Ticonderoga The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance has a new director.
Chattie VanWert has been named to the post.
J. Justin Woods, who took the job last September, left the job because of a funding shortfall. Woods will officially be done Aug. 31, but is using vacation time until that date.
Jim Major, chairman of the alliance board, welcomed VanWert to the position.
The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance is a not-for-profit, local development corporation whose mission is to restore economic prosperity in the Ticonderoga region. It’s goal is to serve as a clearinghouse for ideas and resources and be a catalyst for public-private partnerships and investment opportunities.
“When I was invited to join the Ti-Alliance board of directors last spring, I was excited to become involved in an organization that could have a very positive impact on the local economy,” VanWert said. “I didn’t anticipate it would turn into my ideal job.
“Having been in business here since 1987, I am aware of many challenges the business community faces and I also know most of the business owners,” she added. “I have good working relationships with local organizations such as PRIDE, the chamber of commerce, TMSP (Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership), Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga School system, Ticonderoga town government and, of course, Inter-Lakes Health as a board member.”
Van Wert has 20 years of experience owning and operating small businesses in Ticonderoga. A graduate of St. John's Academy in Plattsburgh, she also holds an associate’s degree in data processing from SUNY-Canton and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from SUNY-Albany.
After a 15 year career in IT, she and her late husband, Jeff, operated several businesses in Ticonderoga. Their first business was the Ranchouse at Baldwin on the north end of Lake George, where they lived and raised their two sons, Ben and Gerrit. They then purchased Sunshine Laundry and Sunshine Corner Apartments in 1992. In 1994 they added a diaper service and in 2004, they added Sunshine Car Wash.