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Alliance meeting showcases local projects

Chairman optimistic about Ti’s future

Shana Macey of Bridge Point Communication shows a Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance working group the extent of the fiber optic broadband pipeline for Ticonderoga.  Listening to Macey are Donna Wotton, Alex Levitch, Seddon Beaty and Susan Rathbun.

Shana Macey of Bridge Point Communication shows a Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance working group the extent of the fiber optic broadband pipeline for Ticonderoga. Listening to Macey are Donna Wotton, Alex Levitch, Seddon Beaty and Susan Rathbun.

— Major praised Van Wert, who took over the alliance’s daily operations when CEO J. Justin Woods left because of a fund shortfall last summer.

“ Since Chattie Van Wert came on board in August, there has been a strong renewal of commitment, focus and energy that is translating to significant momentum,” Major said. “It’s happening. All of the important players are at the table — health care, education, local investors, businesses, industry, the town of Ti, Essex County IDA and SBA, PRIDE, the chamber, Fort Ti and private citizens who are really passionate about this area. Everyone is working together and they are all very excited.”

The alliance is creating a number of task forces with representation from various groups that will focus on “high-impact” projects, Van Wert said. The projects will be designed to bring new businesses, jobs, education options and tourism to Ti and the surrounding area.

“This isn’t just about Ticonderoga,” Van Wert said. “Projects will extend to Hague, Crown Point, Putnam and beyond. We want to be an economic and cultural hub of the Adirondacks and we’re bringing people together who can make it happen.”

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.

It is comprised of private donors, business and industry partners, town and county government, leaders of civic organizations, and citizens who support the goals described in the town master plan. The goals include strengthening and growing the local economy and business base as well as expanding Ticonderoga as a hub for tourism, arts and culture.

Interested people can contact Van Wert at chattievw@ticonderoga-alliance.com. or stop by the office at 111 Montcalm St.

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