ADVANTAGE Adirondacks

Enhancing Economic Opportunities Across the Adirondack Park and Adirondack Gateway Council Pathways to Progress Plan

ADVANTAGE Adirondacks is a comprehensive plan to advance economic opportunities across New York’s six million acre Adirondack Park. Developed for the Adirondack Partnership, it views “environmental and economic sustainability as mutually dependent and reinforcing.” It advances a planning agenda for the new people-and-place-based economy where collaboration is the “silver bullet,” addressing key goals to: inspire a culture of entrepreneurship, globally competitive workforce and diverse business base; promote a sustainable and connected rural life with quality infrastructure and amenities; reinvent traditional industry across working landscapes in forestry, natural resources and agriculture; and advance the Park as a world-class destination. ADVANTAGE Adirondacks was prepared for the Adirondack Partnership under contract to Hamilton County by a consulting team led by River Street and including Toole Design, ConsultEcon, DCG Corplan Consulting, Adworkshop and M. J. Engineering.

The Strategy recognizes embraces emerging economic convergence - combining access to land, capital, and knowledge with skills like partnering and teamwork across a regional framework to solve problems, grow markets, and attract investment. The new economy requires a new mindset in the Park where innovation is critical, place matters more than location, bigger is not necessarily better, and talent drives business decisions. It takes advantage of the Park’s uniqueness moving beyond its historic identity as a place where people would “rather fight than win.” The advancement of the comprehensive plan’s goals and strategies will: inspire a culture of entrepreneurship with a globally competitive workforce and diverse business base; promote a sustainable and connected rural life with quality infrastructure and community amenities; reinvent traditional industry across the working landscapes in forest products, natural resources and agriculture; and advance the Park as a world class destination.

As part of ongoing regional planning Rover Street authored the recently released PATHWAYS TO PROGRESS: Charting a Course for the Adirondack Gateway Region for the Adirondack Gateway Council. The strategy is a “sustainability game plan” for Warren, Washington and Northern Saratoga Counties to improve access to opportunity in housing, jobs, agriculture, health, and infrastructure. Its inclusive process broke down barriers for traditionally disenfranchised citizens. Five consultant teams engaged over 800 people, going directly to residents and partnering with advocates using pop-up outreach events, listening sessions, websites, and surveys among other methods. Five technical reports were and The Pathways to Progress Plan brings those reports together and integrate livability principles and best practices in alternative energy, green infrastructure, LEED ND among others. It positions the region in the new place-based economy and lays plan that is stakeholder-driven, sustainable, and measurable. AGC consultants included Dr. Ann Ruzlow Holland, ECC Technologies, Barton and Loguidice, Elan Planning, Design, and Landscape Architecture, Room One Planning & Design, Adworkshop, and DCG Corplan.


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Troy, New York 12180

Phone: 518.273.8980


About River Street

River Street Planning & Development, LLC is a NYS Certified Woman Business Enterprise owned by Margaret Irwin, formed in 1997 with offices in Troy, New York. The company employs five staff members and provides services to a diverse group of organizations including Federal, state, county, and municipal governments of all sizes, public agencies, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, universities, investors and developers in the northeastern United States.  Services offered include public meeting planning and facilitation, focus groups, mediation, economic development, downtown and Main Street revitalization, design and administration of small business support programs, land use planning, zoning, historic preservation, and housing and commercial market analysis. River Street specializes in facilitating community engagement and identifying a consensus vision that can be shared and supported by diverse stakeholders. We offer an effective, outcome-oriented approach that builds consensus and community capacity, strengthens local leadership and shapes community pride and vision –  vital ingredients for successful community action.

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