North Country Economic Development Council Plan Awarded $103.2 Million
NAMED BEST PLAN AWARDEE
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North Country Economic Development Council Plan Awarded $103.2 Million
NAMED BEST PLAN AWARDEE
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Council also approves its Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Endorsement Standard and its Public Participation Plan
The North Country Regional Economic Development Council met today and conducted its third meeting, which was open to the public. The meeting at SUNY Potsdam was attended by Lt. Governor Robert Duffy and led by North Country Regional Economic Development Council co-chairs Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, and Anthony Collins, President of Clarkson University.
During today’s session, the Council presented and adopted its vision statement, which is intended to guide the council’s long-term strategic planning process moving forward. The vision statement can be found on the North Country Regional Economic Development Council’s website at www.northcountryopenforbusiness.com and is as follows:
“The North Country will lead the Economic Renaissance of New York State’s Small Cities and Rural Communities by:
Actualizing this vision will create family-sustaining jobs and build an inventive economy, capitalizing on our abundant natural capital – pristine waters, productive forests and agricultural lands; the rare splendor of the Adirondacks; and our dynamic international border.”
“The vision statement drafted for the North Country Region is bold, comprehensive and inclusive,” said Anthony Collins, Co-Chair of the Regional Council and Clarkson University President. “Taking action on the statement is a strong indication that the region can rapidly reach consensus views to drive our strategies, which bodes well for the future of the Council and the region.”
“The vision statement we are putting forward truly captures the great diversity of assets and opportunities of our unique region,” said Garry Douglas, Co-Chair of the Regional Council and President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. “It also represents an important piece of the multi-faceted economic development plan for the North Country, which is starting to come together through our working groups. With the work of all of our volunteers and the upcoming input we will be welcoming through our public forums and other means, I expect us to see an exciting strategy come together over the next several weeks.”
In addition, the council detailed and approved its public participation plan, which includes: public comment period during regular scheduled council meetings; a series of public forums; the use of the council’s website, www.northcountryopenforbusiness.com, to provide information to the public about the council, its members, meetings, its strategic plan, as well as surveys to seek public input; and the use of social media, among others. A Facebook page has been created, “North Country Open for Business”, to amplify the council’s message, to engage regional community stakeholders and encourage public participation in the development of strategies and initiatives to promote growth and economic development in the North Country.
The North Country Regional Economic Development Council will be holding three public forums around the region that get underway today. They are as follows: Monday, September 12, Plattsburgh; Wednesday, September 14, Tupper Lake; and Monday, September 19, Watertown. The Council’s goal is to integrate the public into the strategic planning process to design an economic development plan that reflects the local communities’ vision for job creation and economic opportunity. The Council encourages public participation and feedback through outreach, community meetings, forums, and online at www.northcountryopenforbusiness.com.
The Council also adopted its Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Endorsement Standard, which will serve as a guideline for the review and ranking of future applications. By developing these endorsement standards early in the regional council’s strategic planning process, applicants can take them into account when preparing applications.
The next regular scheduled North Country Regional Economic Development Council will be Friday, September 30 at SUNY Potsdam.
The North Country Regional Council, which is comprised of a diverse group of 30 area leaders from the private and public sectors, labor, chambers of commerce, higher education, and community-based organizations, is working to create a five year strategic plan for economic development in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.
Created by Governor Cuomo, the Regional Economic Development Councils represent a fundamental shift in the state’s approach to economic development—from a top-down development model to a community-based approach that emphasizes regions’ unique assets, harnesses local expertise, and empowers each region to set plans and priorities.
The North Country Regional Economic Development Council is one of ten regional councils across New York that will serve as a single point of contact for economic activity in the region. Through their strategic planning process, the Councils will identify and expedite priority projects that demonstrate the greatest potential for job growth. As part of the initiative, up to $1 billion in state resources will be accessible to eligible economic development projects through existing program grants and tax credits.
Each Regional Council will develop a plan for the development of their region, which will provide a regional vision for economic development, address critical issues and opportunities, and lay out an implementation roadmap for future growth. The state will work with the Regional Councils to align state resources and policies, eliminate unnecessary barriers to growth and prosperity, and streamline the delivery of government services and programs to help the Regional Councils carry out their plans for development.
Oil From Transformers Dumped to Access Copper
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking information from the public throughout the north country and central New York relating to the draining of up to 4,000 gallons of transformer oil and the theft of copper from transformers at the former Deferiet Paper Mill located in the Village of Deferiet, Jefferson County.
DEC is investigating the deliberate dumping of the “non-PCB” transformer oil which was done to facilitate the theft of copper. In addition to copper wire, three inch-wide solid copper “Buss Bar” in various lengths, and four inch-diameter conduit which contained three one-half-inch twisted strands of copper wire were stolen. The oil release is believed to have occurred between June 16 and 29, 2011.
Brookfield Renewable Power owns the two transformers that were damaged. After discovering the release, Brookfield notified DEC. Cleanup efforts and an investigation began June 30, including efforts to keep the oil out of the Black River.
