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Entries from December 13th, 2006

Adirondack Park Agency Under the Microscope

December 13th, 2006 · No Comments · Adirondack Life, News

The advent of citizen journalism and social media has changed the landscape for many organizations and businesses. The blogosphere is watching. The Adirondack Council just released a report critical of the Adirondack Park Agency’s enforcement policies. Anyone living in or near the “Blue Line” can tell you horror stories involving inconsistent application of “rules”.

Here are their 6 recommendations:

  1. ADD NEW ENFORCEMENT STAFF
  2. REVISE ENFORCEMENT LAWS AND REGULATIONS
  3. RESTORE STATE FUNDING FOR LOCAL PLANNING ASSISTANCE
  4. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHOULD CREATE AN ADIRONDACK PARK ENFORCEMENT TEAM
  5. APA COMMISSIONERS NEED TO MAKE ENFORCEMENT A TOP PRIORITY
  6. GIVE THE APA THE AUTHORITY TO COLLECT FEES AND FINES

Sounds reasonable, but I fear more taxes to support this and even more bloated New York State bureaucracy.

(via Jamestown Lawyer)

Update:

The Albany Times-Union weighs in with this editorial also calling for more “more manpower and other resources”. Although I agree that enforcement of rules should be timely, transparent, consistent, and reasonable, it should also be done by a credible agency. The APA is no longer that.

More Info:

Resort community rubber stamped by APA

The Adirondack Forest Preserve

Adirondack Council says APA enforcement needs more funding, staff

Spitzer Must Deal With Park Agency

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Adirondack Organizations 2.0, for free

December 7th, 2006 · No Comments · Destination Marketing

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted to the 2.0 category. For those that know me, my affection for all things free and effective is not a surprise. Since the inception of the concept, I’ve witnessed the growth of an idea into a truly effective tool which should be integrated in any organization’s marketing plan. Here in the Adirondacks, we have a plethora of “non-profits” and a whole slew of “barely-profitables”. When resources are scarce, Adirondack ingenuity must come into play. Today, I’m making Seth an honorary Adirondacker for providing this very succinct resource – Org2.0 – A Cheatsheet for Non-Profits. So easy, so obvious.

Update: Seth’s right on. Pretty much. First, I actually haven’t used Feedster.com or don’t remember. Anyway, a quick search on my favorite topic revealed a never-ending list of splogs. I wonder what’s powering that search? Most of my content “A-lists” are news or primary sources, my luck with blog tracking has been mixed. Technorati and Google are good, but does anyone have any other tools they like? Also, I haven’t really utilized Digg, especially since they branched out into other topic areas. One article, 4 diggs – opportunity or waste of time?

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