Clarkson University look to bring professionals to Adirondacks

Chezum said that the Clarkson Adirondack Initiative is synergistic with the college's other programs seeking to advance career opportunities in the Adirondacks.

"It is in our interest for the park to be as vibrant as possible," she said. "We would like everyone to have the opportunity to engage in wireless entrepreneurship."

As of June 15, the initiative is opening many "work stations"- located in Blue Mountain Lake, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Long Lake - which will have free internet access available for anyone looking to conduct business or develop an enterprise.

"The brand has become tourism here," Gates said. "I think it is time for a new brand."

Gates said that many of the Adirondack Park Agency's policy decisions have also stymied business development.

Sherry Nemmers is a marketing agent, and although her employer is located in New York City, her work is accomplished at her home in Blue Mountain Lake.

"One can certainly do much of their work here in the park," Nemmers said. "I hope that people discovering this fact will raise the standard of living in the Adirondacks."

The initiative has scheduled a business summit to be held at Clarkson on Sept. 8. According to Gates, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli will be among the many notables on hand to address the issues of boosting the middle class and stemming the decline in quality of life for year-round Adirondack residents, Gates said.

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