While many Adirondack residents look to their elected officials to create economic development and improve the quality of life in their hometowns, it’s great to see that North Creek is buzzing with projects from the ground up.
Grassroots organizations like the North Creek Business Alliance are galvanizing the business community and making a difference. During their weekly meetings, special guests give updates on matters important to residents.
Thanks to Joel Beaudin’s membership on the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation’s (AEDC) Board of Directors, the AEDC executive director — Jim Murphy — was in town last week asking the business community if there was interest in a 12-week Entrepreneurial Assistance Program course that would teach business basics and help entrepreneurs obtain low-interest loans. The overall feeling was, “Yes, we’d love it ... and it should be here in North Creek.” This is the kind of support small business owners need. And it’s not coming from the government.
While Steven Ovitt was a Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) forest ranger, he made the Thirteenth Lake to North Creek Trail System a special project, developing a 30-mile trail network for the North Creek region, for residents and visitors. This wasn’t a priority for the state; Ovitt and volunteers from the Siamese Ponds Trail Improvement Society made it happen. And now there’s a year-round trail system just waiting for the world to discover. And they are discovering it and coming to the region in the process. It will help tourism. It will help our economy.
We’re not saying that government doesn’t help our communities; we’re saying it doesn’t have the resources to solve all our problems. It’s only a piece of the problem-solving puzzle. It’s volunteers and business owners who fill in those gaps.
In fact, we need government. We need the town of Johnsburg to help with projects like the North Creek streetscape. We need the Adirondack Park Agency to approve projects like the Ski Bowl, Front Street and communications towers. We need the DEC to maintain our state-owned backcountry. And we need the Town Board and Planning Board to do what’s best for our community, looking out for residential and business interests.
Andy Flynn is the Assistant Managing Editor at Denton Publications. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org