This project is led by Hamilton County through the Adirondack Partnership. The Adirondack Community Housing Trust is serving as the project administrator. Hamilton County has selected a multi-disciplinary team led by Margaret Irwin from River Street Planning & Development from Troy, New York to assist with the planning and implementation.
Part of this initiative involves the identification of key implementation projects, both as a result of the Economic Development Strategy and through a direct nomination study. The focus of this component it to ensure that all important projects are considered. This process focuses on regional, multi-municipal or community revitalization and quality of life issues. Projects that are identified or monitored have the potential to receive technical assistance from the $150,000 Project Technical Assistance Fund by team members with research, planning, report preparation, and design, for example.A series of ranking criteria are being developed to evaluate the projects to be included in the strategy.
The Common Ground Alliance of the Adirondacks is composed of a diverse set of local leaders from the Adirondacks, including elected officials, private entrepreneurs, and representatives of education, economic development, health and environmental non-profit organizations who are dedicated to identifying solutions that benefit Adirondack communities, their economies and the environment.
Jim Herman and Dave Mason have led a scenario planning project about the future of the Adirondack Park in upstate New York under the auspices of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA). The work has proceeded to the point where there is a vision and strategy for the region and now they are beginning to work through various implementation efforts. Since the 2012 CGA Forum, they have prepared a document which summarizes the vision and strategy implied by the results of the workshop series. They have also been starting to track and coordination the various implementation efforts underway. For more information see http://adkfutures.org/
This project will take the work of the ADK Futures project as a starting point to develop much more detailed strategies for economic development in the region and test them against market data. The Adirondack futures project is being used as match for the New York State Department of State grant that is funding this strategy.
From offices in Troy and Utica, NY River Street provides public process and community planning services to communities of all sizes – from a Comprehensive Plan for the rural Village of Earlville (population under 500) to revitalization strategies for large cities like Hartford, Connecticut (population 1.2 million). River Street supports organizations and developers throughout the northeastern United States and provides mediation services nationwide. Services offered include public meeting planning and facilitation, focus groups, mediation, economic development and land use planning, zoning, historic preservation, market analysis and conservation planning. River Street provides assistance at all points in the planning process - from market assessment and impact analysis, through plan development and financing, to post-development evaluation and monitoring. The firm's philosophy of service is action-oriented, balancing community aspirations for scenic and natural resources conservation with sustainable economic growth through strategies that support vibrant communities and reflect local values and resources. Services offered by River Street Planning in the area of economic development planning include tourism development plans, economic development strategies, land management analysis and drafting downtown revitalization plans, and commercial and industrial feasibility studies. The firm's approach is typically asset-based, building on what is unique and successful in a community to establish priorities, identify development opportunities and stimulate new business formation.
River Street Planning specializes in facilitating public processes and identifying a consensus vision that can be shared and supported by diverse stakeholders. River Street's successful experience in numerous communities of all sizes has taught us that significant public participation and strong community partnerships are the critical ingredients for progressive planning and strategic action. River Street offers an effective, outcome-oriented approach to community planning that builds consensus and community capacity, strengthens local leadership and shapes community pride and vision -- vital ingredients for successful community action.
The firm's well-established economic development practice informs its perspective on community planning and enables us to identify successful implementation steps and projects that create work and wealth for local residents. The team's work has resulted in dozens of projects that are designed, built and operating successfully on the ground today. The firm's extensive experience with public and private funding sources and program administration enables us to provide clients with the necessary tools for successful implementation of important projects. Over the past ten years River Street has worked with clients to procure more than $150 million in financing for economic development projects, microenterprise programs, waterfront revitalization, industrial park development and marketing, public facilities projects, housing rehabilitation programs, historic preservation and affordable housing projects.
ConsultEcon, Inc. was founded in 1991 to provide services to clients in the areas of project and plan concept development, evaluation, and implementation in the fields of tourism development and visitor attractions. The staff of ConsultEcon has completed more than 800 projects including strategic business plans, market research reports, market and financial feasibility studies, operations analyses, master plans, and economic impact studies for existing and proposed tourism development projects. Based in Cambridge, MA the firm works nationally and internationally. During the past 20 years, ConsultEcon has completed a number of assignments in New York State and throughout the Adirondacks specifically.
The senior staff at ConsultEcon has many years of experience serving a wide range of clients. Their substantial knowledge of market, financial and operational issues of visitor attractions and tourism development projects nationally and internationally is the basis for our work. Their ongoing work and more than 3,000 project reference files provide a vast body of information from which to draw comparable experiences, operating factors, and to identify the approaches that are most effective. Our knowledge of the industry helps us to communicate effectively and efficiently with the client group, facility personnel, and allied professionals. More information about the firm can be found at: www.consultecon.com.
DCG Corplan Consulting LLC (DCG Corplan) is a national leader in strategic planning, economic development, corporate site selection, real estate development feasibility studies and market analyses, corporate planning, and distribution. DCG Corplan's principals have counseled nearly 25% of the Fortune 500 corporations, assisted with more than 2,600 location decisions, as well as hundreds of assignments for public development agencies in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. The firm provides strategic guidance to public agencies with practical business attraction/retention programs and implementation. Public sector clients include regional, state, county and municipalities who seek economic development and diversification in specific industrial, commercial, trade, and tourism activities, as well as development entities who seek assistance on positioning surplus or underutilized facilities into positive cash flows.
