Publisher’s View

It’s been 30 years since we took a leap of faith and produced our first issue of Strictly Business. At the time, an acquaintance told me we would quickly run out of businesses to write about. He was wrong. After three decades we are still going strong thanks to the richness and diversity of our business community, our loyal readers and advertisers.

In this 30th anniversary issue, we give you a glimpse of our first SB and then we move on to five articles that take a serious look at the changes that have had the greatest impact on the North Country’s economy.

• The Closure of Plattsburgh Air Force Base

• Bombardier to the Rescue

• The Expansion of CVPH Medical Center

• The Champlain Border Crossing Upgrade

• The Growth in Area Manufacturing

Since advertising support has been so critical to our continued success, we also offer a look at three well known companies that were with us in the first issue of SB: Clinton Community College, 9 Platt Hospitality Group and Mountain Lake PBS. From a mainframe computer to the internet at CCC, five keys to digital room access at 9 Platt and analog to digital transmission at MLPBS you will find their evolution noteworthy.

And then Garry Douglas wraps this issue with an analysis of how mergers and acquisitions are impacting manufacturing regionally, nationally and internationally, and analyzes the effect of the Alstom’s acquisition of Bombardier.

We’ve been planning this anniversary issue of Strictly Business for some time now and we hope you will take special pleasure in what we have put together for you. The last 30 years are proof positive that the North Country can take a devastating blow and then regroup and come out better for it…

…and that’s good for business.