ANCA taps Hill for interim director

SARANAC LAKE - The Adirondack North Country Association has appointed Gregory Hill of Lake Clear, NY as interim executive director to replace Terry Martino, who is becoming the executive director at the Adirondack Park Agency. Hill has served as a Community Assistance Specialist at ANCA since 2006.

"ANCA is delighted and thankful to have Greg Hill assume this vital position to ensure the continuity of programs and services throughout the Adirondack North Country and a seamless transition in ANCA's operations," said Don Caldera, ANCA president.

Since 2006, Hill has assisted with the Adirondack Park Regional Assessment Project (APRAP), the Common Ground Alliance, and implementation of the Saranac Lake Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. With Martino's departure, he will assume board participation with CBN Connect and will engage in NYS DEC Steering Committee work on the Adirondack economy.

"He has worked directly with Martino on a wide range of programming which makes his appointment extremely valuable to our Board, staff and members," Caldera added. "He also brings over forty years of professional experience to ANCA's commitment to economically viable communities and an improved rural quality of life."

His responsibilities will also include fiscal and personnel management, public communications, fund development, and coordination on a wide range of public and private North Country initiatives, including implementation of ANCA's current Strategic Plan.

Hill's professional experience includes 22 years on the APA staff before retiring as the Assistant Director of Regulatory Programs there. Previously he directed the Hartwick College Environmental Studies Center and was the assistant director at the Cortland College Outdoor Education Center in Raquette Lake.

Early in his career he worked as a forester with the NYSDEC in Sherburne, N.Y. Prior to joining ANCA, he pursued a doctoral degree in geography from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He holds degrees from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Cornell University.

ANCA's Board of Directors has committed to a search for an Executive Director, said Caldera. Interested applicants can submit their resume by writing to ANCA at 67 Main Street Suite 201, Saranac Lake, N.Y. 12983.

ANCA is a 55-year-old nonprofit corporation that strengthens the economy and quality of life in the 14 counties of Northern New York. It does this through informed, open debate and advocacy on economic issues critical to the region, and through region-wide action on projects in agriculture, business and community development, forestry, human services, the arts and tourism. For more information visit www.adirondack.org.

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