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New Economy News | April 2022

Modern-day marketing for old-school skills

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Photo courtesy of the Adirondack Folk School

Adirondack Folk School uses digital marketing tools 

The Adirondack Folk School specializes in teaching traditional skills that date back generations. Yet the nonprofit arts and cultural organization, based in Lake Luzerne, NY, uses modern digital marketing strategies to grow its reach and impacts.

Learn how AFS is learning from digital marketing experts and engaging new students in this month's What's Up North blog by ANCA's Olivia Dwyer.

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Building belonging

ADI receives increased state funding

All of us at ANCA and ADI extend our gratitude to the elected and state officials who worked to secure increased funding for the Adirondack Diversity Initiative in the New York State Budget.

Special thanks to Senator Jose M. Serrano; the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus; Assemblyman Billy Jones; DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos; Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins; and Governor Kathy Hochul.

This support demonstrates your commitment to building diversity, equity and inclusion in the Adirondack region and is testament to the important work ADI is already accomplishing in our communities. Thank you.

Policing initiative gains momentum

This month, police officers across the region participated in RENZ Consulting's cultural consciousness training as part of ADI's 2022 Community Policing Initiative programs. Thank you to the following agencies for your commitment to building stronger, safer communities for all who live and work here:

  • Saranac Lake Police Department
  • Essex and Franklin County Correctional Officers
  • DEC Forest Rangers and Environmental Conservation Officers
  • Franklin County Sheriff's Department
  • Warren County Sheriff’s Department
  • SUNY Plattsburgh Campus Police Department
  • Plattsburgh Police Department and NY State Troopers, Troop B
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Officers attend a training at the Hotel Saranac in April 2022. Photo courtesy of RENZ Consulting.

The Community Policing Initiative also received coverage in the Spring issue of the Adirondack Explorer. 

Said one DEC agency representative of the training:

“This training is one example of our ongoing collaboration and will build upon existing training to reduce racial inequities in policing, prevent implicit bias, increase positive engagement and foster trust between law enforcement and all residents and visitors to the Adirondacks.”

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Communicating for change

Thanks to all who attended our weekend event, Communicating for Change Summit: A facilitators training on nonviolent communication, and for offering your time and energy for these important conversations.

Special thanks to presenters from M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence and our event sponsors — Paul Smith's College, North Country Community College and Citizens Advocates.

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Photo by Katie Kearney

Buyer Days was a blast!

Thank you to all who came out for last month's Adirondack Buyer Days trade show. We had a blast re-connecting with returning makers and retailers and meeting new attendees — like The Spicy Shark, pictured.

Didn't make it to the show? Browse the show catalog to learn about and connect with artisan vendors from across the Northeast. 

Show catalog
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Implied Line at 2022 Adirondack Buyer Days

Save the date for 2023

Mark your calendar now for next year's show:

Vendors are invited to complete an interest form to stay informed about application opening dates, educational opportunties and more. 

Interest form

Clean energy corner

Electric school buses across New York

On Earth Day, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that school districts across the state will have five years to begin purchasing electric-powered school buses. Momentum to get more EVs on the road is driven by New York's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), which set goals to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the state.

ANCA Energy Circuit Riders can help connect your community with information about electric school bus options and opportunties. Contact us at

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Seeking technical service providers

ANCA is seeking one or more Technical Service Providers (TSP) to perform energy efficiency and/or renewable energy updates for small businesses enrolled in our Center for Pandemic Response program (ANCA CPR). 

ANCA CPR works with businesses that may be able to lower energy and overhead costs through energy efficiency and clean energy projects. Please spread the word about this opportunity to help local businesses reduce energy use and costs.

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Climate plan hearing in Tupper Lake

New York’s Climate Action Council is seeking public input to inform its Final Scoping Plan and guide the implementation of the State’s climate goals.

NYSERDA and NYSDEC invite you to learn about the plan and offer feedback at in-person and virtual meetings, including the following:

  • What: Public hearing on climate plan
  • When: Tuesday, May 10 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: The Wild Center, Tupper Lake

Learn more about the meetings, draft plan, draft Disadvantaged Community Criteria, and more on the State's website.

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The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY.

Businesses in transition

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Circle Court Motel, Silver Bay General Store and Tug Hill Vineyards transitioned to new owners with the support of CBIT.

Save the dates: Basics & Beyond for Small Business Buyers

Have you always wanted to own a small business, but find the idea of starting from scratch daunting? Perhaps buying an existing small business is the best path forward.

Want to know more? Join us for CBIT's Basics & Beyond for Small Business Buyers training series:

Session 1:

May 31, 5:30-7:00 p.m. or June 1, 7:30-9:00 a.m.

