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Terry Martino, APA executive director, to visit North Creek

NORTH CREEK - Adirondack Park Agency executive director Terry Martino, accompanied by public relations director Keith McKeever, will make a personal public appearance in North Creek the evening of June 16 at Tannery Pond Community Center, 7 p.m. The program is sponsored by the North Creek Rotary Club and hosted by the Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce.

"This is a convenient opportunity for locals to meet Terry, who I consider a breath of fresh air within the APA," said North Creek Rotary member Edward Milner. "We need to know her better as a friend and advocate for responsible efforts to strengthen and grow our economy."

Martino and McKeever will arrive in North Creek at 4 p.m. and meet with local business owners and rotary and chamber members to explore the progress of both the Interconnect project and North Creek's Main Street.

Among the topics of conversation slated for Martino's evening presentation is her reaction to the findings of the Adirondack Park Regional Assessment Project (APRAP).

"For our region to truly benefit from the APRAP research, we need more focused effort on how to build and sustain park communities," said Martino. "The report clearly states 'The obvious need to merge long-term economic revitalization and environmental protection must occur soon for the towns and villages within the Adirondack Park. Bold new strategies and investment will be required to address the complex needs of communities within a protected landscape.'"

After 23 years of service with the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), Terry Martino was appointed Executive Director of the Adirondack Park Agency in July, 2009.

During her tenure with ANCA - a group dedicated to community development, environmental stewardship and consensus building - Martino was involved with various projects such as the Scenic Byways Program and organization of the Common Ground Alliance. She was deeply involved with the Alliance's "Blueprint for the Blue Line"' which did a detailed analysis of significant problem areas within the economy and ecology of the park.

The June 16 presentation is open to the public and free of charge. For more information, contact the Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce at 251-2612.

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