For private sector assignments, the firm is dedicated to helping corporations or private investors improve their bottom-line results and capitalize on growth opportunities through geographic repositioning of their capacity. Corporate clients include major industrial and service companies for whom DCG Corplan provides guidance on expansion, consolidation, or reconfiguration of administrative, marketing, production, research, and distribution facilities, including: headquarters and field offices, manufacturing plants, data centers, laboratories, telemarketing centers, and warehouses. The firm combines the talents of experienced professionals in the following five practice areas: Economic Development, Corporate Site Selection, Trade and Distribution, Real Estate Development, and Consultative Marketing. DCG Corplan Consulting LLC is headquartered in a modern, company-owned office facility in West Orange, NJ, and at a western regional office in Pleasanton, CA (suburban San Francisco).
Toole Design Group (TDG) has a national reputation in pedestrian and bicycle planning, research and facility design; rail-trail planning and design; transit accessibility; Safe Routes to School planning and design; transportation master planning; traffic calming; park and recreation development, and a variety of other related areas. The firm has an experienced team of over 40 professionals in the fields of planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture, public health, GIS mapping, and graphic design. They are proud of their sustainability in the workplace: Over 80% of the firm's staff bicycle, walk and use transit to get to work each day. TDG is a 100% Woman-Owned Business headquartered in Silver Spring, MD; with offices in Boston, MA, Madison, WI, and Seattle, WA.
TDG has an outstanding reputation for results-oriented planning. Their plans identify specific locations for improvements, set priorities for implementation, and provide initial cost estimates. More importantly, their planning process builds momentum among town and agency staff, elected officials, advocates and the general public to ensure projects and programs move forward immediately upon completion, and often even before the plan is completed. They have produced successful plans for communities throughout the Unities States ranging from large urban centers to small towns and rural areas. Toole Design has extensive experience working at the regional level helping identify gaps and barriers as well as coordinating with local, regional and state agencies, and non-profit partners to develop successful plans that work for the region as a whole.
At Toole Design Group, the philosophy is simple. They believe that bicycling and walking are fundamental forms of transportation that should be available to everyone, whether young or old, rich or poor. They also work with the understanding that proactive planning for walking and bicycling can be a key economic development strategy for a region. The firm's job is to help communities plan, build and retrofit their transportation and recreation systems so that bicycling and walking are safe, efficient, and healthy options and that they contribute to the economic health of a region.
M.J. Engineering and Land Surveying, P.C. (M.J.) is a multi-disciplinary engineering, planning and land surveying consulting firm with 33 years of experience. The firm provides public and private sector clients with a comprehensive range of professional services. MJ's team of planners, engineers, land surveyors, architects and LEED-accredited professionals provide sensible solutions to a wide range of clients.
MJ's broad engineering experience has been demonstrated on hundreds of successfully completed projects throughout the northeast from concept design through to construction. M.J. has been involved in numerous projects that are intended to enhance tourism and recreation in upstate New York. Each of these efforts also leads to improved infrastructure that is critical in spurring economic development. Some examples include the Troy Riverfront Park, Restoration of the Historic Champlain Canal in Halfmoon, the Five Rivers Educational Center in Delmar and Rehabilitation of Whitehall Harbor.
M.J. understands the unique needs and challenges facing upstate New York's small communities and also offers community planning services to assist communities and private clients across New York State with their immediate and long-term planning needs. MJ's director of planning has worked with several communities within the Adirondack Park and has working knowledge of the complexities of the Park. The firm's design and engineering expertise, coupled with the company's land use planning experience will serve to help communities identify opportunities and transition those opportunities into reality.
Adworkshop & Inphorm is an integrated digital marketing agency providing creative and strategic solutions for today's marketing challenges. Founded in 1977, Adworkshop was the first advertising agency in Lake Placid, and remains the largest full-service agency from the Capital District region of New York State north to the Canadian border. The agency is an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan), a NYS certified Women-owned Business Enterprise, as well as an established New York business located in the Adirondacks and within the North Country region for over three decades. The integrated capabilities of the agency allow it to stand out among larger agencies, while its intimate size gives it agility. Layered with talent from different backgrounds, wrapped with passion and experience for marketing, Adworkshop channels this energy to build successful brands. For over a decade, the agency has been a member of Alliance of Marketing Organizations (AMCA), an invitation-only network of marketing agencies with expertise in marketing communications, advertising and public relations. As an agency, Adworkshop's thirty employees live, breathe and work in the place they love. Adworkshop is community minded and participates in a number of recreational activities. Additionally, they service the Adirondack community in different ways whether assisting with school, arts, food pantry, or charitable organizations.
Their client base over the past three decades has been predominantly tourism, economic development and destination marketing, therefore across different campaigns, projects and co-op programs they have worked with many organizations and businesses in the community.
The company's connections into the communities throughout the Adirondack and North Country region run deep. Adworkshop boasts 35 years of marketing experience, serving a diverse group of clients including cities, towns, villages, and hamlets throughout the Adirondack and North Country regions. Their expertise is far-reaching and their clients range from tourism promotion agencies to chambers of commerce, town supervisors, convention and visitors bureaus, county tourism agencies, and attractions and lodging properties throughout the region. Currently Adworkshop works actively with the following organizations in the Adirondacks and North Country region.