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Hamilton County Tourism Forum at Adirondack Museum

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE Hamilton County Department of Economic Development & Tourism and the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake, New York announce joint sponsorship of a tourism symposium to be held on Oct. 10.

The goal of the daylong program will be to generate an action plan to increase tourism in Hamilton County, N.Y. and the surrounding area, and to "grow" tourism-related businesses.

"Smart Actions for Real Growth" will be held in the Adirondack Museum's auditorium from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

There will be no charge to participate in the proceedings, but attendees will be asked to lunch on their own.

The symposium will include two panels - each composed of individuals who have extensive and appropriate Adirondack experience. Former Adirondack Park Agency Chairman Ross Whaley will serve as moderator.

Business owners from Hamilton County will make up the morning panel. They will describe successes, failures, what has worked, what has not, changes they contemplate, and challenges they face. They will be asked to illustrate the type of "outside" support that they think would benefit Hamilton County. Participants will include: Jonathan Lane, Charlie John's Store and Speculator Department store; Carol Young Inserra, Adirondack Hotel; Rachel Pohl, Raquette Lake Navigation; Tom O'Brien, Wakely Lodge and Golf Course; and George Swift, whose family operates Melody Lodge, Adirondack Mountain Grill, and Village Rentals.

In the afternoon, the focus will shift to the public sector. Panel members will present perspectives, challenges and plans, and offer specific ideas, directions, and suggestions in response to the morning presentation.

Participants will include: William Farber, Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors; J.R. Risley, President of the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages; Brian Towers, Chairman of the Hamilton County IDA; Paul Beyer, Smart Growth NY; and Ann Melious, Executive Director of the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council.

Glenn Pearsall will lead the summation of the day's proceedings and guide the formation of action plans going forward.

For additional information about the "Smart Actions for Real Growth" symposium, please call (518) 352-7311, ext. 108.

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