The K&J show focuses today on a new organization called “ADK Works” a coalition of concerned Adirondack residents, business owners and community organizations who rallied together to advocate for solutions that lead to a speedy economic recovery and advance a simple but important concept: “The Park Works, When People Do.” The campaign comes at a time when Adirondack communities like Tupper Lake are plagued by high unemployment, population decline, a weakening tax base, significant budget shortfalls and potential school closures.
Throughout the campaign, ADK Works will highlight and demonstrate strong support for Park-compatible economic development projects like the Adirondack Club & Resort (ACR) initiative as a model project that can help revitalize the regional economy. The campaign is sponsored by the REALTORS Advocacy Committee and led by Jim LaValley who seeks to foster greater awareness and appreciation for the balance needed between the environment and the economy to properly sustain the Adirondack Park.
We’ll speak with NY State Senator Betty Little about the organization and it’s goals, and the needs of the community. We’ll also hear from Michelle Clement representing the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce, ARISE CHairman Jim LaValley and Mike Kelly who is the director of Governmental Affairs for the New York State Board of Realtors in Albany. Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun and Tupper Lake Supervisor Roger Amell give us their feeling about the roadblocks by environmental groups which are continuing to delay the project.