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New Economy News | February 2023

Embracing Transitions as Opportunities

Thank you to the over 180 people who joined ANCA and the Center for Businesses in Transition partnership for the Small Communities. Big Opportunities. Conference on February 12-14. We are honored to have heard your stories, witnessed connections, and shared expert knowledge from an amazing slate of guest presenters.

In our latest What's Up North blog, ANCA's Dani Delaini reflects on the personal and professional connections that emerged at the conference, and how transitions — in business and in life — offer us opportunities for growth.

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Adirondack Buyer Days: Next Month!

Are you a maker wanting to reach new wholesale markets? Or a retailer looking to stock your shelves with locally made gifts? We'd love to see you at Adirondack Buyer Days — ANCA's business-to-business artisan trade show.

This annual event connects talented makers — like Art by Alyssa (pictured) — with retailers looking for unique handmade products for their shops.

Sign up now to get your spot at this two-day show, set for March 28 and 29 in Saratoga Springs.

Learn More & Sign Up

Local Food Systems

Food Justice Summit

ANCA is proud to sponsor the 2023 Food Justice Summit — "Feed Back: Food is Health." Presented by the Adirondack Food System Network, this year's summit will explore topics including food security, poverty, food sovereignty, environmental health, and more.

  • What: 2023 Food Justice Summit
  • When: Thursday, March 2
  • Where: The Wild Center, Tupper Lake

The event features two keynote speakers — Devon Mihesuah and Benita Law Diao — and other dynamic guest presenters. We hope you'll join us for this learning and networking event.

Photo from 2019 event by Dan Rivera

Learn more & register

Protecting Land and Water

NYSDEC's Trees for Tribs Program aims to create or improve riparian buffers that decrease erosion, reduce flooding damage, improve wildlife and stream habitat, and protect water quality.

Through the Buffer in a Bag Program, qualifying private and public landowners may apply for a free bag of 25 tree and shrub seedlings for planting near streams, rivers, or lakes to help stabilize banks, protect water quality, combat climate change, and improve wildlife habitat.

Applications are due April 7, 2023. Learn more.

Hiring Farmers' Market Manager

ANCA is seeking a part-time Farmers' Market Manager to oversee the High Peaks markets in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, May through October 2023. Learn more on our jobs page.

Adirondack Diversity Initiative

Emerging Stewards Claiming Space Program

ADI, Inclusive Woods & Us, and SUNY ESF recently welcomed 14 Rochester, NY high school students to the Adirondacks to spend a weekend at the 15,000-acre SUNY ESF Newcomb campus.

Students enjoyed a variety of activities including snowshoeing, winter ecology, night hikes, and discussions of environmental and social justice issues, pre-Civil War and human rights activities in the Adirondacks, and the local Timbuctoo settlement.

Funding for this program was provided by ADI and SUNY ESF's Timbuctoo Climate Science and Careers Institute.

Equity in Conservation and Recreation

The NextGen Committee of the Lake George Land Conservancy will host a conversation and Q&A around inequities in access and enjoyment in and around the Adirondacks. Panelists from ADI — including new director Tiffany Rea-Fisher — will discuss issues in the Park, how we can ensure benefits of land conservation are shared with all, and how we can work towards a safer park. 

What: Equity in Land Conservation and Recreation

When: Friday, March 10, 5:30 p.m.

Where: YMCA Camp Chingachgook, Pilot Knob Road Fort Ann, NY

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Clean Energy Corner

Clean Energy Conference is back!

After a three-year hiatus, ANCA's Clean Energy Conference is back! This year, we're partnering with the Mohawk Valley Clean Energy Team to reconvene this gathering of clean energy innovators and stakeholders.

What: ANCA Clean Energy Conference

When: June 1-2, 2023

Where: Irish Cultural Center of the Mohawk Valley, Utica, NY

Registration opens soon. Stay tuned for more information.

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Clean Energy Communities

Municipal leaders are invited to join NYSERDA and ANCA for an informative session that explores success stories from the Clean Energy Communities Program.

  • What: Clean Energy Communities: Small Communities Making Big Strides
  • When: Tues., Feb. 28, 10-11:30 a.m. 
  • Where: Virtual

Learn how the CEC program can move your community closer to achieving its climate goals.

Photo courtesy of the Town of Westport, whose town hall renovation story will be shared at the Feb. 28 webinar.

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Congratulations to the following communities who are earning credit toward clean energy project grants through the CEC Program while saving money and greenhouse gas emissions!

  • Town of Malone submitted LED Street Lights
  • Town of North Elba adopted the NYS Unified Solar Permit
  • Town of Pierrepont adopted the NYS Unified Solar Permit

Small Business Opportunities

Featured Business for Sale:

Pedals & Petals

Located in Inlet, NY, Pedals & Petals has been established in its current location since 1997 and is a turnkey operation. The first floor and basement, a combined 5,089 square feet, have an established full-service bicycle and gift shop with room to grow.

Learn more about this exciting business opportunity from the Center for Businesses in Transition!

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Did you miss CBIT's Small Communities. Big Opportunities. Conference? You can still learn about available businesses in the North Country region. View our list of available businesses.

Virtual Workshop Series

ANCA, CITEC Business Solutions, and the SUNY Canton SBDC present a free, virtual workshop series for small businesses and nonprofits interested in launching, updating, or growing their marketing efforts. Attend one or more workshops to learn how a marketing plan could grow your clientele and strengthen your bottom line.

  • Marketing Goals & Concepts: Tuesday, March 28,12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Build Your Marketing Plan: Tuesday, April 4, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Digital Marketing Basics: Tuesday, April 11, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Learn More & Register

Upcoming Partner Events

2023 Nonprofit Conference

When: February 28

Where: Canton

Presented by the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce with sponsorship from the Northern New York Community Foundation, this networking event is designed for nonprofit organizations and leaders.

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Workforce Ready: Training Program for Entry-level Workers

When: March 20 and 21

Where: Lowville and Watertown

This training with CITEC will cover general workplace expectations as well as effective problem solving, communication, time management, conflict resolution and more in a full day, interactive, in-person events.

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Skill Up! Co-op Clinic Virtual Summit

When: May 11

Where: Virtual

The U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives provides a space for deepening education and growing capacity for worker-owners, cooperatives and support organizations. We’ll be hosting workshops on financial literacy, conflict resolution, worker benefits and more.

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ICYMI: Here's What We're Reading

The Jobs Connection

ANCA is hiring for the following positions:

  • Clean Energy Communications Coordinator
  • Farmers’ Market Manager

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

  • Communications Manager: Adirondack Center for Writing
  • Executive Director: Traditional Arts of Upstate New York (TAUNY)
  • Director of Communications: Adirondack Foundation
  • Sustainable Farms and Conservation/Connectivity Interns: Adirondack Council
  • Historian: Great Camp Sagamore

Have an opening you want to promote? Send a web link to [email protected]

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