"Tourists will flock nine months out of the year as we invest in and promote our capital base of extraordinary natural, recreational and historical location," O'Neil-Teer said. "They'll also come in response to a burgeoning arts and artisans Main Street community, which we intend to build around the likes of a working replica of an 18th century French sawmill, the offer of cheap/sweat equity housing, studio and retail space and academic partnerships underpinning one or more Institutes of the Arts right here in Ticonderoga.
"Couple this tourist trade with the building of an entrepreneurial backbone to nurture and develop new businesses, aggressive outreach to more light industry, expansion of the regional box retailing trade, more housing affordable at all levels - and you have the plan," O'Neil-Teer said.
Mike Connery, former Ti supervisor and former Essex County Board of Supervisors chairman, is on board.
"We're sick and tired of planning, even sicker of fighting," said Connery. "We just want to get on with doing."
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