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Ed Bartholomew, President  |  Arleen Girard, Chair

FEBRUARY 9, 2018

INSIDE EDC

SAVE THE DATE
 
EDC Member Appreciation Day at Gore Mountain
Thursday, March 15, 2018
 
Make sure your ski and snowboard gear is ready to hit the slopes  for a day of fun at Gore Mountain! 

More details to follow.
 



$341 Million Round III Investment Provides Last Mile Funding to Ensure High-Speed Internet Access for Every New Yorker

For the press release click  here.

A dirondack lawmakers call for higher cell phone towers

Towers necessary for public safety, say state lawmakers

PLATTSBURGH | With the state nearing the home stretch on its universal broadband project, state Sen. Betty Little and Assemblymen Billy Jones and Dan Stec are pivoting to ensure better cell phone reception for local visitors and residents.
 
The lawmakers jointly called for higher cell towers in the Adirondack Park at a legislative breakfast in Plattsburgh last week. 
The measure will not only aid in communication, but is critical for health, public safety and the economy, the officials said at the North Country Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event. 

"I want to see taller cell towers," Little said. "Fewer of them, but more coverage."

It's a key issue the senator said she'll be pursuing during the current legislative session.

Read the article   in The Sun.

Glens Falls IDA hires consultant for brownfield program

GLENS FALLS - The LA Group has been hired to conduct necessary studies to prepare for future development of two city brownfield areas.

The Glens Falls Industrial Development Agency recently approved hiring the Saratoga Springs-based firm for two separate contracts to work on the Warren Street and South Street Brownfield Opportunity Areas.

EDC Warren County President Edward Bartholomew said LA Group's work will be to do some of the technical, historical and archaeological review of the properties ahead of any redevelopment efforts.

Read the article in the  Post-Star.

Business confidence in North Country at record high

State investment, national economy spurs positive business survey

PLATTSBURGH | Businesses throughout the region are more confident than ever that the area's economy is on the rise. 

The North Country Chamber of Commerce released the results of its annual issue survey last Tuesday. From 4,000 responses from Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton and northern Warren counties, 96 percent of business owners are confident that their sales and activities will grow or remain steady this year, an uptick of 3 percent over last year.

"Nobody understands the economy better than the businesses on the frontlines," Chamber President Garry Douglas told The Sun. "And this result is the highest it's been in 20 years."

The biggest factors in this collective thumbs-up from the business community: 

More than half of business owners are expecting the national economy to grow.

Read the article in  The Sun.


Lakes to Locks Passage photo contest


LAKES TO LOCKS PASSAGE
SENSE OF PLACE PHOTO CONTEST

Help us celebrate 15 successful years of helping communities and fostering local economies. We provide a wide variety of services to municipalities, museums, and nonprofits all along the scenic byway-from Albany to the Quebec border. To help spread the word and highlight the beauty of our byway, we want residents and visitors to share their favorite spot on the Lakes to Locks Passage scenic byway-whether they're paddling Lake Champlain, hiking a trail, exploring an historic building or quaint village, crossing a lock on the Champlain Canal, or learning about the history hidden in these stunning landscapes.

In order to make this first (and what we hope will be an annual) event possible, we are appealing to local businesses to donate prizes that will be given to the winners of the photo contest.

Click here for more information or contact Community Outreach Director, Gretel Schueller, at  gretel.schueller@gmail.com  

EDC President Ed Bartholomew serves as president of Lakes to Locks.







Contact EDC President Ed Bartholomew at 
518-761-6007


Loan Fund of $500,000

  • $250,000 From NYS ESD
  • $250,000 From Local Private Banks
  • Small & Medium Sized Businesses
  • Bridge Gaps, New Equipment, Capital, Expansions







Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau

January 14 to March 18

GLENS FALLS, NY - An exhibition featuring the works of the artist credited with inspiring the Art Nouveau movement opened on Sunday, January 14, at The Hyde Collection.

Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau includes more than seventy works drawn from the Dhawan Collection of Los Angeles, California, one of the most significant private collections of Mucha's work in the United States.

Click here for more details.







Ski and ride 9 sides of 4 unique peaks!


For tickets, passes and special events information click here.



Gore Mountain to Host 2019 State Skiing Championships

Read the article in the  Post-Star.

West Mountain 

Ski, Ride and Tube Day and Night

West Mountain is open for the season for skiing and riding and tubing!

For hours of operation, tickets and passes click






For more details click here.

The Great Upstate Boat Show 2018

The Capital Region's Largest Boat Show March 2-4, 2018
The Annual Great Upstate Boat Show will be held on March 2-4, 2018 at the Adirondack Sports Complex ("The Dome") in Queensbury, NY.

