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Ti develops tourism plan

TICONDEROGA - Ticonderoga leaders have developed a plan they hope will attract tourists to the community.

The Ticonderoga Quality Destination Plan has been formed by a group of local volunteers and a professional consultant. It includes 11 actions designed to boost local business through tourism.

"This is really exciting," Ti Supervisor Bob Dedrick said. "We've been working with the Ticonderoga Main Street Partnership and that's going really well; now we have a second focus."

An informational meeting on the plan will be held Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. at the Ti Armory on Champlain Avenue.

The plan has been developed by representatives of the Ti town board, PRIDE, the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, Ti Historical Society, the Essex County Industrial Development Agency, Ticonderoga Central School, North Country Community College, the Ti Heritage Museum, the Ticonderoga Main Street Partnership, the Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau and local businesses.

Assisting was Egret Communications, a consulting firm hired through the county visitors bureau with grant money.

Ticonderoga was one of five Essex County communities to receive funding to develop a destination plan. The others are Schroon, Moriah, Wilmington and North Elba, which includes the village of Lake Placid.

"Through discussions with a diverse committee we developed actions we need to take and responsible parties to implement those actions," Dedrick said.

The supervisor noted Fort Ticonderoga attracts thousands of visitors to the community each year, but most of them are day visitors - many of whom never reach the hamlet.

"We feel downtown Ti can be a destination point that can compliment the fort as a destination point," he added. "We want to bring people from the fort into town and keep them here for a day or more. Lodgings, restaurants, all our businesses would be helped."

The plan calls for:

- creation of a steering council to continually review and update the destination plan;

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