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Ticonderoga grant money a ‘huge gift’

Town, fort projects funded by state initiative

The Fort Ticonderoga Association has received $20,320 for a historic preservation planning report. The grant is part of the  state’s $785 million Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

The Fort Ticonderoga Association has received $20,320 for a historic preservation planning report. The grant is part of the state’s $785 million Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

— The stabilization and preservation of Fort Ticonderoga’s walls has been an ongoing project since it was built by the French in 1755. In particular, water infiltration and the winter freeze thaw cycle have caused damage to the walls. In recent years, sections of the walls have been successfully repaired using modern masonry and drainage techniques.

Fort Ticonderoga draws more than 70,000 visitors each year.

The state money will come to Ticonderoga and Fort Ticonderoga through the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, which received $103.2 million from the state Regional Economic Development Council.

The Hague grant will come through the Capital Region Regional Economic Development Council, which received $62.7 from the state council.

Of the state’s 10 councils, the North Country received the second largest amount of money for economic development.

The North Country Regional Council Strategic Plan provided a long-term road map to attract private investment, promote and facilitate connectivity between communities, and create a climate that will allow entrepreneurs to flourish. It put forth ways to achieve its vision by capitalizing on the region’s natural assets, talented labor pool and entrepreneurial population.

Proposed projects were designed to launch the region’s transformation by focusing on high-tech and traditional manufacturing, green energy production, agriculture, tourism, and arts and culture.

Andy Flynn contributed to this report.

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