Guest Editorial:Utilize the investment

By Peg Ellsworth, Executive Director
MARK Project

The MARK Project, a regional economic and community development organization, fully supports The Belleayre Resort Project and the expansion of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, and views these projects as an obvious economic benefit to the region. That being said, it is now time to work together with the developers, ORDA, and New York State to interweave the investments on the mountain with our communities to ensure the outcome is mutually beneficial.

This will not be an easy task, nor will there be room for complacency. Our Main Streets need to shine, our small businesses and municipalities will be challenged with the task of providing quality goods and services, and we will all need to grow alongside our neighbors.

Our region has the potential to serve both as a vibrant destination to visit and as a great place to live. However, in the absence of responsible investment, we are left with a stagnant economic climate and declining population. The Unit Management Plan for Belleayre and the modified Resort Project are a model for public and private partnership that will serve as a springboard for further investment while helping to support for our long-term sustainability.

To this end, MARK truly hopes to see these projects move forward and will take a leadership role in working with our Main Streets and small businesses to ensure we are utilizing this investment as a foundation to build a brighter future for all.