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1/12/2021 - CHAMBER WELCOMES INITIATIVES IN PART TWO OF STATE OF THE STATE
NORTH COUNTRY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - - 1/12/21
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CHAMBER WELCOMES INITIATIVES IN PART TWO OF STATE OF THE STATE
The North Country Chamber of Commerce is welcoming initiatives announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo in the second of his State of the State addresses.
"We definitely welcome initiatives around broadband access and the acceleration of the revival of the arts," says Garry Douglas, Chamber President. "The pandemic has, once and for all, established that broadband access is no longer a convenience but a necessity for daily life, including tele-health, tele-learning and tele-commuting. While the state helped to make great progress in broadband extension across the North Country in recent years, we all know that there are remaining areas, especially in the Adirondacks, that still need broadband infrastructure. And we have learned that affordability is in fact an issue for lower income families and many seniors as well. The broadband infrastructure front will be challenging given public finances at this point, but in addition to continued state attention we have growing expectations for a major federal infrastructure bill later this year that will most certainly prioritize remaining needs for rural broadband. This is something we will remain very engaged in."
"Certainly the arts are also a special component of both the North Country economy and of our quality of life and they have been slammed like never before," notes Douglas. "The commitment to a public-private partnership to generate safe performances sooner rather than later is very positive. Together with the recent Congressional approval of grants for performance venues, we are hopefully seeing the start of a way forward that will stabilize and revitalize these special parts of our communities. Places like the Strand, the Seagle Music Colony, theaters like the Depot and Pendragon and so many other sites and performing organizations."