Wilmington tourism center, chamber join forces

"It's also important to have strong community chambers and associations who do what they do, focusing on the localized issues like marketing, tourism services, hosting local events and services," added Douglas.

Under the terms of the agreement, a working relationship between the NCCC and WRBTC will "enhance the availability and delivery of business support services in the Whiteface Region Business and Tourism Center and simultaneously promote economic development and excellence in the greater North Country region."

The NCCC now gives the WRBTC full access to its available health insurance plans, representation in regional economic development and government affairs endeavors and inclusion in the North Country Energy Alliance, which offers discounted rates on New York State Electric and Gas and National Grid, among other benefits.

"The information and services that are now available to us and our members is absolutely incredible," said Rose-Hockert.

The partnership with the WRBTC is the latest for the Plattsburgh chamber of commerce.

The first was with the Lake Placid-Essex County Visitors Bureau, now the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism. Since then, the chamber has signed agreements with chambers of commerce in Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, Ticonderoga, Schroon Lake, North Warren, Malone, Indian Lake and the Adirondacks Speculator Region.

"We are now one of the four largest business associations in the State of New York," said Douglas. "I think we have a nice family now that takes us to where we want to be in terms of bringing the business community together within that economic region."

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