Martino: APRAP shows need for development

She pointed to similar trends in other geographically similar areas, such as the Tug Hill Plateau and the Northern Forest portions of New England.

Ultimately, said Martino, the APRAP highlights the need to merge economic growth with environmental protection and find creative ways to do business in a heavily protected setting.

"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.

Some of the major issues to tackle are how to adapt business and development strategies to the park's aging population while also making the area more attractive for youth and young families, Martino said, and reducing local tax burdens

Potential approaches Martino mentioned included expansion of entrepreneurship, gearing educational programs more toward regional economic opportunities, investing more in the maintenance of open space, encouraging more local food production, and improving infrastructure such as roads, broadband internet, and municipal water and sewer.

"These are opportunities which, I am pleased to say, the Adirondack Park Agency endorses," she said.

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