Common Ground Alliance Forum

June, 2020

LAKE PLACID NY — The 14th annual Adirondack Common Ground Alliance Forum will take place July 14 and 15, conducted in one-and-a-half to three-hour sessions via video conference each morning.

A one-hour closing session will also be hosted on Thursday, July 23 to report the Forum findings.

Registration is now open at, the new Common Ground Alliance (CGA) website.

This year’s theme, Attracting a New Generation of Residents to the Adirondacks, comes as people all over the world are learning they can work from basically anywhere, a news release said.

Which raises the worthwhile and timely question: Why not the Adirondacks?

Adirondack communities face a serious demographic challenge, specifically related to the attraction and retention of new, younger residents, the release said. This year’s forum will explore and work through the issue, with a special focus on community vitality.

"This year's virtual forum is designed to replicate the energy and camaraderie that happens when we meet in person. With a shorter overall time commitment and easy digital access, we're looking forward to engaging an even wider range of people from across the Adirondacks in discussions about reenergizing our communities," Cali Brooks, Adirondack Foundation President and CEO and CGA Core Team Member, said.

"In light of the immense issues our communities are facing in 2020, from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic shutdown to the racial justice movement happening throughout the world and in our own towns and villages, the CGA Forum holds particular significance this year," Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) Executive Director Kate Fish said.

"The Forum has always provided an exceptional opportunity to hear voices from all over the Adirondacks in order to identify shared goals for policy and action. Now, more than ever, we need these collaborative discussions to help shape a future for the region that is more welcoming, inclusive and resilient."

Read the full article in the Plattsburgh Press-Republican