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5/8/2020   - North Country Leaders Join Advisory Board



Garry Douglas, President and CEO of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, and James McKenna, President and CEO of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) have been pleased to accept appointment to the NEW YORK FORWARD Reopening Advisory Board by Governor Andrew Cuomo. They join Dr. Ty Stone, President of Jefferson Community College, as members from the North Country region.

The statewide board has been created to help guide the re-opening and rebuilding strategy for New York State as it recovers from the COVID-19 public health emergency. The goal is to safely resume public and private sector industries through a region-based, industry-specific, and data-driven approach that allows people to get back to work without triggering widespread transmission of the virus, which could endanger lives and overwhelm the healthcare system.

"The North Country is the largest geographic region of New York State," notes McKenna. "Having Dr. Stone, Garry Douglas and myself on this Advisory Board guarantees that all areas and industries of our region will be represented, which will ensure our re-opening is following the protocols as identified by the Governor and in synergy with the entire state."

"I thank the Governor for the opportunity to participate in this important process," states Douglas, "and to be a part of the statewide team of advisors from various sectors and regions that the Governor has brought together."

Dr. Stone added, "I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on this board to plan for the reopening of our state."


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