Common Ground Alliance Forum to be held virtually

June, 2020

LAKE PLACID — The 14th annual Adirondack Common Ground Alliance Forum will take place on 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 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. That raises the question: Why not the Adirondacks?

Adirondack communities face a serious demographic challenge, specifically related to the attraction and retention of new, younger residents. 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,” Cali Brooks, Adirondack Foundation president and CEO and CGA core team member, said in a press release. “With a shorter over all 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.”

“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,” said Adirondack North Country Association Executive Director Kate Fish. “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 Adirondack Daily Enterprise