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Regional map looks to market Upper Hudson

NORTH CREEK - A proposed area map of the Upper Hudson region is gaining support with local governments, as funding from numerous towns and two counties is beginning to stream in.

The map is the brain-child of former Warren County tourism staffer Pam Morin and is meant to promote the Hudson region stretching from Half Moon to Lake Tear of the Clouds - especially for this year's quadricentenial.

It would include information on certain businesses in each community as well as historical places and points of interest, she said.

A map already exists which promotes towns along the Hudson from New York City to Albany.

"Planning and marketing along the Hudson is very strong in the southern part of the state," Morin said. "Every town which sits along the Hudson will be represented."

Morin said the towns of Lake Luzerne, Lake George, Warrensburg, Chester and Hague have already donated $3,000 to the project for printing and production costs which are slated to begin this coming September. This past week, Johnsburg contributed $1,500 to the cause.

Numerous additional towns have pledged funds.

"This is not a chamber project. All the money collected goes to the map," North Warren Chamber of Commerce President Greg Beckler said. "The North Warren Chamber would simply act as home base."

The North Warren Chamber of Commerce has been championing the Upper Hudson regional map since its inception.

Morin said that no donations are being sought from private entities, but individual chambers of commerce would have to decide which businesses were represented on the map.

"There obviously isn't enough room for each and every business," she said. "That would be something the local chambers would have to decide."

This revelation has caused some concern among local officials.

"If Marsha's makes it and the Copperfield doesn't, I could see some tension arising over something like this," Johnsburg Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed said June 2.

The first edition is set to be released in early October and could be as many as 75,000 copies, Morin said.

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