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2018-19 Southern Adirondack Guide

4 Welcome to our North

4 Welcome to our North Country, and the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor You will notice that the businesses and organizations participating in our guide represent small businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs. They are the strength of our economy, they hold our communities together, they work tirelessly to give you the very best in services. Each town, village, hamlet in this guide is unique because of its history and natural characteristics, each has a story to tell you. While you’re here relax, kick back, and enjoy the people of the North Country. Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses 1. Local Character and Prosperity –In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage. 2. Community Well-Being –Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes. 3. Local Decision-Making –Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions. 4. Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy –Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community. 5. Job and Wages –Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do. 6. Entrepreneurship –Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class. 7. Public Benefits and Costs –Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls. 8. Environmental Sustainability –Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution. 9. Competition –A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. 10. Product Diversity –A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices. We encourage you to use our printed magazine, our electronic magazines and our downloadable app as a map to Adirondack experiences. Learn our history, explore our lakes, rivers, mountains and historic landmarks. Enjoy our activities and discover the many small towns along our back roads and country highways – their hidden treasures will delight you. Welcome to the North Country, We’re happy you’re here! Reach our advertisers at: — About The Corridor — Established in 1999 as a way to boost tourism, the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor was designed to highlight the attractions, events, outdoor activities and businesses along the railroad corridor between Saratoga Springs and North Creek. With a memorandum of understanding - the railway spans two counties, Saratoga and Warren, and follows the Hudson River north as it did when it ?rst opened as Thomas Durant’s Adirondack Railroad in 1871. There are currently two aspects of implementing the First Wilderness experience. First planners have to answer the question, “What can people do when they come here?” Then there is the physical side - the infrastructure - such as improving streetscapes, constructing train stations, or developing waterfront parks. The First Wilderness Heritage Corridor program is primarily managed by Wayne LaMothe, County Planner for the Warren County Planning Department. LaMothe approaches he First Wilderness Heritage Corridor project with one goal in mind: enhancing the economic opportunities by creating a corridor-wide tourism experience. “When it all comes down to it, it’s an economic development activity,” LaMothe said. “There’s no other reason for it. It is to enhance what the community has A) for itself and B) for the visitors that come here. Hopefully, it’s a quality experience and through word-of-mouth and promotions, other people will follow.” Yet, in order to be successful, the corridor needs to be promoted as a whole, and not on a town-by-town basis. “The way for this to work is each town has to complement each other and not compete,” LaMothe said. Promotion of the Corridor focuses on coordinating efforts that will showcase each town’s attributes and the Corridor to potential visitors. But it’s the “First Wilderness” experience that sets this region apart. It was the ?rst place where Americans realized that wilderness was going to be a distinguishing and permanent feature of their civilization. By the 1880s, more had been written about the Adirondacks than any other wilderness area in America. In 1892, the Adirondack Park was created as the largest protected wilderness area east of the Mississippi. Since then, the Park has challenged each generation to define the role of wilderness in our increasingly urbanized civilization. Today, there is a concerted effort to create a genuine Adirondack experience for the visitors to the corridor. The communities of the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor invite all to experience the wilderness way of life. For more information, visit us online at or find us on Facebook. • • •

5 Discover the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor For Sweet Summer Fun and New Adventures Take it to the River... Take it to the Hudson. Newcomb Our First Wilderness Heritage Corridor Communities Stay in touch with our First Wilderness Communities so that they may assist with your future visit. Then share your discovery with family, friends, neighbors, and business partners for a return trip. Town of Newcomb 518-582-3211 Town of Johnsburg 518-251-2421 Town of Horicon 518-494-3647 Town of Chester 518-494-2711 Town of Warrensburg 518-623-4561 Town of Thurman 518-623-9649 Town of Stony Creek 518-696-3575 Town of Hadley 518-623-4797 Town of Lake Luzerne 518-696-2711 Town of Corinth 518-654-9232 City of Saratoga Springs 518-587-3550 Reach our advertisers at: First Wilderness Information and Travel Resources Tel: 518-761-6409 Email: This advertisement was prepared with funding provided by the New York State Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund. Photo Credit: Greg Klingler • • •

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