Local Economies

Buying locally made products keeps dollars circulating in the region and creates new jobs.

Our local economies rely on locally owned small businesses. ANCA is uniquely positioned to provide direct support for these small-scale local businesses, which also create jobs and diversity of income for local communities, and increase wages. These benefits, combined with those provided by large businesses, drive the region to greater self-reliance.

Click on the pages below to learn more about our work to create thriving local economies.

 

ANCA works directly with farmers, food entrepreneurs, and not for profit organizations to access funding; develop and integrate infrastructure; and help grow opportunities in the local economy. Projects have included food hub development, supply chain coordination, business startup support, and grant writing assistance. Recently, the USDA awarded ANCA a $95,000 grant to help establish The Hub on the Hill food...
April 26-27, 2016, Saratoga Springs, NY: ANCA’s juried wholesale gift shows feature the region's best handmade and locally sourced goods and specialty foods. The Adirondack Buyer Days shows are great opportunities for retailers to buy directly from artisans, meet the producers and learn the stories of their unique wares.
The third annual Made in the Adirondacks Fair took place Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 10am-5pm at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake. This fair, free with museum admission, hosts artisan vendors from all over the Adirondacks. 2016's event, co-hosted by The Adirondack Museum, TAUNY, and ANCA, was a great success, with over 50 talented vendors featuring products such...
Across the Adirondack North Country, independent theaters faced a looming deadline: To make the necessary transition to digital projection, or face the possibility of closing their doors. Our small-town theaters are vital to keeping downtowns alive and serve an important role in ensuring strong, vibrant communities. ANCA and the Adirondack Film Society have been working to make sure our small...
Two-day Workshop, April 6 & 7, 2016 Working with stakeholders in the Keeseville area, ANCA applied for and received a federal planning assistance award for 2016 called Local Foods, Local Places that will build the momentum around local food by connecting this movement with the broader community and revitalization efforts. The project will work with a wide variety of Keeseville...
Bike the Barns is a fully supported recreational road cycling tour supporting the rich agricultural movement of the North Country. This one-day Champlain Valley farm-by-bike experience will feature farm tour stops staged along the route where you can personally connect with the local food revolution. The agritourism experience culminates with a finish line local food celebration complete with a meal,b...
The Drive for 25 Farm to School Grant works with schools, communities, and farmers to build healthy Farm to School Programs with strong local food procurement in cafeterias. ANCA is administering the first-year pilot project in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties. Demonstrated success during this first year will be used to continue developing Farm to School programs in the North...
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