North Country Community College proposal exciting

Ticonderoga Supervisor Deb Malaney said there have been discussions about including biomass energy resources in the curriculum. Biomass energy is the use of organic materials as a source of fuel. Wood is the main source of biomass energy.

Malaney believes Ticonderoga would have the potential to attract biomass energy firms through the NCCC applied technology center and the START-UP NY program.

“With this, the potential for additional incubator businesses would be very promising,” Malaney said. “We hope this will allow us to attract additional businesses in the biomass energy industry. We believe those companies will locate near an applied technology center specializing in biomass energy.”

Malaney said there have already been preliminary discussions with such a company about locating in Ticonderoga. She declined to name the firm.

“For me, this is the most exciting potential project that TRA has been involved with,” Major said.

Malaney, Major and other Ticonderoga representatives toured the Alfred facility this spring.

“TRA visited Alfred to learn about their very successful trade school program,” Major said. “We learned that they have about 800 students being taught all of the trades from carpentry to electrical engineering. Their students mostly come from the western portion of New York leaving a void of services for the eastern half of New York and surrounding states and Canada.”

It’s hoped an applied technology center in Ticonderoga can fill that void.

Tyrell believes the proposed Ticonderoga applied technology center is realistic.

“I’m optimistic this will come to fruition in Ticonderoga,” he said. “After we have the feasibility study we’ll look at the financials. Then the question is, is Ticonderoga the right place? I believe it is.”

Let’s hope Tyrell is right. The NCCC applied technology center could be the economic boost the area has been seeking for decades.

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