By Amy Kretser
The North Country is a fantastic place to live. The cities and towns that define the region still have a small town feel. Cars still stop to let the elderly cross the street. If the wrong mail gets delivered to a box, it generally gets walked across the street. People have access to a lake that offers world-class sailing and water recreation. The mountains of the Adirondack Park present four seasons of sports, hiking and thousands of acres of pristine wilderness. The schools are staffed with hard working, talented educators, and the hospitals, colleges and business community are vibrant and eagerly expanding.
There is no question that this region is a wonderful place to start a career, raise children, retire and enjoy the beauty and bounty of the North Country. Yet, the recent economic downturn gave many community leaders and concerned citizens reason to pause.
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