What's Up North

  • VIDEO: Ward Lumber becomes worker-owned cooperative
    May 14, 2021
    "Going forward with the co-op, we're creating a new family, and it will allow this business to continue perpetually into the future. This gives us an avenue to keep it going." ~ Ward Lumber worker-owner Kevin Kennedy Ward Lumber of Jay and Malone, N.Y. has been serving local communities for over 130 years. Following a two-year process spearheaded by fourth-generation owner Jay Ward, the business is now owned by a team of employees, including Jay. By adopting an ownership model that creates...Read more



  • Housing in the Adirondack region: one crisis away from crumbling
    April 20, 2021
    Alexis Subra, Membership & Events Coordinator
    The COVD-19 Era is not the first time a large crisis spurred an affordable housing shortage in the North Country. From pandemics to terrorist attacks, communities across the Adirondack Park have felt the economic shockwaves of global events. As a region, as long as we remain passive towards the issue of accessible housing and the negative impacts it has on our workforce, we will always be one crisis away from crumbling our economy. Why is housing on my mind? I am one of the many individuals who...Read more



  • Rural Americans are the future of the clean energy economy — policymakers must catch up
    March 8, 2021
    By guest contributor Chitra Kumar , Senior Fellow with Aspen Institute 's Community Strategies Group and Thrive Rural Published with permission of the author and The Hill . Rural communities are integral to our nation’s economy, culture, history, and ecological health — and our future. Yet, our public policies often either treat rural America as an afterthought or make sweeping assumptions about rural people’s values, particularly when it comes to environmental sustainability. Depressingly, we...Read more



  • ANCA Board Resolution on Bridging Divisions and Working Together
    January 20, 2021
    January 20, 2021 WHEREAS, the nation has just celebrated and honored the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and prepares to inaugurate the 46th president and vice president of the United States, Joseph R. Biden and Kamala D. Harris, and WHEREAS, the nation and world collectively witnessed the violence and fear that was engendered on January 6, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol, underscoring the importance of the principles of finding common ground to solve problems, working together in good faith to...Read more



  • Gratitude for Partnerships
    January 13, 2021
    Danielle Delaini, Entrepreneurial Program Director
    We at ANCA are struggling (as we imagine many of you are ) to comprehend, process and heal from the deep divisions that are happening in the U.S. today. Sometimes it can feel like our work is such a small drop in a large ocean of economic and social troubles flooding our region and our country. It can feel isolating. It can feel insurmountable. Of course, it is nothing compared to the weight that minoritized individuals feel in experiencing the same burnt, torn landscape of our nation in this...Read more



  • 2020 Last-minute Shop Local Holiday Gift Guide
    December 15, 2020
    Audrey Schwartzberg, Communications Associate
    The 2020 holiday season will most certainly look and feel different. These are stressful times for many of us: financially, emotionally, mentally. If the weight of this year’s hardships are getting you down over the holidays, there are professionals and resources available. We’ve provided a list of several state and regional organizations that can help at the bottom of this page. Despite this year's challenges and limitations, this holiday season also gives us a unique opportunity to feel and...Read more



  • Buy Local or Bye-Bye Local
    November 18, 2020
    Lauren Richard, Small Business Service Coordinator
    It’s so easy to go to a huge online retailer, order everything I need, and have it show up at my door. Especially now when I don’t really want to go into stores in person. I can’t tell you how many times over the last few weeks I’ve loaded up my online shopping cart, only to abandon it again... Because. BECAUSE. They don’t need my money. You know who does. I know you know. Who doesn’t love a small business? I think we all want them to be here in the future. Many local businesses have new ways...Read more



  • ANCA Board Resolution on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    September 23, 2020
    WHEREAS, as the host organization for the Adirondack Diversity Initiative, and in the wake of national coalescing around the Black Lives Matter protests and actions, ANCA has committed to intentional action to disrupt 400 plus years of racism and to dismantle the structural inequities that plague our region and our nation, and WHEREAS, human diversity can be defined as differences in race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical...Read more



  • How can our communities fulfill the next generation of Adirondackers?
    August 21, 2020
    by Connor Smith, 2020 ANCA Graduate Fellow My introduction to the Adirondack Park was made through a summer camp in 2016 when a friend convinced me to work in Saranac Lake. As a resident of the West Coast, I was excited for an opportunity to explore the East as I knew nothing about the area. Somewhere along the way, I must have caught the Adirondack bug, because four years later I am back in the area. I’ve been working this summer as a Graduate Fellow at ANCA, supporting the work of the Center...Read more



  • From a homemade supply chain to a Fortune 500 company: here’s what I have learned
    July 29, 2020
    This month, ANCA released our five-year strategic plan with “A New Economy that Works for All” as the central driving vision. Central to our goal of building prosperity across northern New York is creating and sustaining wealth and value in local communities; a key element of this work is the localization of the supply chains that serve our economies and people. Another goal for this work is creating opportunities for the next generation of entrepreneurs who want to live and work here. In that...Read more



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