Promoting sustainable economic development that strengthens our communities, provides quality jobs, and preserves the unique natural, historical, and cultural characteristics of the region.
The vision of the Lake Champlain-Lake George Region is that of two small, central cities, with neighboring villages, hamlets, and suburbs. The communities are strong, vibrant centers, steeped in history, offering employment and services to residents. The region is in the Champlain-Hudson Corridor, one of the world’s richest international markets. Businesses participate in the growing and challenging world economy. The diversified land areas are characterized by the Adirondack High Peaks, and the many lakes, streams, and rivers. These unique features define vibrant four season tourist and agricultural industries that strengthens the economy and supports rural communities. Recreational opportunities and natural beauty abounds for both residents and visitors. Historic and environmental preservation is revered. Children learn in community schools that offer safe education at the cutting edge of technology. Challenging jobs offering a living, family wage await graduates. Economic and community growth is managed and planned, thereby preserving historic community centers while offering full employment to residents. It is an area where the quality of life, one of the most valuable assets, is revered by residents and envied by visitors.
Programs initiated and individual projects supported by the Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board must meet the objectives of the mission and vision statements. Priorities identify those areas of greatest need in the region, enhance the region’s competitive advantages, reflect the current resources, represent the best use of those resources, and will have positive economic ecological and social impacts.
Retaining/Expanding Existing Businesses
Building Community Capacity
Expanding Networks and Regional Cooperation
Encouraging Import Substitution
Developing Public Awareness
Promoting Workforce Development
Projects are evaluated based on the following criteria:
Need should be demonstrated by employment and unemployment numbers, low wages or similar measurement. Preference is given to sustainable development that matches the physical resources of the region. Identification of need should not be limited to human resources, but also include social and physical needs of the community.
Capacity includes the ability of the community to service the project. This includes provision of both the physical and social infrastructure. Projects must be of appropriate size and scale matched to the community. Where necessary, the Regional Planning Board will utilize resources to improve infrastructure to meet project demands (i.e., extend water, sewer, energy, and telecommunications).
Impact is measured in economic and environmental terms. Typical impact measures include jobs created, spin-off benefits, and other economic impact measures. Where necessary, economic impact measures will be prepared to document the positive advantages to a proposal. Negative impacts on the community and the environment will also be considered and mitigation measures applied where appropriate.
Project readiness is defined through local planning and zoning, infrastructure, permits and feasibility. Community planning and support must be demonstrated prior to the investment of Planning Board resources.
Project timing is important and projects will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Feasible projects will consistently be supported. Projects can be included into the CEDS at any time and the CEDS will be updated accordingly.