North Country Trash Brings Energy Opportunities

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Jason Akins, Landfill Gas Technician, stands by a methane well at the Development Authority of the North Country’s landfill in Rodman pumps methane gas to the Landfill Gas to Energy Facility.

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Great American grocery store coming to Star Lake

This Adirondack hamlet won’t be without a full-scale grocery store for much longer. [Read more…]

DANC analysis indicates that Potsdam village water is not being paid for

Already dealing with water and sewer lines that are between 45 and 65 years old, the village learned last week that it is losing money on nearly half the water it treats. [Read more…]

DANC launches regional program to restore blighted homes

Launched by the Development Authority of the North Country with $1 million in state funding, a new housing program will offer aid to rehabilitate old homes across Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. [Read more…]

Local experts discuss north country’s economic outlook at Chamber event

The Economic Forecast event featured a panel of five speakers discussing the economic trouble spots and assets in the north country.

The Economic Forecast event featured a panel of five speakers discussing the economic trouble spots and assets in the north country. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Trying to get a glimpse of the local economic future is more like staring into an opaque globe than a crystal ball, noted Donald C. Alexander, chief executive officer of Jefferson County Economic Development. [Read more…]

Town of Lowville chooses not to participate in joint GIS project

LOWVILLE — The Development Authority of the North Country plans to seek state funding for a joint Geographic Information System upgrade project on behalf of several area municipalities, but the town of Lowville won’t be one of them. [Read more…]

November 2015 20 Questions: James W. Wright, DANC

Regional solutions at work

Development Authority of the North Country executive director James W. “Jim” Wright talkes about the Authority’s 30-year history in his office at the Dulles State Office Building, Watertown. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Development Authority of the North Country executive director James W. “Jim” Wright talkes about the Authority’s 30-year history in his office at the Dulles State Office Building, Watertown. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

30 years later, DANC develops tools for success

A landfill hauler dumps trash at a regional solid waste management
facility. Workers install new fiber-optic cable for a high-speed telecommunications line. An entrepreneur acquires a loan to start a seasonal resort.

Those are but a few activities in Northern New York made possible by the Development Authority of the North Country, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. The authority has seen many growing pains since it was established in June 1985 by the state Legislature, finding numerous ways to contract with municipalities and residents across Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. On the occasion of 30 years of service, we sat down with DANC Executive Director James W. “Jim” Wright to learn more about his agency’s mission and its future. [Read more…]

November 2015: People on the Move

New finance coordinator at community foundation

jeican WEBMichele R. Jeican recently joined the staff of the Northern New York Community Foundation as finance coordinator.

Mrs. Jeican comes to the foundation from DOHL Development Corp., Watertown, a sister organization of Jefferson Rehabilitation Center. She was employed at DOHL for 25 years, most recently as chief operating officer. [Read more…]

Partnering to bridge digital divide

In 2000, the federal government began its push to “Bridge the Digital Divide” between metropolitan and rural areas to bring high-speed, reliable broadband telecommunications infrastructure to rural America. The problem, then as it is today, is that low population densities in rural areas do not provide sufficient return-on-investment for private carriers. Therefore, government, on the federal level through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the state level through Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s recently announced Connect New York Broadband Grants, has played a significant role in motivating private and public sector investment in broadband telecommunications infrastructure in rural areas like the north country.
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