PAUL SMITHS - The Malone, Saranac Lake Area and Tupper Lake chambers of commerce have formed a new partnership that officials say will benefit their respective members and the region at large.
The partnership, which will include representatives of each chambers' boards of directors, was created to help address issues important to the business community in Franklin County.
The new initiative was the result of a joint board meeting held at Paul Smith's College on April 30, hosted by the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Saranac Lake chamber board member Ron Keough noted that this was the first time all three chamber boards in Franklin County have formally met.
Members of the boards of directors from the Malone, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake chambers of commerce, and their staff, pose for a picture after a meeting at Paul Smith’s College on April 30. Pictured in the front row (left to right) are Adrienne Relyea, Nelson Pleau, Ron Keough, Maggie Ernenwein, Jean Pond, Fred Nichols and Andrea Dumas. Second row: Joe Riccio, Karen Carre, Sylvie Nelson, Sandie Strader, Heidi Dishman and Tim McCarthy. Back row: Keith Wells, Chris Covert, Dene Savage, John Mills, Marty Mozdzier and Hugh Hill.
(Photo — Nancy Howard)
"We need to join forces so that the entire business community can benefit," Malone Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Hugh Hill said in a news release. "What is good for Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake is good for Malone."
Some of the initiatives the chambers will explore include fostering a positive environment for the creation of a countywide planning office, sharing membership benefits and waving some transfer station fees for municipalities, among other business-related topics.
"We are very excited about working together," Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marti Mozdzier said in the release. "By sharing and cooperating, we can extend benefits to our local businesses that go beyond our respective communities."
"This is a great first step in ensuring that the business community remains a priority in Franklin County," said Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sylvie Nelson.