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Annual Progress Report 2019

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Continued to provide a strong and compelling strategic vision and framework for economic development success in the North Country.
  • Continued to actively assist Norsk Titanium in the successful evolution of its transformative Plattsburgh operation.
  • Collaborated with the County, Town and Development Corp. in plans for a first phase of redevelopment of the old Clinton County Airport site as a shovel ready industrial park, including securing $2 million in federal funds toward a $3 million project.
  • Actively assisted with evolving plans by ERS Investments for the current redevelopment of the former Pfizer site in Rouses Point as a major new industrial park.
  • Directly assisted with the major expansion by Wabtec/Vapor Stone Rail into a second production site in Plattsburgh.
  • Continued to serve as the Marketing & Development Agency for Plattsburgh International Airport, resulting in several leases.
  • Assisted with the launch of U.S. Customs aircraft clearance operations at Plattsburgh International Airport.
  • Assisted in the final implementation of 11 facility projects at the airport, funded through a $38 million grant from Governor Cuomo.
  • Actively collaborated with Clinton Community College in building the commitment of area employers to utilize the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing for training.
  • Provided continued support for the pursuit of productive new uses for the former Chateaugay Correctional Facility.
  • Continued to strongly assist Bombardier and Nova Bus in facilitating visits by key federal and state officials, and in support of maximizing contract opportunities.
  • Obtained enhanced state funding for the full blossoming of NAmTrans (North American Center of Excellence for Transportation Equipment) as a valuable source of support for our region's 54 Transportation Equipment & Aerospace companies. This included the launch of its website and other electronic media and the conduct of the first ever Quebec-New York Transportation Equipment & Aerospace Rendezvous in Plattsburgh. 
  • Produced a a multi-component agenda to enhance workforce recruitment and training services, known as North Country Works.
  • Obtained USDA funding for a valuable new Supervisory Training program for North Country employers.
  • Continued to assist with plans for future international sports competitions in the region, including the World University Games in 2023..
  • Continued an active collaboration with Franklin County on a variety of economic development matters.

 

QUEBEC-NEW YORK

  • Continued to maintain and deepen cross border relationships with our Quebec partners including the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal (CCMM), the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Quebec (FCCQ) and the Quebec Government, in the latter case successfully transitioning our working relationships from the former to current Quebec Government.
  • Continued to serve as an active and effective spokes-organization in the U.S. and Canada for the importance of U.S.-Canadian economic relations and in favor of approval of USMCA.
  • Obtained substantial state funding to maintain and enhance our many Quebec-New York programs and activities.
  • Hosted a first visit to the North Country by Nadine Girault, Quebec Minister for International Relations, and by Catherine Loubier, Quebec Delegate General in New York. Also participated in Quebec Premier Francois Legault's first visit to Washington, D.C.
  • Helped to organize and host a second highly successful International Trade Day in collaboration with the Canadian Consulate General in N.Y., U.S. Customs & Border Protection and the CCMM.
  • Continued to conduct our respected workshops for Quebec companies on how to succeed in the U.S. market, including hosting several visiting groups brought to Plattsburgh by the CCMM, and also conducting workshops in Quebec with the FCCQ. In addition, we conducted a number of one-on-one sessions for individual companies throughout the year.
  • We again participated actively in Aero Montreal's Aero Forum in April, and we spoke and exhibited at the Rendez-Vous Transport 2019 in Boucherville with our partners at the Quebec Ground Transportation Cluster. We also initiated a new working collaboration with Propulsion Quebec, dedicated to the promotion of electric transportation.
  • Continued to play the lead role in the North Country in monitoring performance at our border crossings and advocating in Washington and Ottawa for facilities, staffing and policies conducive to fluidity. We also continued to serve on U.S. CBP's Dwell Time Task Force.
  • We again hosted a visit to the Chamber by a group of Canadian Youth Ambassadors visiting the U.S. in collaboration with SUNY Plattsburgh.

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

  • Continuation of the North Country Chamber's unique role with regard to developing and utilizing relationships with key federal and state officials, as well as Canadian and Quebec leaders, allowing us to serve as an effective advocate for North Country business and the North Country economy.
  • Organized and conducted another successful North Country Day in Washington.
  • Continued to serve on the Executive Board of Unshackle Upstate, including success in blocking several potential actions in Albany with negative implications for North Country business, including the proposed major expansion of state Prevailing Wage mandates.
  • Conducted another successful Annual Issue Survey and Business Confidence Index, as well as another very successful State Legislative Breakfast.
  • Conducted the third annual State of the County, City and Town breakfast.
  • Arranged and hosted several visits by key state and federal officials including a third visit in three years by N.Y.S. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie; visits to Bombardier and Nova Bus by Michael Wojnar, the Governor's Deputy for Transportation, and by William Magnarelli, State Assembly Transportation Committee Chair; and visits/events with U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.
  • Organized and hosted a roundtable for North Country economic developers with Ryan Silva, Executive Director of the New York State Economic Development Council.
  • Actively assisted the Farm Bureau with strategy and messaging during the year.
  • Co-led the organization of the Business & Economic Development component of the annual Adirondack Day in Albany.
  • Participated in Unshackle Upstate Day in Albany, with meetings with top legislative leaders.
  • Successfully developed new state legislative relationships, particularly with the new State Senate majority.
  • Conducted a number of valuable workshops for the regional business community on compliance with new state mandates and employer regulations enacted in 2019.

ADIRONDACK COAST VISITORS BUREAU

  • Created and implemented another diverse, multi-faceted marketing and development plan for tourism in our area, under contract with Clinton County and I Love NY (New York State).
  • Successfully recruited and hosted five record setting Lake Champlain Bass Tournaments.
  • Continued a marketing effort in Canada on behalf of Franklin County under contract with ROOST.
  • Successfully maintained a strong level of Canadian visitation and spending, including heightened sales tax and occupancy tax receipts.

OTHER

  • Secured continued state funding for our popular and important Workplace Safety Training Program. Also conducted a successful Safety Expo.
  • Actively assisted Intrapac in securing new employment opportunities for their workers in sync with their closure announcement.
  • Continued to coordinate and grow our regional SCORE Chapter.
  • Conducted two very successful Job Fairs in Plattsburgh, and supported one in Malone.
  • Continued to serve actively on the North Country Regional Workforce Development Board, and to Chair the CV-TEC Advisory Board.
  • Continued to oversee our Human Resources Council with regular sharing sessions and programs for area human resource professionals.
  • Organized and conducted a number of small business workshops around our service region.
  • Conducted another successful edition of North Country Connect, our leadership development initiative.
  • Organized another successful Small Business Saturday as a regional business promotion for small businesses.
  • Continued to operate a highly important Health Insurance Program for the North Country's small employers and self-employed.
  • Conducted successful Chamber events throughout the year including the Annual Dinner, St. Patrick's, Ski Day, Business Expo, the Car Show, Golf Tournament, the Celebration of Women in Business, and Taste of the North Country, as well as monthly Business After Hours and a series of After Hours in Essex County.
  • Updated and maintained our various websites and social media outlets, and issued our monthly Chamber VISION newsletter and several periodic e-newsletters (Quebec-NY Corridor News, Plattsburgh International Airport News, NAmTrans News, Adirondack Coast and Chamber LOBBY).
  • Conducted a targeted Small Business Survey for insights into the needs and preferences of our small business members.

 

 

 

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