2022 Forward Together Conference
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The Lake Champlain - Lake George Regional Planning Board (LCLGRPB) will host the 2022 Forward Together Conference in Lake Placid, NY on September 22, 2022. Information about itinerary, topics,  and presenters can be found below. 

Itinerary & Speakers

Opening Session

Opening Remarks
Beth Gilles, Executive Director

Keynote Speaker
Assemblyman Billy Jones (NY-115)

Elected to the NYS Assembly in 2016, Assemblyman Billy Jones, represents the 115th District, comprised of Clinton and Franklin counties, as well as the towns of Brasher, Hopkinton, Lawrence and Piercefield in St. Lawrence County. In addition, Assemblyman Jones serves a member of the North Country Economic Development Council.


Session #1

FWT Connecting

Session 1A: Community Infrastructure

Session will highlight efforts underway and funding opportunities available to provide critical infrastructure like drinking water, sewer, broadband, and telecommunications to our rural communities.


Regional Broadband Activity Updates
Kevin Lynch, CEO
SLIC Network Solutions

Telecommunications Infrastructure Inventory
Leon Brink, Director of Business Development
Waterford Consultants

Clinton County Industrial Redevelopment
Molly Ryan, Executive Director
Clinton County Industrial Development Agency



William Farber, Supervisor
Town of Morehouse

Rich Grogan, Executive Director
Northern Border Regional Commission

Ed Hummel, Economic Development Rep.
U.S. Economic Development Administration


FWT Housing
Session 1B: Workforce Housing

Session will feature an update on the LCLGRPB's Regional Economic Analysis of Housing Needs and learn more about efforts to expand housing access in the North Country.


Economic Analysis of Housing Needs
Alex Tranmer, Director of Strategic Planning
Dan Stevens, Director of Real Estate
Camoin Associates

Housing Solution Avenues: InDeed Housing Legacy
Daniel Kieferbach
Living ADK


Dan Kelleher, Economic Affairs Special Assistant
Adirondack Park Agency

Renee Adams
USDA Rural Development


Session #2

FWT Main Street

Session 2A: Main Streets & Community Planning

Session will highlight the importance of long-term community planning and discuss initiatives in the region to support economic development in community centers.


Hamlet Development Program
Dan Kelleher, Economic Affairs Special Assistant
Adirondack Park Agency

Downtown Ticonderoga Revitalization
Matt Courtright, Executive Director
Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce

Franklin Co. Downtown Revitalization Initiatives
Jeremy Evans, CEO
Franklin County Economic Development Corp.


Chris Hunsinger, Loan Specialist
USDA Rural Development

Carol Calabrese, Director
Essex County Industrial Development Agency

Greg Wichser, Region 1 Program Management
NYS Department of Transportation


FWT Child Care

Session 2B: Child Care

Session will feature a discussion with child care resource professionals about the challenges and opportunities facing child care providers. The discussion will include a conversation about business training and other resources to eliminate child care deserts.


Available Resources to Support Families & Providers
Rose Blanchard, Child Care Resource Director
Child Care Coordinating Council of North Country

Improving Access to Child Care in Rural Communities
Kate Ryan, Director
Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance

Child Care Provider: Experiences & Challenges
Justin Ihne, CEO
Plattsburgh YMCA


Victoria Duley, Executive Director
Adirondack Economic Development Corp.

Sue Matton, VP for Economic Development
North Country Chamber of Commerce

Sarah Maroun, Interim VP for Academic Affairs
North Country Community College


Conference Location

High Peaks Resort
2384 Saranac Avenue
Lake Placid, NY 12946


Watch our video to learn more about our Forward Together Initiative

Lake Champlain - Lake George Regional Planning Board
The LCLGRPB is one of nine regional planning and development organizations operating in NYS under Article 12-B, §239b of General Municipal Law.