St. Lawrence County’s golf courses, cycling, wineries and more draw tourists

Brooke E. Rouse, director of St. Lawrence County’s Chamber of Commerce, and Joseph R. Goliber, visitor center manager, pose with copies of the agency’s visitor’s guide and angler’s guide at their Canton office. Photo by Susan Mende, Watertown Daily Times.

Brooke E. Rouse, director of St. Lawrence County’s Chamber of Commerce, and Joseph R. Goliber, visitor center manager, pose with copies of the agency’s visitor’s guide and angler’s guide at their Canton office. Photo by Susan Mende, Watertown Daily Times.

Boxes filled with 3,000 copies of the 47-page St. Lawrence County Chamber’s Visitor Guide headed across the border Wednesday for the Ottawa and Kingston areas to showcase golf, cycling, fishing and other recreational opportunities that continue to attract people to the rural north country. [Read more…]

June 2015 20 Questions: Robert J. Giordano Jr., Bassmaster Elite Series

Leveraging natural resources

Photos by Jason Hunter, NNY Business.

Photos by Jason Hunter, NNY Business.

Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Waddington, St. Lawrence River

Robert J. Giordano Jr. is retired, technically. But anyone who knows him knows that not entirely true. His attention is deeply devoted to two passion: community and fishing. Mr. Giordano is a board member of FISHCAP and the New York State Fish Advisory Board, a fisherman himself and the event coordinator for the Bassmaster Elite series. He is also the president of Wounded Warrior Outdoor Adventures. This month, he sat down to give us the details of the upcoming Bassmaster Elite series and discuss its impact on veterans, children and the north country community. [Read more…]

Higher ed, tourism important drivers for St. Lawrence Co.

Daniel N. Valyou, facility manager for a blade test facility at Clarkson University, talks about how wind turbine blades are stress tested at Clarkson’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing  in August. Jason Hunter/ NNY Business

Daniel N. Valyou, facility manager for a blade test facility at Clarkson University, talks about how wind turbine blades are stress tested at Clarkson’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing
in August. Jason Hunter/ NNY Business

With five colleges and universities and more than 200 rivers and streams, growth in St. Lawrence County is in some ways about finding a way to market these assets.

Patrick J. Kelly, St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency CEO, said installing adequate broadband infrastructure is a key to economic development. Slic Network Solutions Inc. secured $33 million in federal stimulus money in 2010 to install 660 miles of fiber-optic cable in St. Lawrence County and 136 miles in Franklin County. In August, DANC received $250,000 from Empire State Development to install six miles of fiber optic cable in Canton and Rensselaer Falls, which will connect to a system that Slic operates there.

“One of the most important things is the development of broadband,” Clarkson University President Tony Collins said, noting broadband’s role in business development since so much can now be done remotely. “We’re reaching the point where it’s not the hindrance to development that it was even two years ago. It makes us more reliable and that’s a huge advantage.”

In addition to redevelopment efforts at industrial sites like the former General Motors powertrain plant in Massena and Star Lake’s former Jones & Laughlin Steel Co., Mr. Kelly said identifying potential relationships between higher education and economic development is significant to the county’s future development strategy. [Read more…]

Angling for prosperity: SLC’s FISHCAP program aims to strengthen economy

Let’s Go Fishin’ Charter Service owner Ed Reyes, Massena, holds a pair of walleyes. Mr. Reyes is a member of St. Lawrence County’s FISHCAP’s Advisory Board. Melanie Kimbler-Lago/ NNY Business

In St. Lawrence County, an innovative partnership is working to make the angling world fall hook, line and sinker for north country fishing. [Read more…]

A world of possibilities to explore

For those who work in the north country’s $456m tourism industry, nature blessed region with plenty to market, attract visitors [Read more…]