Forward Together Initiative
LCLGRPB’s New Resiliency Initiative to Help Businesses
LCLGRPB is working to help businesses in Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, Warren, and Washington Counties to recover and become more resilient through their Forward Together Initiative. The two primary components of the initiative include the Business Retention & Expansion Program and the Economic Resiliency Plan.
LCLGRPB will be connecting with the region’s business community through the “Business Retention & Expansion Program” with an initial focus on understanding what current businesses found essential to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, how prepared they are for potential future economic disruptions, and to identify future opportunities. Our goal is that through direct communication with businesses we will better understand current and future needs, and our organization and our economic development partners will be positioned to support the business community with valuable resources and information.
The “Economic Resiliency Plan” is a complementary effort and focused on understanding the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the region’s economy, identifying forward looking strategies for the region’s businesses, and establishing how the region can seize on market opportunities that have emerged in the last year. While some of the long-lasting effects of the pandemic have been devastating, there have also been positive outcomes — for instance, the new spirit of collaboration across the region has been a silver lining of the past year.
To kick off our efforts, we launched a survey for businesses to better understand local challenges and needs. The Business Recovery, Resiliency & Opportunity Survey can be taken online here and will be live until May 1st.
These efforts are being funded through the CARES Act.
The LCLGRPB has assembled a 10-Member Working Group comprised of economic and workforce development organizations representing all five counties (Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, Warren, and Washington) to ensure local and regional needs are being addressed. Residents and businesses in the region will be given opportunities to participate throughout the planning process.
Please check back here for progress updates on the Forward Together initiative.
Recent Related Reports Prepared by Our Regional Partners
Adirondack Relocation Assessment Survey (ROOST & Warren County EDC)
Attracting New Residents: A Strategy for the Adirondack Park and its Communities (Northern Forest Center)
Advantage Adirondacks: Advancing Economic Opportunities Across the Adirondack Park (Adirondack Partnership)
2019 Canadian Traveler Habits and Opinions Survey (Adirondack Regional Tourism Council)
Adirondack Nonprofits in the Time of COVID-19 (Adirondack Foundation)
Meeting the Needs of Adirondack Communities: Challenges and Opportunities (Adirondack Foundation)
Leisure Travel Study: Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton County Region (ROOST)
Economic Impact of Visitors in New York 2019: Adirondack Focus (ROOST)
Washington County, NY: Economic Development Strategic Plan (Washington County)
Situation Report on COVID-19 and Recovery Needs (Warren County Partnership for Recovery)
2017 Workforce Survey (North County Regional Economic Development Council)