continued “I'm not a second-class citizen, and I shouldn't be treated like one because I live in the central Adirondacks,” Elkin said.
By insisting on an Adirondack Park workgroup, the council is trying to address that concern.
Farber leads the park subcommittee, and said the development council was already aware of and addressing park-specific issues, like tourism and wood products.
Instead of making the council more aware of the problems park economies face, the council has focused on park-specific projects, like a recreational plan to develop tourism opportunities in the park.
Hurdles to economic development in the park are also being reviewed. The Adirondack Park Agency has the same application for commercial projects whether they’re large or small, Farber said. A resort development may not have trouble with the forms, but a small craft business likely would, he said. Businesses need more specific options that consider the size of the proposed operation, Farber said.
The focus isn't on marketing when considering projects, Farber said. What the council and state are looking for is development that expands opportunities or creates new ones, he said. Local economic options strengthen each other, he said.