Task force looks to boost Adirondack economy

Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward notes that developing economic strategies catered specifically to the Adirondacks is important, as the park is regulated in a different manner than the rest of the state.

She adds that the Adirondack Caucus will bring the recommendations issued by the Blue Line Strategy Task Force to a meeting with Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy later this month.

Sayward hopes Duffy will understand that in the Adirondacks, tourism is a matter of economic development.

"Because previously, most of the economic development money circulating in New York state is not as easy to tap into for tourism-types of projects - developing hotels, motels, restaurants - the sort of thing that's important to us in the North Country," she said. "And that's one of the things we're going to try to make sure is recognized - particularly here in the park where we depend so much on tourism."

LaValley says the task force is essentially finished with its work at this point.

"The group was assigned a job that had a term limit to it," he said. "We began late summer, early fall with the intent of getting a report to the legislature at the beginning of the new year. We're basically done, unless our lawmakers decided they need further information. The rest is up to them."

The Blue Line Strategy Task Force also included former APA Chairman John Collins, Wild Center Executive Director Stephanie Ratcliffe, and Jim McKenna of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism and the Lake Placid Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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