IT’S LIKE DÉJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN… ONLY DIFFERENT

September, 2021

AS WE ARE HOPEFULLY CONTINUING to move past the pandemic, the #1 challenge being confronted by employers is the availability of workforce. It’s not geographic as it is being experienced nationally and in Canada and Europe, and in rural, urban and suburban areas alike. It’s not sectoral as it is being experienced in manufacturing, retail, read more


PUBLISHER’S VIEW

August, 2021

It has been a difficult year and a half—one none of us wants to live through again. Now it is time to take stock of the short and long term impacts the pandemic has had on us, our families, our businesses, and our employees and chart a plan. Where do we go from here? To read more


FROM DISCOMFORT COMES OPPORTUNITY

August, 2021

The healthcare industry is currently facing unknown territory as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Richelle Gregory, Director of Community Services for Clinton County Mental Health and Addiction Services and Michelle LeBeau, President of the University of Vermont Health Network- Alice Hyde Medical Center and Champlain ValleyPhysicians Hospital (CVPH), recently discussed their vision for read more


EDUCATION TRANSFORMATION

August, 2021

NORTH COUNTRY SCHOOLS have just completed 18 months of remote learning for nearly 21,000 K-12 students in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin counties. Add nearly 10,000 college students to that number and you have over 30,000 young people needing an education when their schools were abruptly shut down in mid-March 2020. North Country students needed a read more


A CHANGING WORLD

August, 2021

When looking at the challenges facing area businesses, you can’t escape the intersection of a labor shortage and supply chain disruptions. It is hard to know where to turn, but North Country business owners are focused on moving forward. The reality is they are tired, concerned and uncertain, but steadfast in their appreciation for their read more


MICHELE M. FRIEDMAN

August, 2021

Occupation: Director of Career and Technical Education, CEWW BOCESHometown: Mechanicville, NYFamily: Two adult children; spouse Scott, two dogs Doc and Marty (‘Back to the Future’ reference intentional)Education: B.S. in Education (N-6 Elementary Education 7-9 Science 7-12 Earth Science), M.S. in Education: Curriculum and Instruction; both earned at SUNY PlattsburghCommunity Involvement: Board of Directors U-First Federal read more


OPEN FOR BUSINESS

August, 2021

THE STRAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS is a North Country treasure that, like other arts organizations, felt a dramatic impact from the pandemic. Tom McNichols, current president of the Strand’s Board of Directors, commented on its present situation stating, “The Strand is okay because of a lot of hard work behind the scenes. Going forward read more


RISK ANALYSIS MANAGEMENT HOPE IS NOT A PLAN

August, 2021

There was a time, not so long ago, if you were in business, you worried about things like theft, fires and increased regulations. In the world of 2021, the list of things to worry about is much longer. Cyber-attacks/ malware, electronic data breaches, espionage, ransomware, identity theft. And then there are active shooters, workplace violence, read more


ROADBLOCKS AND POTHOLES!

August, 2021

If the road through life was smooth, roadblocks and potholes would be unemployed. You could put yourself on cruise control, sit back and enjoy the ride. For a few of us, the road seems just that way, but for many, it has a few roadblocks and potholes that they need to maneuver around. For some read more


INFRASTRUCTURE IS NO LONGER YOUR DAD’S OLDSMOBILE

August, 2021

There was an era when infrastructure meant roads and bridges, and risk management was the purview of experts in insurance. Times have changed. More broadly, infrastructure is defined as “the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g., buildings, roads, power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise.” This definition often limits read more