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Ticonderoga revitalization to be discussed

Speaker series planned in June

Community revitalization will be the focus of a series of talks in Ticonderoga. The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance and the town will host four speakers during June, all with messages about community renewal.

Community revitalization will be the focus of a series of talks in Ticonderoga. The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance and the town will host four speakers during June, all with messages about community renewal.

— Community revitalization will be the focus of a series of talks in Ticonderoga.

The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance and the town will host four speakers during June, all with messages about community renewal.

Talks will be held each Monday during the month at 7 p.m. at the Ticonderoga Community Building auditorium. The programs are free and open to the public.

“We thank all of the speakers for volunteering their time to participate in this speaker series,” said J. Justin Woods, president and CEO of the alliance. “As we work with the town and members of the community to build a brighter future in Ti, we look forward to using the programs as a framework for discussing creative responses to some of Ti’s challenges.”

Jamie Rogers, energy program coordinator for Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), will speak Monday, June 4. He will present information about energy efficiency programs for homeowners and businesses offered by New York Energy Research and Development Authority as well as small business/non-profit program support provided by ANCA.

Steve Engelhart, executive director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), is scheduled to speak June 11. He will present information about historic preservation, including opportunities to restore historic structures. He will also discuss the process to secure historic designations on the State and National Registers of Historic Places as an element of community development and revitalization.

Tim Fortune, artist and owner of Small Fortune Studios in Saranac Lake, will visit Ticonderoga June 18. Fortune has been a leader in the revitalization efforts in Saranac Lake. He will discuss the importance of using the arts as a catalyst for change and will explain how Saranac Lake has evolved to include galleries, music festivals, summer art walks and other activities involving the visual, literary and performing arts.

Cali Brooks, executive director of Adirondack Community Trust (ACT), will speak June 25. She will discuss the role of philanthropy in Ticonderoga’s revitalization. Founded in 1997, ACT is a tax exempt, public charity.

The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance is a not-for-profit, local development corporation whose mission is to restore economic prosperity in the Ticonderoga region by serving as a clearinghouse for ideas and resources. It hopes to be a catalyst for public-private partnerships and investment opportunities.

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