Chamber, tourism center announce partnership

In January, the Tupper Lake, Malone, and Saranac Lake area chambers of commerce formed the Franklin County Chamber Alliance. Meanwhile business groups from Indian Lake, Ticonderoga, North Warren and Schroon Lake have also made strides to combine resources.

Rose-Hockert says such coalitions are necessary given the socio-economic challenges faced by rural communities in northern New York.

"We all need each other to survive," she said. "The more information sharing we have, the better off we all are. We're learning from each others failures and successes. We're all striving toward the same goal - that is, to keep each other in business."

The Whiteface organization was originally focused on promoting and marketing tourism in the Olympic region.

Rose-Hockert says the group changed its bylaws last year to include business as well.

"We did that because we wanted to support the entire region - all of the businesses, not just the tourism businesses," she said. "That ties into what a lot of the other chambers are doing. They're reaching out to all of their local businesses. By getting together, we're learning from each other."

Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas says the ultimate goal is to develop a united business and economic development community across Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton and northern Warren counties.

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