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New Economy News | August 2022

Grow the New Economy of Tomorrow

You're invited: ANCA Annual Meeting

Join ANCA's board, staff and friends for our 2022 Annual Meeting, where we'll explore the future of the North Country economy with a focus on small businesses, local food systems, clean energy, and diversity, equity & inclusion.

Be inspired by regional innovators

Registration includes opportunities to experience The Wild Center and gather with the ANCA Community: 

  • Explore the Center, Wild Walk, nature trails, cafeteria & shop for the day.
  • Engage with dynamic community leaders via talks & multimedia presentations.
  • Join Wild Center Executive Director Stephanie Ratcliffe for a tour of the inspiring new “Climate Solutions" exhibit. 
  • Gather for an outdoor reception featuring local refreshments & craft beverages.

Photo: Rick Godin/The Wild Center

Learn more & register

The Power of Nonviolent Communication

In April, the Adirondack Diversity Initiative hosted a 2-day Communicating for Change Summit to provide insight, conversation and training for leaders interested in facilitating nonviolent communication in their communities.

In ANCA's latest What's Up North Blog, ADI Scholar Activist David Epstein-HaLevi reflects on key takeaways from the summit and how NVC can empower us to create spaces that are welcoming of all.

Photo by Katie Kearney

Read the blog

Building Welcoming & Belonging in the Workplace

Are you ready to create a space of welcoming and belonging in your workplace? Are you seeking ways to attract and retain diverse talent and understand the needs of your clientele?

Join ADI and ANCA CPR staff for an entry-point exploration of different methodologies —including nonviolent communication — and learn how to better articulate feelings, needs, requests, and boundaries in the workplace. This event is open to all, including small business owners and staff, aspiring entrepreneurs and nonprofit personnel.

  • What: Building Welcoming & Belonging in the Workplace Workshop
  • When: Monday, September 19, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Where: Dewey Mountain Recreation Center, Saranac Lake, NY
  • Cost: Free
Learn more & register

Member Profile: North Country Creamery

Ashlee Kleinhammer and Steven Googin started North Country Creamery in 2013 with just 10 Shorthorn and Jersey milking cows. Their herd has since grown to 52 cows — 30 of whom produce milk for a variety of farmstead cheeses, creamline yogurts and raw milk. At Clover Mead Farmstore, located on their 115-acre property in Keeseville, they sell these and other local and value-addedproducts.

North Country Creamery places a high value on sustainable and organic practices at every level, including ingredients for their dairy products and treatment of their cows. The farm is 100% grass-fed, Non-GMO, NYS Grown & Certified, and Animal Welfare Approved. Ashlee and Steven are proud that the majority of their dairy products stay within the Adirondacks and all are sold within New York State. 

Ashlee and Steven have been active ANCA members since 2015, having participated with the Adirondack Diversity Initiative, Bike the Barns and small business education opportunities. North Country Creamery is currently working with the ANCA CPR team on strategic plans that will help streamline operations, boost their bottom line and bring them closer to their goal of becoming a worker-owned cooperative.

Photo by Erika Bailey

Learn more about NCC

Cooperative Housing 101

On August 17, ANCA and the Cooperative Development Institute (CDI) hosted a learning session about an exciting opportunity to develop a cooperative housing project in Lake Placid. 

Read about it in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Lake Placid News and Adirondack Explorer.

Want to get involved or join the project's steering committee? Contact

Virtual co-op learning session

second learning session will be held virtually:

  • What: Cooperative Housing 101 Virtual Learning Session
  • When: Thurs., Sept 8, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Virtual via Zoom
Register here

Adirondack Diversity Initiative

First Friday Saranac Lake

All are welcome to gather in Saranac Lake for the village's first First Friday — a celebration of cultural diversity, history, food, business and arts.

First Friday encourages collaboration between retail shops, restaurants, art venues and local entertainment to showcase downtown businesses and create a welcoming community. Join ANCA, ADI, the Saranac Lake Area Chamber and local businesses on September 2, 5-8 p.m.

Learn more

Explore nature and race in The Woods

Join us at the Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake for a performance of The Woods and a post-show talk-back moderated by ADI Director Nicky Hylton-Patterson.

The Woods explores our learned relationships to the American landscape and the consequences those cultural narratives have on young Black Americans.

Get tickets

Online learning platform RFP

We are currently seeking a technical service provider to develop a Learning Management System for ADI's new Business Welcoming Microcredential. Please spread the word!

The microcredential will offer businesses and organizations the opportunity to engage in curriculum designed to increase and diversify their employee and customer base.

Learn more

Get ADI news in your inbox

ADI launched a new monthly e-newsletter this month. Sign up today to get program information, resources, success stories and more in your inbox.

* Check the box for Diversity and Inclusion to sign up.

