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By Danielle Delaini, Adirondack North Country Association
We at ANCA are struggling (as we imagine many of you are ) to comprehend, process and heal from the deep divisions that are happening in the U.S. today. Sometimes it can feel like our work is such a small drop in a large ocean of economic and social troubles flooding our region and our country. It can feel isolating. It can feel insurmountable.
Of course, it is nothing compared to the weight that minoritized individuals feel in experiencing the same burnt, torn landscape of our nation in this moment.
We recommit ourselves everyday to overcome those feelings and continually move forward — to work at a systems level in order to make outsized impact from a modestly sized organization.
Committing to that hope is possible because we never stand alone.
Earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that $11M in funds from the State’s allocation of the federal Volkswagen Settlement will be used to expand electric transportation infrastructure across New York.
The program addresses goals of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) to increase access to clean energy and the benefits of sustainable infrastructure. This latest announcement will advance EV adoption and improve access to charging stations in disadvantaged communities in upstate and northern New York.
Charging station developers for the North Country region are invited to apply by February 18, 2021.
This is great news, coming on the heels of ON-RAMP, ANCA’s clean transportation summit, where we convened stakeholders and partners who are committed to advancing clean transportation efforts in the region.
In the far north of the state, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Environmental Division announced it will use Volkswagen Settlement funds to invest in electric vehicles and charging stations in the Akwesasne community. Kudos to the National Tribal Air Association for advocating for Indigenous communities to be included in the federal settlement, and to St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Air Quality Program Manager Angela Benedict, whose hard work resulted in $249K for the purchase of two new trucks and installation of four charging stations in 2019. The second settlement payment will go toward the purchase of low-emission vehicles for the community’s casino and transfer station.
It’s so easy to go to a huge online retailer, order everything I need, and have it show up at my door. Especially now when I don’t really want to go into stores in person. I can’t tell you how many times over the last few weeks I’ve loaded up my online shopping cart, only to abandon it again…
Because. BECAUSE. They don’t need my money. You know who does. I know you know.
Who doesn’t love a small business? I think we all want them to be here in the future. Many local businesses have new ways of serving their customers. There’s online ordering, curbside pickup, delivery or shipping available. We’re all learning and adjusting. These entrepreneurs are out there, coming up with new ideas and working to meet the changing demands of their customers and the shifting landscape of regulations and guidelines.
It has been a trying year for everyone. If we each put a little time, effort and care into meeting our needs locally — as each of us is able to manage — our collective support of small businesses will make a big difference in our communities.
On its surface, racial equity implies the fair treatment of all people, regardless of race. However, America’s fraught history of race exposes how Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) have been disproportionately denied access to systems, structures and pathways that result in fair opportunities and outcomes for all. By centering racial equity in our communities, we can increasethe collective economic and social successfor all who live and work in the North Country region.
These values are at the heart of the Adirondack North Country Association’s 2020 annual meeting, which will take place via Zoom on Friday, September 18 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. The virtual event will focus on how racial equity is essential for a stronger, more resilient North Country region, as businesses and communities rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the North Country region is in the process of re-opening, the team at Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) wants to hear from small business owners.
They ask that business owners take a minute for a CARES Act Survey: Second Edition. This short survey follows up an April 17 poll, with an expanded focus on North Country businesses’ experiences with emergency relief funding and the reopening process.
Responses will help ANCA better understand how North Country businesses are faring through the crisis and how we can best advocate for resources at the state and federal levels.
Also from ANCA, a compilation of upcoming webinars/virtual events:
ANCA stands with our Black sisters and brothers in this time of nation-wide grief and protest that have resulted from the murders of George Floyd and so many others. We stand with our Black sisters and brothers in declaring that Black Lives Matter. We stand with our Black sisters and brothers as America faces an inflection point, ready to do the hard work of making much-needed change.
