Thursday, October 29, 2020
North Country Good Life is Live!
The North Country Chamber of Commerce is excited to unveil a new recruitment and relocation website, North Country Good Life, which will help attract new talent to the region and assist those considering moving to the area by highlighting all that the Plattsburgh - Adirondack Coast region has to offer.

North Country Good Life was specifically designed to help our North Country employers (colleges, hospitals, manufacturers, and more) communicate to prospective out-of-area employees what we all already know - that the North Country is a great place to live, work, and raise a family!  

The new site has all of the information that one would need to know before making the decision to move to a new area such as: quality of local schools and childcare, healthcare and eldercare resources, major employers, and recreational opportunities.

We hope that you'll check it out, and maybe even link it on your own company website, using the link below!
Clinton County goes from Yellow to Red on Vermont's travel restriction map!
Recently Clinton County has gone from yellow to red on Vermont's travel restriction map. This means that the counties active cases per million have increased to 800+ and not the 400-799 active cases per million it was last week. It is important to note that all Clinton County residents must still abide by the same Vermont travel restrictions released last week.

Here are a few key facts and questions:

People traveling for essential purposes, including work, do not need to quarantine -- Essential travel includes travel for personal safety, medical care, care of others, parental shared custody, for food, beverage or medicine, to attend pre K-12 school and college if commuting daily, or to perform work for businesses that are currently allowed to operate.

Can I drive to the Burlington airport and take a flight out? Yes, but you cannot stop along the way or stay the night as they will have forms you have to fill out at the hotels to say you are quarantining.

Can I fly to the Burlington airport and drive home to Clinton county? Yes, as long as you do not stop in between the airport and the ferry.

Can we take a day trip to Vermont to go shopping or eat a meal in Vermont? Unfortunately, you cannot.

What if I need to spend the night in Burlington before or after a flight, or a trip to the hospital or just leisure? Trips for medical purposes are OK, other than that you would have to quarantine in VT for 14 days. Leisure travel through Vermont is not permitted.

For more details and information, visit Vermont's Cross State Travel page below.
Small Business Relief Program helps 239 Akwesasne businesses!
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Office of Economic Development (OED) announced that 239 Akwesasne businesses have received financial relief through the Tribe’s COVID-19 Small Business Relief Program.
The relief funds were made available from the U.S. Treasury Department under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Tribal Chief Eric Thompson expressed appreciation to local businesses for their cooperation in responding to the public health crisis.
BHSN expands services to Warren, Washington counties
Behavioral Health Services North has received endorsement from Glens Falls Hospital and the Warren/Washington Community Service Board to move forward with becoming the provider for outpatient substance abuse, mental health treatment and child and family services for the Glens Falls region.

Based out of Plattsburgh, Behavioral Health Services North operates 23 programs ranging from behavioral health for adults and children, residential services, care management, and various social programs and is also a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic designee through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Governor Cuomo Announces Launch of Virtual Passport Program
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of a virtual passport program that will showcase the 200 craft breweries closely surrounding the Empire State Trail, in partnership with the New York State Brewers Association. A comprehensive new website providing Empire State Trail users with quick and easy access to trail information along the 750-mile route is now available. The Empire State Trail Brewery Passport, made available through the NYSBA's existing New York Craft Beer App, will encourage New Yorkers to visit breweries within 10 miles of the Empire State Trail along the 750-mile route that spans the state.
Need Insurance?
Let the Chamber help you find a great policy!

Group Policy: Is your company's Health Insurance renewing soon? Are you thinking about offering benefits to your employees in 2021?

Let the Chamber help you find the right policy at the right price!

Individual Insurance: Individual open enrollment is now in progress!

Lisa can assist you on or off the marketplace.

Vision & Dental Insurance: Ask us about our Vision and Dental Insurance policies. Any Chamber member - owner or employee - is eligible to enroll.

Reduced paperwork, large group benefits and great pricing!

Call Lisa at 518.563.1000 or email today to talk about your health insurance options!
  • Forward NY: Official State Website for opening procedures and guidelines.

  • Looking for Supplies: If your business is looking for hard to find protective products, we have created a list of businesses offering hand sanitizer, gloves, wipes, masks and other items.

  • SCORE: Visit Scores Coronavirus page for webinars and useful articles for small businesses.
To help the North Country reopen safely and meet the state and local mandates, The North Country Chamber of Commerce has created a comprehensive list of resources to navigate state and local requirements. Check out the home page for details. There is also a series of webinars available for businesses to help educate and provide answers to common questions.
Have Questions? We're here to help!

North Country Chamber of Commerce