Regional Advocacy

ANCA’s highly visible role as an advocate for the region has already generated significant investment through State programs and the private sector, particularly through our involvement with the Regional Economic Development Council program advanced by the State. ANCA’s innovative approach to collaborating, fostering partnerships, and getting things done efficiently and effectively helps make the region a leader in multiple areas and bodes well for future investments.

ANCA is the only organization in the region that spans the political and geographical lines of the Adirondack North Country.  ANCA plays a unique facilitator and convener role that brings communities and constituencies together for action on a broad scale. 

“Makerspaces help a community to think, imagine and collaboratively create the future we want.” - Clint LeClaire, River City Labs, Peoria, IL What is a makerspace? Makerspaces and hackerspaces have been the center of attention in business, political, and academic research circles in recent years. Makerspaces are widely defined as “community-operated physical places where people can meet and work on...
Timber Supply, Workforce, Infrastructure & Markets In November 2016, ANCA announced the release of its wood supply analysis report, Northern New York's Forests: Timber Supply, Workforce, Infrastructure & Markets . The report provides an in-depth analysis of the region's wood supply, supply chain infrastructure needs and opportunities, as well as recommendations for addressing them. For more more information, read the...
October 1, 2017 Whallonsburg Grange Essex, NY Bike the Barns is a fully supported recreational road cycling tour supporting the rich agricultural movement of the North Country. This one-day Champlain Valley farm-by-bike experience will feature farm tour stops staged along the route where you can personally connect with the local food revolution. The agritourism experience culminates with a finish line...
Across the Adirondack North Country, independent theaters faced a looming deadline: To make the necessary transition to digital projection, or face the possibility of closing their doors. Our small-town theaters are vital to keeping downtowns alive and serve an important role in ensuring strong, vibrant communities. ANCA and the Adirondack Film Society have been working to make sure our small...
July 11, 2017, Old Forge, NY : This leadership forum meets annually to work on a shared vision for the Adirondacks, finding solutions to our region’s current issues and charting a path forward. Read More
ANCA and the Inclusive Recreation Resource Center at SUNY Cortland (IRRC) recently released a guide to improving accessibility at destinations along three main tourism corridors in the North Country. Entitled "Improving Usability for All Visitors," this guide lays out 10 "tips" any establishment can use to improve its ability to provide inclusive and enjoyable experiences for visitors with disabilities. According...
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