This moment demands intentionality. Intentional language, intentional strategies, and intentional action to disrupt 400 plus years of racism and to dismantle the structural inequities that plague our nation.
Wednesday, May 13, 10:00 a.m.:Conversation with our Legislators (Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, Senator Betty Little, Assemblyman Dan Stec, Assemblywoman Carrier Woerner), hosted by Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, May 13, 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.: Back to Business: What You Need To Do Before You Reopen, hosted by the North Country Chamber of Commerce. Register ahead for the morning training or the afternoon session.
The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has announced the recipients of its Local Farm Grant program, which was launched in October 2019 to support farmers and food producers who are strengthening the region’s agriculture and food systems.
A total sum of $103,962 in grant funds have been awarded to the following northern New York farms: Argyle Cheese Farmer in Argyle; Blue Pepper Farm in Jay; Juniper Hill Farm in Wadhams; Mace Chasm Farm in Keeseville; Milkweed Tussock Tubers in Heuvelton; North Branch Farms in Henderson; Peacock and Pony Farm in Natural Bridge; and Triple Green Jade Farm in Willsboro. » Continue Reading.
For its 2016 Annual Meeting on September 23rd, the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) will discuss the economic challenges facing the North Country, communities demonstrating success in tackling them, and how others can learn from their efforts. Outcomes from the breakout sessions are expected to be used to create a toolkit for communities to explore new ways to invigorate their own towns and villages.
To encourage sharing and dialogue, the meeting will feature breakout discussions facilitated by community experts in ANCA’s network, including Ed Bartholomew, President and CEO, EDC Warren County; Kristi Dippel, Executive Director of Clayton Local Development Corporation; Tim Fortune, Owner, Small Fortune Studio, Saranac Lake, NY and Chair of the Saranac Lake Village Downtown Advisory Board; Aaron Benner, Co-owner of Boire Benner Group in Plattsburgh, NY; Randy Preston, Town Supervisor of Wilmington, NY; Chris Louras, Mayor of Rutland, VT.
Several of the North Country’s entrepreneurs will gather on September 25 to share their experiences with growing an idea into a viable business in our unique region.
The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) is hosting this forum as part of its 2015 Annual Meeting, themed “[email protected]: Accelerating Local Economies.” Clarkson University President Tony Collins will open the program, which will also include recognition of the success of the Go Digital or Go Dark Campaign that concluded recently with the digital conversion of the Strand Theater in Schroon Lake. » Continue Reading.
Community leaders, entrepreneurs and Adirondack citizens will gather in Long Lake on Wednesday, July 15 to discuss constructive ways to enhance the quality of life in communities across the region. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) will be working in partnership with the Village of Canton, First Nation Akwesasne and communities in the Tri-Lakes region to take part in Community Solar NY, a program that will make investing in solar power easier and more affordable for local residents and businesses.
The three Solarize programs will kick off with workshops the first week of June, where residents and business owners can learn about the program. Locations and dates will be announced shortly. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and Inclusive Recreation Resource Center at SUNY Cortland (IRRC) are releasing a guide to improving accessibility at destinations along three main tourism corridors in the North Country.
A free webinar from 2:30 to 3:30 on April 28 will introduce this resource and discuss accessibility issues throughout the region. » Continue Reading.
Several nonprofits from across the Adirondack region have partnered to raise funds to rebuild the historic and iconic Wanakena Footbridge in the Clifton-Fine community. The suspension bridge was destroyed in January, 2014 when an ice jam on the Oswegatchie River broke and slammed into its side.
Built in 1902 by the Rich Lumber Company, the footbridge provided pedestrian access to residential and commercial areas of Wanakena. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. Estimates put the full cost of construction at $250,000.
The Wanakena Historical Association has already raised nearly $38,000, but to extend the campaign’s, reach the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has partnered with other local nonprofits to establish an online Adirondack Gives crowdfunding effort. The Wanakena Footbridge campaign can be found on the Adirondack Gives website. » Continue Reading.
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