Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Applauding the Plattsburgh Compact

The historic collaboration between the city and town of Plattsburgh — both anchors of the upstate New York economy — is a commitment by local and regional leaders to strive for transformational and generational change that creates harmony, prosperity and lasting impacts for the people and businesses of the greater Plattsburgh region and the North Country.

As community based nonprofit organizations, we applaud the groundbreaking Plattsburgh Compact. We recognize that this promise of collaboration goes deeper than the typical duties of local government, creating a tangible spirit of partnership through public service.

As we all know and have experienced deeply over the past year, collaboration is essential to survival here in our unique region of New York State. It is also essential to community progress at all levels, from upgrading critical water, sewer and housing infrastructure to ensuring high quality education from cradle to career and investing in local food systems for equitable access.

The work we do, the relationships we build and the initiatives we invest in become our legacy. The collaborative momentum of the Plattsburgh Compact invites us all to come to the table with a renewed vision for what it means to live, work, play and invest in our communities. We are witnessing and participating in the shaping of our future here and now. Thank you for placing community at the center of this work.


Cali Brooks, Adirondack Foundation

Mark Lukens, Behavioral Health Services North

Rick Dalton, CFES Brilliant Pathways

Ray DiPasquali, Clinton Community College

Kerry Haley, Foundation of CVPH

Bruce Garcia, Joint Council of Economic Opportunity of Clinton and Franklin Counties

Karen Dispo-De Boos, Literacy Volunteers of Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties

Bill McColgan, Mountain Lake Public Broadcasting

Sylvie Nelson,North Country Workforce Development Board & Partnership, Inc.

Mark Hamilton, Plattsburgh Housing Authority & Plattsburgh Community Housing

David Coryer & Elizabeth Goerlitz-Coryer, RAMP

Deb Cleary, Ready for Real

Alexander Enyedi, State University of New York, Plattsburgh

John Bernardi, United Way of the Adirondack Region

Photo of Plattsburgh City Hall by Mwanner, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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