York launches this weekend at farmers' markets across the region.

Used in conjunction with SNAP, Double Up will match every dollar SNAP users spend (up to $20). This means consumers can get $40 worth of farmers' market products for $20.

Learn more

Member spotlight: Mo Ahmad

Muhammad "Mo" Ahmad — owner of Frontier Town Gateway in North Hudson, N.Y. — is an active ANCA member who embodies our mission.

Mo emigrated from Pakistan in 2002 and worked as a gas station attendant in New Jersey and taxi driver in NYC before a visit to Lake George inspired him to make the Adirondacks his home. He went on to operate gas stations in Schroon Lake and North Hudson, and in 2018, he purchased the iconic Frontier Town A-frame. Three years of renovations and a global pandemic later, Frontier Town Gateway reopened in Fall 2021 with a grand reopening celebration last week!


A regular at ANCA’s Adirondack Buyer Days trade show in Saratoga, Mo supports local food producers and artisans by selling their products in his stores. He is working with ANCA on plans to install electric vehicle chargers at his gas stations. 

Mo Ahmad, right, with ANCA board and staff members at Frontier Town's iconic A-frame earlier this month.

Driven to give back to his community, Mo built an event hall for large gatherings and a space where patrons can enjoy fresh coffee, hearty breakfast and lunch meals and Pakistani food daily and Bollywood music every Thursday evening. 

Through strong vision, hard work and contagious enthusiasm, Mo is creating local jobs, revitalizing a rural community, and providing a variety of services to residents and visitors.

Learn more: Frontier Town Gateway

Entrepreneurship opportunities 

Brewing up business solutions

Jessy Jolicoeur, owner of Oval Craft Brewing in Plattsburgh, has tapped into ANCA's Center for Pandemic Response (ANCA CPR) to improve energy efficiency and strategic planning for his business. He worked with our Clean Energy Program staff to assess electricity use, obtain a heating audit and explore renewable energy options. Jessy also attended a strategic planning workshop with CITEC Business Solutions in May 2022.

"ANCA CPR has been a fountain of information for my small business coming out of the pandemic,” he said. “ANCA informed me of programs and educational opportunities that will improve my business and make Oval Craft Brewing more sustainable. These will help me grow my business while maintaining my goals of energy efficiency and supporting the community." 

Plan for the future with ANCA CPR

More than 100 businesses and nonprofits have started their enrollment in ANCA CPR, which offers them:

  • Connection with an ANCA CPR Program Navigator, a professional who will learn about your business or organization and support your short- and long-term goals;
  • Access to free and low-cost services including strategic planning, digital marketing training, and employee training and development;
  • Updates on business services, events, and funding opportunities offered by ANCA, our regional partners, the state and federal government, and trusted organizations beyond the North Country.
Learn more & enroll

Clean energy corner

Climate Smart Communities

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting applications for Round 6 of its Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Grant Program, which provides matching grants to municipalities for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects, including actions that help communities achieve CSC certification.

Up to $12 million is available for grants between $50,000 and $2 million for projects that help communities:

  • Reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT)
  • Reduce food waste
  • Reduce hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions from refrigeration and other equipment
  • Increase natural resiliency wetland and floodplain management
  • Reduce future flood-risk
  • Prepare for extreme weather events

An additional $2 million of funding is available for grants between $10,000 and $200,000 for projects that help municipalities earn CSC certification.

Grant applications are due by July 29, 2022. Contact ANCA's Erin Griffin for more information at

Learn more about CSC

Clean Energy Communities

Congratulations to the following communities who are earning credit toward clean energy project grants through NYSERDA's Clean Energy Communities Program while saving money and greenhouse gas emissions:

  • Town of Black Brook: completed LED Street Lights - Cobrahead
  • Town of Champlain: attended Energy Code Enforcement training
  • Town of Colton: attended Energy Code Enforcement training
  • Town of Constable: attended Energy Code Enforcement training
  • Town of Harrietstown: completed LED Street Lights - Cobrahead
  • Town of Hopkinton: attended Energy Code Enforcement training
  • Town of Louisville: attended Energy Code Enforcement training
  • Town of Martinsburg: completed LED Street Lights - Cobra Head
  • Town of Minerva: completed LED Street Lights - Cobrahead
  • Town of Pierrepont: attended Energy Code Enforcement training
  • Town of Schuyler Falls: completed LED Street Lights - Decorative Fixtures
  • Village of Waddington: attended Energy Code Enforcement training

And congrats to the Town of Newcomb for completing four high impact actions (LED street lights, Energy code enforcement training, Unified Solar Permit, and Benchmarking municipal buildings) to earn CEC designation and a $5,000 grant! 

Learn more about CEC

Help site EV infrastructure in NY

New York State is looking for input on where to site electric vehicle infrastructure through NYSERDA's National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program

You can help inform the process in this survey about EV charging stations throughout the state.

Take the survey

Clean energy photo of the month

An EV DC fast charger, in addition to a Level-2 charging station, has been installed in the municipal parking lot off Hodskin Street in Canton, NY.

Photo courtesy of PlugShare

Well wishes & welcome

Much gratitude and well wishes to outgoing board member Dr. Ty Stone, who is taking on the position of President of Cleveland State Community College in Tennessee. Ty has been a key member of the ANCA team over the last two years and a strong leader for Jefferson Community College and the North Country region. We wish her all the best in Tennessee. Read more

Warm welcome to Eric Barber, a student at Colgate University’s Upstate Institute. In his role as 2022 Summer Intern, Eric is conducting research and collecting data to support our food systems work with partners, farmers, food producers and consumers.

ICYMI: here's what we're reading

The jobs connection

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Check out our jobs page for openings with member and partner organizations and regional nonprofits:

  • Executive Director: PRIDE of Ticonderoga, Inc.
  • Community Energy Advocate: Northern Power & Light

Have an opening you want to promote? Send a web link to

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