Local businesses ask reps to designate Adirondack Park a special economic zone

NORTH CREEK - The Gore Mountain Regional Chamber of Commerce began circulating a draft letter to local businesses this week, asking state legislatures to designate the Adirondack Park as a special economic zone.

At this time, the governor and legislature are reviewing proposals for economic development programs to replace the NYS Empire Zones Program, which may expire in June 2010. The program offers tax incentives to businesses that are located in specified empire zone areas and are making investments that lead to the creation of jobs.

The Adirondack Common Ground Alliance is proposing that the Adirondack Park be designated an Excelsior Zone to support businesses located within the park.

The letter requests support from lawmakers to create an economic development zone and joins forces with the Adirondack Common Ground Alliance. Aside from the economic zone delineation, the Common Ground Alliance recommends providing necessary gap financing for development projects within the Adirondack Park and providing financing needed to improve infrastructure within the Adirondack Park.

The Common Ground Alliance is a forum for public and private collaboration. They work to recognize the common good of the communities, residents and resources of the Adirondack Park rather than specific organizational, institutional, or individual agendas.

"We wanted to express our support for what the Common Ground Alliance is trying to do," said chamber president Dave Bulmer.

The local chamber acknowledges the special economic needs of the businesses and developers in the Adirondack Park and hope to see an economic development plan to address these needs.

Many businesses within Johnsburg and the surrounding areas benefit from the tax incentives of the NYS Empire Zones Program. The chamber recognizes that businesses within the Adirondack Park have issues and needs that are specific to this area and want to ensure that these businesses are not left behind just because they are located inside the blue line.

"Downstate legislatures often forget about the Adirondack Park," said Bulmer. "We are not just a park and we need to make it evident that there are opportunities for development."

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