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Regional Economic Development Council adopts vision statement

Public meeting Sept. 14 in Tupper Lake

— The North Country Regional Economic Development Council met Sept. 12 and conducted its third meeting, which was open to the public. The meeting at SUNY Potsdam was attended by Lt. Governor Robert Duffy and led by North Country Regional Economic Development Council co-chairs Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, and Anthony Collins, President of Clarkson University.

During the Sept. 12 session, the Council presented and adopted its vision statement, which is intended to guide the council’s long-term strategic planning process moving forward. The vision statement can be found on the North Country Regional Economic Development Council’s website at www.northcountryopenforbusiness.com. and is as follows:

“The North Country will lead the Economic Renaissance of New York State’s Small Cities and Rural Communities by:

-Energizing our micropolitan cities, building on growth in the aerospace, transit equipment, defense, biotech, and manufacturing industries

-Attracting and nurturing entrepreneurial pioneers to cultivate innovative clusters in our rural communities

-Mobilizing the creativity, capacity and graduates of our outstanding and collaborative places of higher education

-Catalyzing the highest per capita rate of small business start-ups in the state

-Elevating global recognition of the region as one of the special places on the planet to visit, live, work and study

-Activating tourism as a pathway to diversify our economies

-Propagating an agricultural revolution as we help feed the region and the world

-Creating the greenest energy economy in the state

Actualizing this vision will create family-sustaining jobs and build an inventive economy, capitalizing on our abundant natural capital – pristine waters, productive forests and agricultural lands; the rare splendor of the Adirondacks; and our dynamic international border.”

“The vision statement drafted for the North Country Region is bold, comprehensive and inclusive,” said Anthony Collins, Co-Chair of the Regional Council and Clarkson University President. “Taking action on the statement is a strong indication that the region can rapidly reach consensus views to drive our strategies, which bodes well for the future of the Council and the region.”

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