Sign up

Small Business Opportunities

Small Communities. Big Opportunties. returns

We are thrilled to announce the Small Communities. Big Opportunities. conference is will be back in 2023! The learning and networking event for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to take over a North Country business will be held in person and offer more ways to help you realize your business ownership dreams.

Save the dates! February 12-14, 2023 in Saranac Lake

Clarkson Training Series

Whether you are still forming your business idea or have already started a business, the Clarkson Entrepreneurship Training program can help you succeed. There are two more in-person Wednesday workshops:

  • Ogdensburg: August 31, 4-8 p.m.
  • Saranac Lake: September 7, 4-8 p.m.

This series is hosted by Point Positive, Clarkson University’s Shipley Center for Innovation and partners, including ANCA. 

Learn more & register.

AEDC Virtual Skills Course

In its virtual Entrepreneurial Skills Course, the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) will provide info for launching a new business or growing an existing one. Topics include insurance, bookkeeping, e-commerce, management and more.

  • Wednesdays, September 7 to November 16, 5:30-8:00 p.m. 

To learn more and register, contact AEDC's Stephanie Donaldson: 518-891-5523 or

Bike the Barns

Over 150 riders have registered for Bike the Barns! The event is sold out, but you can still sign up to get on the wait list and join us for the finish line celebration:

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

Want to help out? Sign up to volunteer.

Juniper Hill Farm's Adam Hainer gives Bike the Barn riders a farm tour in 2017.

Thank you to our sponsors

Thank you to the growing list of generous sponsors who are supporting Bike the Barns and ANCA's work with local farms and food businesses:

Clean Energy Corner

Energy upgrades with community solar

Does your community want to make clean energy upgrades but is unsure of where to start? If there's community solar or hydro power available through a provider in your region, you may be able to transition your municipal electricity accounts to renewable energy — like the Town of Harrietstown recently did.

Contact to learn more. 

Clean Energy Communities

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

  • Town of Harrietstown: Benchmarking for Municipal Buildings
  • Town of Harrietstown: NYS Unified Solar Permit
  • Town of Minerva: 4 high impact actions to earn a $5,000 CEC designation grant
  • Town of Moriah: Clean Fleets - 3 EV charging stations in Port Henry
  • Village of Copenhagen: LED Street Lights - Cobra Head Style HIA
  • Village of Lake Placid: 4 high impact actions to earn a $5,000 CEC designation grant
  • Village of Waddington: 4 high impact actions to earn a $5,000 CEC designation grant
Learn more about CEC

Local farms. Local food.

Essex Farm is among the farms along the Boquet Valley Cuisine Trail.

Open Farm Weekend

Join Adirondack Harvest for the inaugural Adirondack Cuisine Trail Open Farm Weekend. The event will feature several farms and food businesses on the Boquet Valley Cuisine Trail, one of the six distinct trails that highlight agriculture and local food in the Adirondacks. 

  • What: Open Farm Weekend
  • When: September 2-5, 2022
  • Where: Various locations
Learn more

Federal grants for meat processors

The NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets is launching a $5 million meat processing grant program later this spring.

Contact for information about this and other grant programs for farms and food producers.

Read more

Salami hangs in Mace Chasm Farm's curing cabinet, an ANCA grant project.

Downtown Revitalization Initiative & NY Forward Grants

Governor Hochul recently announced $200 million for two downtown redevelopment programs: Round 6 of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) and the first round of NY Forward. Each program supports initiatives that develop vibrant downtown destinations across the state, with NY Forward newly created to serve the unique needs of smaller and rural communities. 

If your community is planning to apply for a DRI or NY Forward grant in 2022 or 2023? Our ANCA CPR team is available to discuss how ANCA could support projects that stabilize and grow small businesses, incorporate clean energy projects and more.

Applications for both programs are due on September 23. Contact Zach Hobbs, ANCA CPR Outreach Coordinator, to learn more.

Save the Date

Mark your calendar with upcoming events across the region with ANCA partners:

Building a Strong Workforce

When: Tuesday, September 20, 12:00 p.m.

Where: Virtual

Northern Forest Center’s 7th webinar in their Building the New Forest Future series.

Learn more & register.

Adirondack Harvest Festival 

When: Saturday, September 24, 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Where: Essex County Fairgrounds, Westport

ANCA is a proud sponsor of this celebration of local food and farming.

Learn more.

Aaron Mair Lecture

When: Saturday, October 1, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Where: Paul Smith's VIC

The director of Adirondack Council's Forever Adirondacks campaign will kick off the 2022 Fall Lecture Series at Paul Smith's VIC.

Learn more & register.

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: Adirondack Rail Trail Association
  • Communications Director: Cooperative Fund of the Northeast
  • Director of Communications: North Country School/ Camp Treetops

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

Job opportunities
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