Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Common Ground Forum Meeting In Old Forge July 19

cga group shot 2015Community leaders, entrepreneurs and Adirondack citizens will gather in Old Forge for the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) Forum on Tuesday, July 19, to discuss constructive ways to enhance the quality of life in communities across the region.

This year’s forum will focus on the building blocks for community success. Topics include regional response to changing demographics, improving community health and wellness, and women in leadership.

The Forum assembles engaged residents from across the Adirondack Park and the North Country for one day each year to talk about strategies and actions that aim to create a viable future for the region.

In recent years, the forum has produced real results, including the Adirondack Futures scenario work led by Jim Herman and Dave Mason, as well as last year’s updated Blueprint for the Blue Line, a set of legislative priorities for the Adirondack Park for 2015 and beyond.

This year’s theme is “Building Blocks for Adirondack Community Success.” The bulk of the agenda is dedicated to work-group sessions featuring topics selected through community surveys:

● Responding to/Leveraging Changing Demographics

● Recreation Needs and Opportunities

● What is the role of the Adirondack Park Agency in the 21st century?

● Capitalizing on the Park’s Resources to Leverage Economic Investment

● Improving Community Health & Wellness

● Climate Change: Infrastructure and Economic Adaptation

● Community Distributed Power Generation in the Adirondack Park

● Women in Adirondack Leadership Positions

The forum will conclude with comments by state lawmakers.

The 2016 CGA Forum will take place at View, 3273 NY-28, in Old Forge. Registration is $35, and $25 for students; cost includes coffee and lunch.

To register, visit Adirondack North Country Association’s website. For more information about registration, contact Jake Vennie-Vollrath at (518) 891-6200 or

Media inquiries can be directed to ANCA Communications and Development Director Caitlin Wargo at (518) 891-6200 or, or Adirondack Foundation Communications Officer Chris Morris at (518) 523-9904 or

Photo of Common Ground Alliance group shot 2015 provided.

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5 Responses

  1. Larry Roth says:

    It’s good that this kind of meeting is taking place; it’s unfortunate that it doesn’t allow for outside input.

  2. Christopher J Morris says:

    Larry – absolutely anyone can attend this meeting. There is a registration fee to cover basic costs and food, but otherwise, there are no restraints on who can show up.

  3. Mike says:

    It is all about outside input. Anyone can go. I have been to a few. It is mostly time in smaller groups on different topics.

  4. Larry Roth says:

    Thanks for the input on who can attend. I got the impression from the way the article described the forum that it was intended just for people within the Adirondacks.

  5. Curt Austin says:

    A limitation of this effort can be seen by looking at the vehicles of the participants. Lots of Subaru’s and Prius’s, very few pickup trucks if any. From the point of view of carpenters, loggers and their families, it’s a discussion among elites.

    I attended one of these events in Long Lake a few years ago. The attendees spent a lot of time talking about locally grown food and farmer’s markets. They did not discuss the news about the nearby grocery store – it was going to start closing for the winter. Folks in pickup trucks know that year-round grocery stores are far more important to a year-round community.

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