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Village takes lead on Saranac Lake economic development

Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST)/Lake Placid CVB Executive Director Jim McKenna, left, and ROOST Board of Directors 2nd Vice Chairman Mike Beglin talk to members of the Saranac Lake Local Development Corporation Monday, Aug. 13.

Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST)/Lake Placid CVB Executive Director Jim McKenna, left, and ROOST Board of Directors 2nd Vice Chairman Mike Beglin talk to members of the Saranac Lake Local Development Corporation Monday, Aug. 13. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The LDC is managed by a board of directors, including the mayor, trustees and community members. But Village Board members would like to see more input from the community.

“We need to bring on more local leaders, people who want to get things done,” Van Cott said.

Evans said he I thinks there’s definitely some duplication in economic development and tourism services in the village. He also outlined a few important aspects of community development facilitated by his office.

“From the community development standpoint, I think it shouldn’t be underestimated how important the village’s role is in providing infrastructure improvements to the community,” Evans said, adding that planning/zoning, establishing a “walkable” community, economic development partnerships and grant writing are also important jobs of the village.

LCD member Keith Wells said that accessibility for physically challenged people should be added to that list when thinking about infrastructure.

The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has undergone some major changes recently. The executive director — Sylvie Nelson — resigned in the spring, and board members held a public forum to discuss the Chamber’s future and the direction it should be taking. It is currently without an executive director.

“The Chamber is finding its way,” Stevens said. “We have a very engaged board. We’re meeting twice a month at this point and are bringing groups together. We have acknowledged a lot of our weaknesses in the past and focus on what we have best and what are strengths are.”

Stevens said the Chamber’s main strength is its member volume and the ability to get the word out through its membership, which is currently around 300. He also pointed to its new website as valuable part of membership.

Mayor Rabideau asked Stevens what his members are asking the chamber to do for them.

“They want assistance in promoting their business,” Stevens said.

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