The investigation is being conducted jointly by the New York State Conservation Police and State Police.
Anyone with information regarding this theft and spill is urged to contact DEC Division of Law Enforcement on its tip hotline at 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800-847-7332). Information pertaining to the sale of the large copper “Buss Bar” and copper wire would be extremely helpful. Brookfield Renewable Power has offered a $1,000 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in this crime. Callers may remain anonymous.
ECO Bartoszewski Recognized for Outstanding Efforts by NYS Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that ECO Steven Bartoszewski, located in Jefferson County, DEC Region 6, was awarded the New York State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Officer of the Year Award for spearheading a youth turkey hunt in the Watertown area during this past April’s youth turkey hunting weekend. At the New York State Chapter of the NWTF’s annual dinner on Saturday, January 8, 2011, in Waterloo, he was presented a plaque and wild turkey print and recognition that he embodies the spirit of an ECO who loves his work, is an accomplished turkey hunter himself, is a great organizer, gets involved with the local organized sportsmen’s groups and inspires youth.
ECO Bartoszewski developed an idea for having a youth turkey hunt and ran with it from conception to implementation. He worked with fellow officers, landowners, the Federated Sportsmen’s Clubs of Jefferson County and The Watertown Sportsmen’s Club and the youths themselves for what was an amazingly successful first turkey hunt for the kids involved. Regional Law Enforcement Captain Stephen Pierson said “Everyone involved in this event was impressed with Bartoszewski’s abilities and desire to promote youth turkey hunting. He has had a positive impact with the youths involved, other officers, hunters and the public.”
For the 2010 youth turkey hunt, Bartoszewski enlisted the assistance of three other conservation officers who also are proficient turkey hunters as mentors for the young hunters. Through a raffle organized by the Federation, eight young hunters were selected to participate. They were instructed in the appropriate rules and regulations and allowed to target practice during the weekend prior to the youth turkey hunt. The youngsters also were introduced to host farmers, who graciously allowed them to hunt on their property. The following weekend, four lucky young hunters took turkeys.
Bartoszewski continues to promote youth hunting events and is currently busy with planning this year’s activities. This spring’s youth turkey hunt is April 23 and 24, 2011.
Watch the video: “Turkey Hunting”
Trails Ready for Snowmobile Season
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that several upgrades have been completed on bridges and trails on state lands around Jefferson and Lewis counties in time for snowmobile season.
Many of these improvements provide essential linkages on primary and secondary snowmobile trail networks across the Tug Hill Plateau and through Lewis County.
“Completing such maintenance projects requires a range of DEC staff – including foresters, engineers and operations field crews – who all pitched in to make these improvements for the public,” Judy Drabicki, DEC Regional Director, said. “The quality of these structures is a clear reflection of the talent and abilities of our personnel. These new and upgraded bridges and trails are now open for the public – perfect timing with winter just days away.”
The projects completed in this past year are:
In November, operation crews completed a 20-foot long span of a 12-foot wide snowmobile bridge on the Gas Line Trail in Beartown State Forest in Croghan, Lewis County. This is part of the trail system maintained by the Missing Link Snowmobile Club, Inc. out of Carthage, NY. This bridge solves a significant water problem on Corridor trail C5, which is the only official east-west trail connection in northern part of Lewis County.
In August, work was completed on the Big Otter Lake Outlet Bridge – replacing a bridge that had been closed to the public seven years due to its poor condition. The bridge in Greig, Lewis County, restores a connection for Secondary Trail S77 and also provides a non-motorized connection for people walking or skiing from the Independence River Wild Forest to the Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness. This was a major project that involved the construction of two 40-foot spans and a connecting section. The stringers were brought to the site during the winter of 2009-10 with the much needed help of the Brantingham Snowmobile Club, Inc.
During July and October, a DEC Operations crew completed the replacement bridge on the Hessel Road in Winona State Forest, which is in Lorraine, Jefferson County. This project began in December 2009. This bridge project maintains the snowmobile trail connection on S55, in addition to a Public Forest Access Road and ATV trail system connection.
In September, a 3,200-foot re-route of a snowmobile trail onto Lesser Wilderness State Forest was designed and marked out. This re-route allowed for the re-establishment of Corridor Trail C4, which had been closed in this location. This trail is located in West Turin, Lewis County.
This spring, DEC operations staff completed finishing work in order to open the Fish Creek Bridge on the Croghan Tract Easement Lands. This bridge had been closed for five years due to unsafe condition. A new 58-foot steel span was installed that reopens the direct connection of Secondary Trail S87 to Corridor Trail C8, which is the major north-south snowmobile connection in the eastern Adirondacks. It also reopened the Croghan Main Haul Road to public motor vehicle use.
Director Drabicki said: “Our Forestry and Operations staff ensure the success of these projects by fostering partnerships and continuing relationships with clubs and municipalities throughout the region.”
For additional information about snowmobile trails on state and conservation easement lands in Jefferson and Lewis counties, please call supervising forester Fred Munk at the Region 6 – Lowville DEC office at 315-376-3521.