June 2015 Cover Story: Tourism

Creating new tourism opportunities around natural resources

Kate Montgomery, Rome, won the grand prize in the 2014 Camping Photo Contest with her submission of a starry night at Keewaydin State Park outside Alexandria Bay. The contest, sponsored by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Department of Environmental Conservation, showcased New York’s scenic outdoors. Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation/Department of Environmental Conservation.

Kate Montgomery, Rome, won the grand prize in the 2014 Camping Photo Contest with her submission of a starry night at Keewaydin State Park outside Alexandria Bay. The contest, sponsored by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Department of Environmental Conservation, showcased New York’s scenic outdoors.
Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation/Department of Environmental Conservation.

Despite a falling Canadian dollar and a dip in cross-border visits to Northern New York, officials are working to market the region’s strengths, including its hundreds of miles of lakes and rivers and seemingly infinite number of outdoor recreation activities.

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June 2015: Real Estate Roundup

Realtors lobby for industry in D.C.

Columnist Lance Evans

Columnist Lance Evans

From May 11 to 16, the National Association of Realtors held its Realtor Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. The annual conference continues a tradition that goes back in the national association’s 100-plus-year history. [Read more…]

June 2015: Agri-Business

Manure lagoons: Fact or fiction?

Columnist Jay Matteson

Columnist Jay Matteson

With a strong dynamic agricultural industry based on livestock, one question always rises, how do farms manage the manure livestock produce? We are fortunate in Northern New York that we have a strong viable and successful agricultural industry that creates jobs and supports our schools and communities. About 200 dairy farms in Jefferson County provide more than 600 million pounds of milk a year to our dairy manufacturers, employ nearly 1,000 people and support our local schools and municipalities through the large amount of taxes they pay. [Read more…]

June 2015: Small Business Success

Business networking with Facebook

Columnist Jennifer McCluskey

Columnist Jennifer McCluskey

One of the benefits of running a business in the North Country is being able to build strong face-to-face networking connections with others living in your small town. I often attend business networking groups, chamber of commerce events, shows, and the like where business owners interact together to build both their businesses and the communities. After one of these groups approached me recently to create a presentation about networking with each other through Facebook, I realized that this is an area that may be lacking in our business community. How can these businesses who have formed strong relationships with each other in-person continue to build on their networking with social media? [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…]

June 2015: Business Briefcase

TOURISM

Grant funds attraction

National Grid and the Thousand Islands Inn this spring announced a $100,000 Main Street Revitalization Program incentive to offset construction costs associated with the inn’s renovation. [Read more…]

June 2015 Small Business Startup: North Country Tech

North Country Tech

Josh Fitzgerald, owner/operator, North Country Tech. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Josh Fitzgerald, owner/operator, North Country Tech. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

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June 2015 Business Scene

Carthage Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Dinner

Several past Carthage Citizens of the Year, pictured on this page with the year awarded, attended the dinner to honor Mrs. Rome. The chamber held its 2014 Citizen of the Year Dinner on April 28 at the Elks Lodge.


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June 2015 Real Estate: Top Transactions

Top 10 property sales by price recorded in the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office in April 2015:

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June 2015: Economically Speaking

Embrace change as an opportunity

Columnist Tracy Leonard

Columnist Tracy Leonard

There is nothing more constant than change. It is happening all around us, every day, all of the time. Yet, why do so many people fear change? When things take us out of our comfort zone, we may feel uncomfortable or have difficulty adjusting. Our options are to embrace it as an opportunity or to resist it out of fear. [Read more…]