Wednesday July 29, 2020
Hello Chamber Members and Partners,

Here are the latest updates and resources for businesses and employees during this uncertain time.

Send us any questions or updates you may have. We are here to help provide information, connect the dots and assure those in the North Country that we will get through this together.

Onward and Be Well!
Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that 3 additional states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days.

The newly-added states are:
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Minnesota
  • Washington DC
  • Puerto Rico

This brings the total to 34 states. A full list can be found  here .
Press Release found here.
Clinton County Community Unveils Their Reopening Plans
Clinton Community College recently announced their reopening plan for the fall.

The plan includes:
  • 90% remote learning
  • New mandatory health screening form and temperature checks
  • All extracurricular activities are being held virtually
Did You Know that the North Country Chamber of Commerce has an Agreement with SUNY Empire State College
This agreement allows employees, retirees and families of North Country Chamber of Commerce members to participate in Empire State College’s corporate and community partnership benefits program. ⁠
Benefits of this partnership:

  • Helps lower the cost and time needed to complete a degree by awarding college credit for employees’ prior professional learning
  • Waives the application fee
  • Provides a $100 presidential scholarship
For more information and a full list of programs available click the link below.
WEBINAR: Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace
  • Dates: Tuesday, August 4th
  • Time: 11:00AM – 12:30PM

Unconscious bias creates blind spots that affect overall systems and daily interactions at every institution, company, and firm. Different types of bias serve as barriers to equity and inclusion for yourself and staff.  

Overcome these barriers by closely examining the ways you can make persons you interact with feel welcomed, accepted, valued, and important. This can be particularly important when your company or business is recruiting, interviewing, and hiring new employees and when mentoring and coaching them. 
  1. Be aware of what unconscious biases are, recognizing them, addressing them, and shifting to a culture of inclusion
  2. Exploring the range of social identities and how bias takes root within companies and individual interactions such as recruitment, interviewing, mentoring, and coaching
  3. Adopt methods and approaches for mitigating and overcoming bias in order to cultivate inclusion, reduce inequity, and encourage positive diversity dynamics at your companies
  4. Laying the information from this class and applying it to future classes 

  • Finding creative ways to support the business community’s education
  • Build out educational opportunities that focus on interviewing, selection, retention, mentoring, and coaching.

*This is part of the North Country Chamber of Commerce's Virtual Management Training
Data Shows Economy is Tied to Virus Levels
Real-time economic data is in great demand. Everyone wants to know what is happening in the economy right now. For this purpose, we have been following the  Weekly Economic Index  (WEI). The index was created by researchers at Harvard, the New York Fed, and the Dallas Fed. It compiles 10 data sources to compute a measure of real-time economic activity.
Those data points are: same-store sales, consumer confidence, new unemployment claims, continued unemployment claims, income tax withholdings, railroad traffic, staffing levels, steel production, fuel sales, and electricity usage. The index calculates a weekly reading that reflects the levels of each of these data points. 
We know the economy surged in May and June as virus levels dropped. We also know that surge is ebbing as virus levels rise. The WEI reflects this pattern.
It bottomed out in late April and had been rising steadily ever since, until a drop last week, largely because of the increase in unemployment claims. Fuel sales and electricity production also decreased. Those declines offset increases in railroad traffic and tax withholdings.
To give context to where the WEI stands now, it is still significantly below its lowest reading during the 2007-2009 Great Recession. However, that recession lasted longer than the current one. Even though the economy is a long way from being recovered, it is likely growing now, meaning the recession is likely technically over.

– Curtis Dubay, Senior Economist, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Ti-Works...The New Co-Working Space in Ticonderoga ​Now Open!
Ti-Alliance is pleased to announce the opening of a new co-working space in downtown Ticonderoga called Ti-Works. Located at 174 Lake George Avenue, Ti-Works was originally scheduled to open on April 1, know the rest.

A co-working space is a shared office space that can be used by anyone who needs a professional place to work - everyday, while here for a visit, for the day, or just to use the Internet or print/scan a document. These workspaces have become popular throughout the country as remote working and the gig economy have changed the nature of conventional workplaces. 

At Ti-Works, You'll Find:

  • A quiet workspace - socially distanced and disinfected throughout the day
  • A comfortable desk & office chair.....or a slouchy couch - however you like to work
  • A great broadband connection
  • A robust cell signal - regardless of your carrier
  • A printer/scanner so that you can print, sign, and send documents
  • A good coffeemaker, refrigerator and microwave - hey, productivity requires sustenance
  • A conference room - so that YOU can host the meeting this month
  • AND camaraderie - sometimes you just need to bounce an idea off someone else.

  • 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.

  • Now Hiring: Whether you are hiring or looking for work, we have a page dedicated to helping pair potential employees with employers.

  • Webinars: Did you miss one of our webinars, you can find them all here.

  • 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