With dealers, boat brands, boats on display, lifestyle vendors, and seminars, don't miss the biggest boat show between New York and Montreal!

Get The Details :
Show Hours:
  • Friday, March 2: 11:00AM - 8:00PM
  • Saturday, March 3: 10:00AM - 7:00PM
  • Sunday, March 4: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Admission Prices
  • Adults: $12.00
  • Children (under 12 with parent): Free
Whether you are in the market for a new or pre-owned boat, looking for boating accessories, or just browsing, this is an event you won't want to miss!

For more information on the Great Upstate Boat Show in Queensbury, and to print an online coupon for $2.00 off admission, visit
greatupstateboatshow.com.


2018 Thurman Maple Days

Having a 'sweet' time is easy during Maple Days in  Thurman, NY.
For three consecutive weekends in March, Thurman celebrates all things maple and you won't want to miss it!


Four maple farms participate in Thurman Maple Days:
  • Adirondack Gold Maple Farm, 74 Bear Pond Road, Athol, NY
  • Valley Road Maple Farm, 190 Valley Road, Thurman, NY
  • Hidden Hollow Maple Farm, 312 Dippikill Road, Warrensburg, NY
  • Toad Hill Maple Farm, 151 Charles Olds Road, Athol, NY
Watch sap being gathered and boiled and see how a Certified Tree Farm makes maximum use of the wood from all types of trees. Learn what's involved in this industry, have some old fashioned family fun, and take home some of the best maple syrup in the country.

Making maple syrup is a unique and time-intensive process, but the end result is well worth waiting for!

Come hungry! There will be syrup samplings, pancake breakfasts and more. After you've had your fill of maple sugar you can get a llama kiss, enjoy games and activities for kids, shop for delectable goodies, dance to live music, and more.

 
Visit the website to learn more.

The Celebration Is State-Wide: NYS Maple Weekends
For two weekends, maple farms all over New York State will hold open houses and other fun maple events. On March 17 - 18 and 24 - 25, 2018, more than 130 locations will open their doors to the public with demos, family friendly activities, pancake breakfasts and much more.






Your're Invited to the 30th Annual Job Discovery 2018

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SUNY Adirondack Gymnasium
640 Bay Road, Queensbury, NY  12804



Organized and facilitated by a committee comprised of local employers and volunteers,  Job Discovery is the region's premier job fair and business expo.  Don't miss this cost-effective method of recruiting and promoting your products and services! It's also a great opportunity to network with other employers.

Click here for more information and to register.


Don't Miss the next Warren County Watch with Maury Thompson 
Coming Soon!


Maury Thompson is a former newspaper reporter, who retired from The Post-Star after 21 years covering the region.
 
He keeps his finger on the pulse of economic development, business and quality of life in Warren County by writing a twice-a-month column for EDC Warren County.  Next update February 16, 2018.

WARREN COUNTY HAPPENINGS
APA approves Boreas Ponds classification

The debate over how to classify Boreas ponds generated widespread public discussion.

RAY BROOK | The Adirondack Park Agency formally approved the classification of the Boreas Ponds Tract on Friday, creating the largest Wilderness area in the northeastern United States.

More than 11,000 acres will be added to the High Peaks Wilderness Area, and some 9,000 as Wild Forest, a less restrictive category that will allow motorized uses on select areas.
 
Read the article in  The Sun.
  
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & REGIONAL NEWS
New York's Giant Pension Fund Doubles Climate-Smart Investment | InsideClimate News

The $2 billion boost was announced at the Investors Summit on Climate Risk, where top fund managers discussed finance for a low-carbon, clean energy future.

America's third-largest public pension fund is ramping up its climate-savvy investments, New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced to global finance leaders on Wednesday.

The fund, a huge and influential investor, plans to  double its stake to $4 billion in a portfolio of companies that disclose and seek to lower their emissions of global warming pollution.

Read the article in InsideClimate News.


SUSTAINABILITY AND STATE PENSIONS

Click here to listen to State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli talk about the pension fund, the state budget and more.

Fab 8's move to 7 nanometer chips more important than ever

GlobalFoundries move this year to making better-performing chips using 7 nanometer architecture at its Fab 8 factory in Saratoga County can't come soon enough.

Read the article in the Times Union.
  
CircusTrix Acquires Sky Zone, Creating the Largest Indoor Active Recreation and Trampoline Park Company in the World

Read the article in  EconoTimes.

  
UPCOMING EVENTS

February


February 27, 2018
8:00 a.m.
333 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 

SAVE THE DATE:
March 23-25
NYS Federation High School Boys' and Girls' Basketball Tournament
Cool Insuring Arena, Glens Falls - Info - 798-0202


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