As the impacts of the pandemic linger in our everyday lives, we are all looking to the future and wondering how we can come out of this better, stronger, and more resilient.
The pandemic illuminated the many underlying challenges that face our region for individuals, families, businesses, and our communities. But it also brought the people of the region together. Fiercely independent, self-reliant individuals came together to aid and assist those in need and identify new approaches to age-old rural issues: food access, healthcare, and digital connectivity. The region responded and collaborated, which is no more evident than in the pages of the LCLGPRB’s Forward Together Economic Resiliency Plan.
This plan is focused on understanding the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the region’s economy, identifying forward looking strategies for the region’s businesses, and establishing how the region can seize on market opportunities that have emerged from past 18 months.
With this plan as a framework, the LCLGRPB will work with its partners across the region to proactively and flexibly adapt to the ever-changing economic environment, and to support the residents and businesses that call our five-County region home.
The LCLGRPB has applied for a Phase 1 Build Back Better Regional Challenge grant to help bolster technology innovation in the forestry industry. The Coalition, named the Adirondack Advanced Wood Innovation Group, was born out of a partnership between the LCLGRPB, Adirondack Park Agency, 501CTHREE, and the EDC Warren County.
The LCLGRPB has already begun working with counties and stakeholders on developing a Regional Telecommunications Plan and Project Development Strategy by securing USDA funding for broadband planning and authoring a $20,000,000 broadband infrastructure deployment grant on behalf of the region.
The LCLGRPB is leading the preparation of a regional water and wastewater assessment and strategy to identify projects that serve existing needs and future projects needed to support economic growth in the region.
In October 2021, the LCLGRPB was awarded a $160,000 grant from the Northern Borders Regional Commission to perform an economic analysis of housing needs. A Regional Housing Committee has been created and will drive the work under this grant to develop and implement strategies to address the achievable housing issues within the region.
The LCLGRPB is currently pursuing funding for the creation of a Regional Main Street Revitalization Program, which will focus on new and existing business and entrepreneur vitality, streetscape improvements, and redevelopment of vacant commercial properties.
The LCLGRPB applied for the $1,000,000 Small Business Administration Community Navigator Program to increase the capacity of the region as we work to provide support to start-ups and existing businesses.
The LCLGRPB held two public meetings on the draft plan.