Posts Tagged ‘Common Ground Alliance’

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Common Ground Alliance holds 2021 forum wrap-up session Sept. 8

Common Ground Alliance Forum screenshot

The Adirondack Common Ground Alliance is holding the final session of its 2021 Annual Forum on Wednesday, September 8 from 9-10a via Zoom webinar. This session is open to all, regardless of whether you attended this year’s forum. During the hour, we’ll cover the following agenda:

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Common Ground Alliance Forum Registration Now Open

Vibrant communities are essential to the economic, social, and cultural health of the Adirondacks.

At this year’s Common Ground Alliance Forum, we will explore how to increase the vibrancy of our communities. Done right, this will help maintain our existing population and – hopefully – attract new residents to these mountains we call home.

The event will take place over Zoom on Wednesday, July 21 over a split day.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Common Ground Alliance Invites Public to Attend Virtual Winter Meeting

School enrollment map from Northern Forest Center reportRegistration for the Thursday, March 25 event is free and open to all

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) and the Northern Forest Center invites community members to join their winter meeting on Thursday, March 25 at 12:30 p.m. The free virtual event will update the community on progress since the 2020 CGA Annual Forum and present the Strategy for Attracting New Residents to the Adirondacks.

Advance registration is required for the one-hour event, which will be held on Zoom Webinar.

You can view the agenda here.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Northern Forest Center forms strategy for attracting new residents

School enrollment mapLike other parts of the Northern Forest, many Adirondack communities struggle to maintain strong schools, a robust workforce, and vital civic institutions. The challenges these communities face are economic and demographic, but the solution is simple: to attract and retain more young people to live in these communities.

In February 2021, the Center released Attracting New Residents to the Adirondacks: A Strategy for the Adirondack Park and its CommunitiesDownload the full strategy. 

Download the executive summary.

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Common Ground Alliance releases 2020 Blueprint for the Blue Line

Adirondack leaders submit annual legislative priorities

Following its 13th annual summer forum, the Common Ground Alliance released its 2020 Blueprint for the Blue Line, a set of suggested legislative priorities for the Adirondacks.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Common Ground Alliance Forum to take place remotely

Adirondack Common Ground Alliance Forum group photo 2016The theme for the 2020 Common Ground Alliance Forum will be Attracting a New Generation of Residents to the Adirondacks. We have selected this theme because we realize that – with aging populations – Adirondack communities face a serious demographic challenge, and we have heard time and again that community vitality is a common-ground issue that we need to be proactive to address.  We are pleased to be working with the Northern Forest Center who will help us guide this year’s discussions. The Center plans to utilize the results of the forum to shape a strategy for communities to position themselves for future population stability and growth.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Common Ground Alliance Seeks Input on 2019 Forum

2018 CGA Group PhotoThe public has been invited to complete a survey that will help inform discussions and policies that impact the Adirondack Park.

The Adirondack Common Ground Alliance (CGA) wants to hear from people who live here year-round, part-time or are frequent visitors about issues that affect Adirondack communities, as well as forests and waterways. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 8, 2018

2018 Adirondack Common Ground Forum July 19th

2016 CGA Forum attendeesThe 12th annual Common Ground Alliance (CGA) has been set for Thursday, July 19, from 8:30 am to 3 pm at the Lake Placid Golf Club House. Community leaders, business owners and residents are invited to participate in action-oriented conversations about a variety regional issues, focusing on informed policy and lasting impact for Adirondack communities.

Topics for this year’s forum range from promoting electric vehicle use and developing charging stations to workforce issues to managing burgeoning tourism impact in the High Peaks. Community stakeholders from all over the Adirondacks will come together to seek common ground on these and other regional issues in order to coordinate their efforts for collective action. » Continue Reading.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Common Ground Alliance Meeting Planned In Old Forge

Adirondack Common Ground Alliance Forum group photo 2016The annual Common Ground Alliance Forum will be held on Tuesday, July 11, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, at View in Old Forge. Topics for this year’s event range from attracting young people to the region to combating invasive species, and were selected based on survey responses from nearly 300 community leaders, business owners, government officials and Adirondack residents.

Community stakeholders from all over the Adirondacks are expected to come together to coordinate their efforts for collective action. » Continue Reading.


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. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Common Ground Forum Set for July 15th

Common Ground Alliance 2014Community 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.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Common Ground Alliance Issues Updated ‘Blueprint’

Common Ground Alliance Adirondacks 2014Organizers of the Adirondack Common Ground Alliance (CGA) have released an updated Blueprint for the Blue Line, a set of legislative priorities for the Adirondack Park for 2015 and beyond.

For the last seven years, CGA has brought together a diverse collection of stakeholders to foster a dialogue and seek collaborative solutions for complex problems Adirondack communities face. The updated Blueprint, crafted using feedback from a legislative poll of CGA participants, calls for increased infrastructure funding and restoration of operational budgets for state agencies that serve the Adirondacks, as well as policy actions that support renewable energy, smart growth, and more. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Brian Houseal To Lead Adirondack Ecological Center

Brian-Houseal-208x300Brian Houseal, Executive Director of the Adirondack Council from 2002 to 2012, has been named Director of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Adirondack Ecological Center in Newcomb.

The appointment was announced Friday in an e-mail by Bruce C. Bongarten, SUNY-ESF’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Houseal’s appointment is expected to begin on January 2, 2014. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Adirondack Council’s Willie Janeway On His First 100 Days

Entering-Adirondack-ParkWhen I started as the Council’s executive director on May 1, friends in the Park said “welcome home.”  I had worked here for the Adirondack Mountain Club for close to 10 years after graduating from St. Lawrence University with a degree in Economics and Environmental studies back in 1985.

That led to work with The Nature Conservancy, the Hudson River Greenway Council and – for the past six years – as a Regional Director for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation in the Hudson Valley/Catskills region. I continued to visit the park when time allowed and kept myself current on park issues, hoping that someday I would get a chance to return to this special place. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Adirondack Futures: The Park’s Next 25 Years

What follows is a guest essay by Dave Mason and Jim Herman of Keene, leaders of the ADK Futures Project. Over the past year they have been conducting workshops, interviews, and discussion sessions with a variety of Adirondackers about what the future of the Adirondack Park should be. Dave and Jim are retired management consultants who ran a small consulting firm during the 80’s and 90’s that helped very large organizations create strategies for growth and success.

The ADK Futures Project was kicked off at the July 2011, Common Ground Alliance (CGA) annual event in Long Lake. A year later, after 120 interviews and 14 workshops involving 500+ people all over the Park and in NY City, the results were presented at the 2012 CGA event. It is a pro bono project, using scenario planning, a methodology from our consulting careers. We are not members of any of the usual ADK organizations but Keene, NY is our home. The initial goal of the effort was to broaden the conversation about the Park, involving more people and weaving together the full breath of issues facing the Park. But along the way surprising alignment emerged around a particular future vision for the area. » Continue Reading.