It soon became evident that it would take a full-time person to manage the project. In May 2012, the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce agreed to apply for an Americorps grant. If approved, the grant would help provide a full-time person to work on the project. In July, the grant was approved and a search began for a suitable individual to staff the position. As luck would have it, a recent graduate of Indian Lake Central School applied for the position. On October 1, 2012, the Americorps member began work full time on the project. As of this writing, there are more than 400 jobs posted on the website, with more being added every week.
The next step is to create educational opportunities. Teleworking jobs usually breakdown into two categories — those that require experience and education in a particular field, and those that present opportunities for entry-level positions. For the latter jobs, seminars in digital literacy and customer service are needed.
Teddy Roosevelt once said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
That is the underlying motivation behind the Adirondack Teleworks Project. We already have good libraries and many good business groups. How can we help them be more effective? By using information supplied by employers to create the necessary seminars, we will be more efficient. The plan requires that the classes be available through a network of libraries inside the Blue Line. Promotion of the classes will be through chambers of commerce, business alliances and economic development entities. Going forward, we will be meeting with town officials, business groups and library officials throughout the Adirondack Park to help coordinate these efforts.
One last thought — As we travel around the Adirondack Park, we meet many people, groups and committees working hard to improve their local economies. If we represent each of these groups as a musician, then certainly within the Blue Line we have many fine musicians. What we do not have is an orchestra! There is too much duplication of effort and not enough coordination between groups. Too many violins and not enough French horns! Adirondack Teleworks intends to help all of these hard-working groups work in harmony.
For more information on the Adirondack Teleworks Project, or if you would like to be added to our mailing list, contact Alyssa Cuthbert at Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce by calling 648-5112 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.