The 14th annual Adirondack Common Ground Alliance Forum is set to take place on July 14-15, conducted in one-and-a-half to three-hour sessions via video conference each morning. A one hour closing session will also be hosted on Thursday, July 23 to report the Forum findings.
Registration is now open at the new Common Ground Alliance (CGA) website.
This year’s theme, Attracting a New Generation of Residents to the Adirondacks, comes as people all over the world are learning they can work from basically anywhere. Which raises the worthwhile and timely question: Why not the Adirondacks?
Adirondack communities face a serious demographic challenge, specifically related to the attraction and retention of new, younger residents. This year’s forum will explore and work through the issue, with a special focus on community vitality.
The event will feature live video sessions, presentations, and interactive small group discussions designed to flesh out strategies for achieving regional population stability and encouraging future growth. These strategies are then distilled into a series of action items for state and local elected officials, policymakers, communities and participants.
The interactive program was designed with support from the Northern Forest Center, a New Hampshire-based nonprofit that works to promote thriving rural communities, healthy forests and innovative, resilient local economies.
A general schedule is available online with further details, including information on presenters and moderators, to be added in early July.
The Common Ground Alliance was formed in 2007 to identify opportunities for collaboration amongst different – and at times, competing – Adirondack stakeholders. This led to the development of the annual Blueprint for the Blue Line, a document that summarizes and builds upon the takeaways of each year’s forum. Past Blueprints are now available on the Common Ground Alliance website.
Alliance members and past forum attendees include Adirondack homeowners, educators, business owners, community leaders, visitors, taxpayers and others who want to make the Adirondacks a better place to live, work and play. The Alliance promotes inclusiveness, mutual respect, transparency, candor and trust to guide open discussions and foster productive dialogue across a multitude of viewpoints.
The cost of registration is $20, or $10 for students. Sponsorship opportunities are available. To register, visit the Common Ground Alliance website. For more information about registration or sponsorship, contact Doug Haney at (518) 524-4674 or via email at email@example.com.