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ANCA selects new executive director

SARANAC LAKE - The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has appointed Kate Fish of Lake Placid, NY, as its new Executive Director.

Fish replaces Terry Martino, who served in that capacity for nearly two decades before becoming Executive Director at the Adirondack Park Agency in August. Greg Hill, ANCA's Interim Executive Director, will return to assisting grassroots-based, community planning and outreach initiatives for ANCA on a regional basis.

"ANCA is delighted and thankful to have Kate Fish assume this crucial position, helping to proactively address local issues, regional concerns, and emerging opportunities in the Adirondack North Country region of New York," said Donald Caldera, ANCA President.

"Kate brings a wealth of international and local experience to ANCA and we look forward to her leading the organization," Caldera added. "While transitioning operations, she also will maintain continuity of ANCA programs and services familiar to businesses, organizations, government officials, and citizens throughout our fourteen-county region,"

ANCA's leadership, coordination, and support endeavors in areas such as Scenic Byway corridor planning and marketing, tourism and art and craft industrial development, natural grazing and direct to consumer agriculture, and wood products marketing have been hallmarks of the ANCA "brand" for nearly a decade. The recently completed Adirondack Park Regional Assessment Project is an additional endeavor in which ANCA was a major participant in partnership with the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages.

Fish has worked extensively with Adirondack North Country stakeholders since returning to the Adirondacks in 2007. Her family started coming to the region in the 1930s.

Upon relocating to the Adirondack North Country, she started an independent sustainability consultancy, building upon her U.S. corporate and international not-for-profit leadership roles. Most recently she has worked with, and involved people and organizations from across all sectors of the region. Her efforts in leading the development, coordination and implementation of major conferences at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, and follow-up planning to drive economic development through improved energy efficiency and support for renewable energy initiatives are significant.

As ANCA's Executive Director, Fish will be assuming management of the not-for-profit corporation that since 1954 has strengthened the vitality and quality of life in communities across all of northern New York.

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