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Chamber plans move to Essex County

SARANAC LAKE - In an effort to further its mission, the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is reaching out to other agencies and making plans to move its office.

The chamber has partnered with the Essex County Visitors Bureau and the town of North Elba to increase visitor services in Saranac Lake.

"This partnership will enable the chamber to increase services to our members as well as offer a seamless visitor experience in our region," said SLACC executive director Sylvie Nelson. "It will also enable us to tap into Essex County Visitors Bureau's expertise."

Entailed in the discussion includes moving the chamber operations to the North Elba Town House, located at 132 River St. The two organizations will work in cooperation with the town of North Elba to convert the building into an information center. "This makes good use of a public building that traditionally has received limited usage," said North Elba supervisor Roby Politi. "This also shows a good cooperation between the two communities and organizations, and its long-term common goal is year-round services to the area's visitors."

As a result of SLACC's partnership with the visitors bureau, a new staff member will be added at the site, which will allow it to stay open to visitors on weekends. Nelson said the site would offer more space for storage and better parking for motorists.

"It's location is only a few blocks from our present location, making the downtown easily accessible to visitors," said Nelson. "It is located on the busiest highway in the Adirondack Park, with a DOT average of 14,000 cars daily."

The target date for opening at the new location is June 1.

"We are clearly moving forward with this project," remarked James McKenna, director of the Essex County Visitor's Bureau. "This is going to serve as a destination-wide Adirondack and Saranac Lake visitor center, which will benefit the entire region."

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