Posts Tagged ‘Adirondack North Country Association’

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Clean Energy Funding Webinar set for Feb. 29

Two women stand next to an electric vehicle

Regional organizations aim to increase communities’ access to $25 million in State funds

Saranac Lake, NY-  Municipal leaders, staff and community members are invited to a free webinar designed to help communities benefit from $25 million in new funding now available through the New York Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Communities (CEC) Program. The CEC Program recognizes local clean energy leadership, provides match-free grants, helps reduce municipal energy use, lowers costs, and offers additional support for projects located in disadvantaged communities.

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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Quoting King: The Time is Always Right to Do What is Right

MLK photo

By Melanie Reding, Adirondack Diversity Initiative Associate Director

On Monday, January 15, people across the United States celebrated Martin Luther King (MLK) Day. Our social media channels were full of feel-good MLK Jr. quotes about love and light and doing the right things. Few posts and shares contained words from his Letter from a Birmingham Jail.

In that letter, the lines written are uncomfortable for most. It takes us — specifically the White us and religious us — to task. He calls us out on our silence, slow progress, and our inability to acknowledge the genocide, slavery and White Supremacy our nation’s institutions and systems were built on. That’s not what we want to experience and feel on a “holiday.” It’s not what we want to feel in the face of a world that seems more chaotic than calm.

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Monday, February 5, 2024

ANCA to host virtual events aimed at businesses in transition, Feb. 6, March 1

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Saranac Lake, NY —  In 2018, Saint Regis Canoe Outfitters owners Dave and Rivka Cilley reached out to the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (SLACC) about a new program designed to help North Country small businesses transition to the next generation of owners. Over the course of five years, ANCA’s Center of Businesses in Transition (CBIT), would help connect the Cilleys with the right buyer, as well as a team of local providers and technical services to support them through the transition process.

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Saturday, December 30, 2023

$25 million available through NYSERDA program

Interior of a highway garage

Saranac Lake, NY — In the eight years the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has coordinated the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Communities (CEC) program for the North Country, the regional nonprofit has helped over 100 municipalities access resources and grants for projects that reduce energy use and costs. Last week, New York State launched the CEC program’s latest round, which makes available over $25 million in match-free grant funding for clean energy projects statewide. ANCA aims to help more North Country communities benefit from the updated “Clean Energy Communities 3.0.”

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Wednesday, December 27, 2023

ANCA Center for Pandemic Response Supports Over 300 Businesses & Nonprofits

Owner of The Mustard Seed

As two-year business resilience program wraps up, ANCA looks forward

Saranac Lake, NY — When the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) launched its Center for Pandemic Response (ANCA CPR) in 2021, small businesses across the region faced unprecedented challenges recovering from the economic crisis delivered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the following two years, the innovative business resilience program would tap into ANCA’s regional networks and knowledge of the North Country business community to serve the urgent and long-term needs of over 300 local entrepreneurs and nonprofits.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Food Justice Summit proposals due by Jan. 15

2024 Food Justice Summit Announcement

The Adirondack Food System Network is pleased to announce the 6th annual Food Justice Summit. “Stronger Together” is the theme of the full-day conference, and with fifteen organizations now a part of the network, regional collaboration around this topic has never been stronger.

The Adirondack Food System Network is a coalition of multiple organizations working together as equal partners to better understand system-wide issues, identify gaps and develop realistic solutions to help strengthen and promote a more resilient food system. It includes representatives from production, consumption, distribution, processing, and food waste management for a comprehensive approach to problems facing our region.

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Saturday, December 16, 2023

Lake Placid Housing Co-op to Host Informational Meeting, Jan. 7

Lake Placid, NY — A housing cooperative, or “co-op,” is forming in North Elba, N.Y. on 100 acres of undeveloped land. The co-op seeks interested individuals to join the conversation about establishing a community at a free information session on Sunday, January 7 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Lake Placid Beach House, 31 Parkside Drive.

The co-op’s mission is to build and maintain a sustainable community on Averyville Road in Lake Placid, North Elba, N.Y. Its purpose is to provide safe, decent and attainable housing for residents of an estimated 20-40 households.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Lake Placid housing co-op aims to play role in housing solutions

cooperative housing flier

Dear Editor:

A housing cooperative (“co-op”) is forming in North Elba, NY on 100 acres of undeveloped land. The co-op seeks interested individuals to join the conversation about establishing a community. A free information session is being held Sunday, January 7 from 330-5 at the Lake Placid Beach House, 31 Parkside Drive. The co-op’s mission is to build and maintain a sustainable community on Averyville Road in Lake Placid, North Elba, New York. The purpose is to provide safe, decent and affordable housing for residents of an estimated 20-40 households.