Session 2:

June 14, 5:30-7:00 p.m. or June 15, 7:30-9:00 a.m.

Session 3:

June 28, 5:30-7:00 p.m. or June 29, 7:30-9:00 a.m.

During our free, three-part virtual training series, we’ll get you up to speed on the small business buying process and the current business transition environment. 

Register today

Business opportunity highlight

Did you miss our Matchmaking Event for Business Owners and Buyers in February? You can still connect with businesses who attended — like Mountain Tomboy — in our virtual networking place at BoothCentral

Mountain Tomboy creates artisanal, plant-based, allergy-free baked goods. All products are gluten- free, and mostly vegan and dairy-free. The business is strategic located to serve the High Peaks Corridor and has an established customer base at regional farmers’ markets and shops.

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Welcome to our newest CBIT partners

Since December 2021, an additional 7 organizations and 12 individuals have joined CBIT for our train-the-trainer program and as future CBIT liaisons.  


A hearty welcome to: Central Adirondack Association, EDC Warren County, Inlet Area Business Association, LivingADK and Ti-Alliance. 


2022 Returning CBIT partners and liaisons include: Adirondack Economic Development Corporation, Essex County IDA, Franklin County Economic Development Corporation, Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce, Hamilton County Economic Development, Lewis County Development Corporation, St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, and Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Celebrating local farms

Gearing up for Bike the Barns

We are so glad to be hosting Bike the Barns again this year after a two-year break. This one-day farm-by-bike tour of North Country farms and food businesses gives you the opportunity to personally connect with our region's local food movement. 

Celebrate the people whose hard work makes our region's local food scene so vibrant. Sign up today for Bike the Barns!

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  • What: Bike the Barns
  • When: Saturday, October 8, 2022
  • Where: Champlain Valley, NY
  • Start/finish: The Hub on the Hill, Essex, NY
  • Cost: $75*

* Note the cost increases to $85 on June 1 and $95 on August 23. Reduced registration fee available for supporters who don't wish to ride, but want to join us for the finish line celebration.

Thank you to Bike Adirondacks for providing event support for this year's event. 

Learn more about the event in our press release announcement

Learn more & register

Build your small business toolkit

Enroll your small business in ANCA CPR

Small businesses and nonprofits like the Adirondack Folk School are benefiting from free and low-cost services provided by ANCA CPR. Learn about the Folk School's growth through digital marketing in this month's What's Up North blog by ANCA CPR Program Navigator Olivia Dwyer.

Learn more about ANCA CPR, our services and how your business or organization can benefit. Start the enrollment process by completing an interest form today.

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Learn from the experts in May virtual workshops

In May 2022, ANCA CPR will present expert-led, virtual workshops on strategic planning, participatory management and planning for business growth:


Strategic planning with CITEC Business Solutions 

Thursdays, May 5, May 12, May 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m. via Zoom

Create a mission statement and define your business vision, conduct a SWOT analysis and apply your strategic plan to determine needs and next steps. 

Participatory management with the Cooperative Development Institute

Mondays, May 3, May 10, and May 17, 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Zoom

A series on workplace communication, personnel policies and open book management. Learn systems, practices and tools to engage workers and improve workplace culture. 

Planning for business growth with the SUNY Canton SBDC 

Wednesdays, May 4 and May 18, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. via Zoom

Develop or update a business plan to achieve operational and financial objectives, and then refine your marketing plan to convert new audiences into customers. 

To sign up, please email Olivia Dwyer at

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Exploring cooperative housing


ANCA & CDI collaborate on housing issue

Affordable housing is on the minds of many people in the region, with policymakers and stakeholders developing a variety of strategies to address the crisis. ANCA is working on a new project with the Cooperative Development Institute to explore an approach that is not yet fully developed here — cooperative housing.

With a parcel of land committed to the project, ANCA and CDI will offer programming to educate the public about the benefits associated with cooperatives. Workshops about will begin in the  late spring/early summer.

To learn more, contact ANCA's Cooperative Housing Engagement Specialist Patrick Murphy at

ANCA board member honored

Congratulations to ANCA board member Dr. Ty Stone for being named to City & State New York magazine’s Higher Education Power 100 list. The list includes influential members of academia and leaders from colleges, universities and professional schools in New York State.

Well deserved! 

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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:

  • Office Administrator: Adirondack Land Trust
  • Grants Manager: Adirondack Land Trust
  • Director of Equity & Inclusion: North Country School/ Camp Treetops
  • Conservation Easement Steward: The Nature Conservancy, Adirondack Chapter
  • Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy Contractor(s): ANCA

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

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ANCA members are growing the region's New Economy by building strong, resilient and equitable systems for local food, clean energy and small businesses. Become an ANCA member today.

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