North Country Scenic Byway Planning Workshop for St. Lawrence County Stakeholders
The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) Corridor Management Plan for the North Country “Military Trail” Scenic Byway is moving into another phase of project development. ANCA’s project facilitators, Susan Fuller and Bob Hest of Fuller Communications in Malone, and Linda McQuinn, Director of Economic Development for Canton invite you to join this important public workshop. The meeting is on January 20 at the Best Western at 90 East Main Street in Canton.
Susan Fuller will provide a brief overview of the CMP process and the benefits of being an ANCA Scenic Byway. Linda McQuinn will speak briefly about the value of the CMP process, based on her experience with the Maple Traditions Trail Scenic Byway. In break-out sessions, you will help us:
- identify long-range, broad desired outcomes of this CMP process and Scenic Byway designation for memorable visitors experiences, regional economic development, and enhancement of quality of life for communities and stakeholders
- identify recreation, tourism, transportation, marketing, and stewardship assets and opportunities along the Scenic Byway route that have not already been presented in recent community and regional planning and economic development plans.
- gather ideas that will be used to develop this North Country Scenic Byway Vision and Theme statements relevant to St. Lawrence County and the other byway counties, Franklin and Clinton.
- explore options for possible extension of the current Scenic Byway route from Massena to Potsdam and Canton.
We encourage business owners, civic groups, residents, tourism offices, government leaders, Chambers of Commerce, State agencies, regional planning offices, and other interested parties to join us.
The Military Trail Corridor Management Plan project is made possible with grant funding from the New York State Department of Transportation through the National Scenic Byway Program and the Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century. The draft plan will be presented to the New York State Department of Transportation for review and upon approval will enable the Byway communities in St. Lawrence, Franklin and Clinton Counties to access Federal and State program dollars to support marketing and tourism efforts that encourage new, repeat, and extended visitation.