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Saturday, October 28, 2023

ANCA: Rain or Shine with Bike the Barns

Women with beer

By Caitlin Bottcher, ANCA Events Coordinator

The spirit of adventure was palpable when adrenaline and enthusiasm collided amidst challenging weather conditions for ANCA’s annual Bike the Barns. On Saturday, October 7, 2023, over 100 bikers of various skill levels embraced the challenge, pedaling their way through torrential rain from farm stop to farm stop.

Their route took them to the Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum and Northern Orchard in Peru, N.Y. and Mace Chasm Farm and North Country Creamery in Keeseville — each offering a chance to experience the importance of small farms in our region’s history, culture and economy.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2023

ANCA’s 2023 Annual Meeting

ANCA Annual Meeting

Lowville, NY – What is belonging, and what does it feel like to belong? How do businesses and communities benefit from prioritizing belonging in their work? Why does the ANCA team think belonging is critical for the future strength of our region?

You are invited to join ANCA’s 2023 Annual Meeting: Building Belonging in the New Economy. Together, we will engage in an interactive conversation exploring concepts, practices, and everyday actions we can each use to create inclusive spaces in our region where people truly belong. Our goal is for all attendees to leave with actionable ideas to incorporate principles of belonging in their business, organization, and community. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 30, 2023

Small Business Reflections on Setbacks, Successes and Funding Partnerships

ribbon cutting with people in front of a building

by Danielle Delaini, ANCA Entrepreneurial Economy Program Director

ANCA’s Small Business Team’s focuses on the current and future needs of the entrepreneurs with whom we work. We experience and witness many emotions through the successes and disappointments of the people we serve.

Whether we’re helping owners transition their businesses to the next generation, or helping artisans reach wholesale markets with their products, or guiding businesses affected by COVID-19 and other economic challenges with resources to help them build resilience — it can all feel inconsequential in moments of disappointment.

My heart hurts when a business closes despite the support our organization and our partners provide. When a business transition has all the right ingredients for a successful transfer but just doesn’t come together, I feel deep empathy for the business owner who has worked so hard to reach that point only to have to start over. When a new vendor leaves our Adirondack Buyer Days trade show with new wholesaling experience and knowledge, but no new retailer clients, I feel their disappointment too.

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Saturday, May 27, 2023

ANCA Awarded $40K Lake Champlain Basin Artist-in-Residence Program Grant

Paul Smith’s College professor Dr. Curt Stager collects a core sample from Lake Champlain.

Saranac Lake, NY —  Visitors to Lake Champlain will soon be able to learn about the ecological and cultural diversity of the lake and its surrounding area through music and sound. The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has been awarded a $40,000 grant to support an interpretive music project that celebrates regional biodiversity and human diversity while engaging American and Canadian audiences in a shared artistic experience of the Champlain Basin.

The “Watershed Voices” project — a collaboration of regional partners including ANCA’s Adirondack Diversity Initiative and McClure Productions Inc. — was awarded the grant through the Lake Champlain Basin Artist-in-Residence Program and NEIWPCC, a regional commission that helps the states of the Northeast preserve and advance water quality.

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Saturday, May 6, 2023

Launching a North Country Clean Energy Hub; and bringing back a Clean Energy Conference

group wearing red shirts

By Craig Basford, ANCA Clean Energy Communications Coordinator

Earth Day is a time for new beginnings, a chance to start fresh and make positive changes in our relationship with the planet. 

New beginnings can feel risky or uncertain as we venture into new habits, technologies and experiences, but they also offer new and exciting opportunities to learn and grow.

Can you remember the feeling of moving into your first new home or apartment? Of starting a new job? You tried to play it cool, but inside, you were buzzing with excitement.

That’s how our team feels right now — because ANCA is embarking on our own new beginnings. This Earth Week, ANCA and our clean energy partners are celebrating the launch of the new North Country Clean Energy Hub. And we are so excited to share it with you!

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Sunday, April 30, 2023

Adirondack-area nonprofits welcome new council, board members

Welcome sign

Adirondack-area nonprofit organizations, including Adirondack Wild and the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), recently welcomed new council/board members. Those with Adirondack Wild were pleased to welcome Steve Englebright who will be joining the organization’s Advisory Council, and Adam Pearsall will be the newest addition to ANCA’s Board of Directors.

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Sunday, April 16, 2023

Donahue’s Livestock Farms Receives Small Farm Loan for New Butcher Shop

Katie and Brandon Donahue and their family will open a new butcher shop on Main Street in Malone, N.Y. where customers will be able to purchase farm-raised meats.

Saranac Lake, NY — The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and Foodshed Capital have announced that Donahue’s Livestock Farms in North Bangor, N.Y. is the second farm to receive a loan through their revolving loan fund for small-scale food producers. The zero-percent interest loan will help Donahue’s renovate and purchase equipment for a specialty butcher shop.

The new retail operation, Donahue’s Chop Shop, will provide farm-fresh beef, pork and lamb for local customers, including families who participate in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The renovation project at 255 West Main Street, in Malone, N.Y. will begin in Spring 2023.

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