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13. Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA)
(Latest update 2001)

183 Broadway
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

(518) 891-6200
Fax (5l8) 891-6203
Web site:

Key Personnel

Robert R. Quinn, President
Terry deFranco Martino, Executive Director
Kenneth J. Sprague, Director of Development
James T. Ellis, Community Assistance Specialist
Carl S. Golas, Wood Products Industry Specialist

Finances (1998)

Total revenue: $378,850
(Income includes private contributions of $68,747, which increased by 50%
over 1997.)
Total Expenses: $378,850

Coalition Involvements

Works with numerous communities, corporations and agencies on economic development projects, including Adirondack Regional Tourism Council, U.S. Forest Service, Niagara Mohawk, Museum of Natural History of the Adirondacks, Adirondack Scenic Railroad, Saranac Lake.

Organizational Description and Goals

"The Adirondack North Country Association is a not-for-profit organization committed to improving the standard of living, economic opportunities and quality of life for the people living in the fourteen counties of the Adirondack North Country Region."

The ANCA region counties include Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Oswego, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Warren and Washington.

Tourism: "To provide recreational, bikeway and regional tourism planning and promotion. To assist communities in securing federal transportation funding. To present the Adirondack North Country as a premier travel destination with unique cultural, recreational, scenic, historic and artistic attractions."

Agriculture: "To develop a working partnership with the New York State Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative for the development of a regional grazing program. To provide cattle handling equipment for producers."

Natural Resources: "To maintain existing jobs, create new ones and promote value-added processing in the forest industry through a concerted technical assistance effort to small and medium sized wood products businesses."

Enterprise Development: "To provide community and enterprise development planning assistance through direct involvement with new ventures, business projects and marketing."

Services and Culture: "To provide support to the promotion and development of education, the arts, and health services in the Adirondack North Country region."

Board of Directors

Robert R. Quinn, President
Terrence O. Harden, Vice President
Kenneth W. Parker, Secretary
Jonathan P. MacAbee, Treasurer
Robert D. Hall, Central Region Vice President
Paul M. Cantwell, Jr., Northern Region Vice President
Pieter V. C. Litchfield, Southeastern Region Vice President (Pres. New York Blue Line Council)
Douglas H. Ververs, Western Region Vice President

Frank Augsbury, Jr., Director at Large, retiring from board
E. Gilbert Barker, Director at Large
James A. Berg, Director at Large
Richard R. Bird, Director, Hamilton County
Robert A. Boice, Director at Large, Chairman, Agriculture Committee
Dale G. Brown, Director at Large
Wayne H. Byrne, Director, Clinton County
Peter J. Cayan, Director at Large
David S. Dano, Director at Large, retiring from board
Stephen T. Dutton, Director, Franklin County
Stephen M. Erman, Director at Large, Chairman, Enterprise Development Committee (APA staff director of economic development)
Donald J. Exford, Director, Lewis County
Eugene T. Falvo, Director, Oneida County
Bruce M. Ferguson, Director at Large
Robert J. Hadler, Director, St. Lawrence County
Dee C. Heckethorn, Director, Oswego County
Marilyn Higgins, Director at Large
H. John Hosley, Director at Large
Joseph L. Kennedy, Director at Large, retiring from board (President SUNY Canton)
John D. Kiechle, Director, Jefferson County
Peter Litchfield, Chairman, Natural Resources Committee
George P. Miller, Director at Large
Nathan J. Muskin, Director, Fulton County
Ronald M. Ofner, Director, Essex County, Chairman, Tourism Committee
Henry W. Parnass, Director at Large
William F. Peters, Director at Large
Gail Rogers Rice, Director at Large
Joseph T. Rota, Director, Washington County
Theresa R. Sayward, Director at Large
Christine S. Snide, Director at Large (Board of Supervisors of Hamilton County)
James W. Taylor, Director at Large
Robert K. Van Slyke, Director at Large
Jeanne H. Winters, Director at Large


Among many other projects highlighted in the 1998 annual report:

Adirondack Scenic Railroad. Started working to resurrect the Adirondack Railroad in 1988, and in 1998 the Adirondack Scenic Railroad launched its regular service from Utica to Thendara/Old Forge. In 1998, the State announced $5 million over the next two years to improve the tourist rail uses from Utica/Remsen to Lake Placid.

New jobs and wood industry expansion: ANCA played key role in the certification of the Ironwood Timber Bridge Railing System for U.S. Interstate Highway use by the U.S. Department of Transportation in 1998.

Succeeded in seeing Saranac Lake designated an All-America City by the National Civic League in 1998.

Developed an interactive tourist information kiosk recognized at a Technology Symposium in Monteray, California, which was placed at the Salmon Hills Visitor Center.

Assisted startup of Museum of Natural History of the Adirondacks to be located in Tupper Lake, which, it was noted was a result of community mobilization after the 1998 loss of the promised prison.

A key program of ANCA is community planning and assistance, including major community grant assistance, such as the Saranac Lake Union Depot.

Published a new edition of the annual Craft Trail Map.

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