September 2018

September, 2018

An African proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” In this issue of Strictly Business we introduce you to some of the organizations and people in our village who are working to raise and educate North Country children. CFES Brilliant Pathways, a non-profit created to level the educational playing field for children read more


Creating New Futures

September, 2018

Speaking from the CFES Brilliant Pathways center in Essex, NY, Rick Dalton, founder, CEO, and president of this innovative non- profit organization, described his vision. “Where a child starts shouldn’t dictate where they finish. There are an increasing number of children living in low-income households, especially in rural communities [According to recent U.S. Census data, read more


RAMP: Ready. Able. Marketable. Proven.

September, 2018

As the North Country experiences unprecedented growth in the industrial sector, and unemployment rates throughout the region, state, and country drop to historic lows, the workforce gap continues to increase. Help wanted signs flap in the wind at retail malls, restaurants and industrial parks, while the local workforce struggles to meet hiring demands. To fill read more


Ray DiPasquale

September, 2018

Occupation: President, Clinton Community College Hometown: Mount Morris, New York Family: Daughter, Megan Education: B.S. in Physical Education/Recreation from Arkansas Technical University, M.S. from Northeastern University (dual degree in Public Administration/Recreation and Parks Administration) Community involvement locally: Vision2Action, The Development Corporation board, the North Country Chamber of Commerce board. DiPasquale targeted his early career and read more


Caring For Generations

September, 2018

Which organization cares for over six hundred children at various locations across the three counties of Northern New York all the while keeping them active, stimulated, safe, well-nourished, and healthy year-round? The Plattsburgh YMCA, of course! This buzzing hive of child care and educational programming has been serving the North Country’s parents, grand- parents and read more


Rockin’ Robots

September, 2018

Stop by the 4-H space at the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum on New York Road in Plattsburgh, NY, where members of the Adirondack Engineers Club hang out and you will be amazed, impressed and surprised all at the same time. This rockin’ robotics club, made up of students from private and public schools as well read more


Angels With Back Packs

September, 2018

As the North Country transitions from summer on the lake to back to school, the Joint Council for Economic Opportunity and its Community Action Angels are putting their efforts to work for children across our area. “Good nutrition is just as important to a child as a quality education—maybe even more so,” said Tom Vilsak, read more


North Country Thrive

September, 2018

Trybendis grew up in Moriah, graduated from Clinton Community College with an Associate’s degree in Humanities and then earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Literacy from SUNY Plattsburgh. She spent eight years as a teacher and reading specialist in the Elizabethtown-Lewis School District and is completing her Ph.D. in curriculum read more


Tourism: A Strong Component of Our Economy

September, 2018

As a full-service chamber serving a multi-faceted regional economy, we are often seen involved in economic development projects, the airport, Quebec relations and the border, small business services, and government affairs advocacy. Not always as visible locally, however, are our constant and active marketing efforts on behalf of tourism conducted by the Adirondack Coast Visitors read more


Connecting the North Country to the World

August, 2018

There are a number of businesses tucked into the nooks and crannies of the North Country, particularly those serving the transportation industry. Our proximity to Canada and the North Country Chamber of Commerce that works tirelessly as an ambassador for the region are two reasons for the steady growth of transportation companies in the region. read more