Public Session ‘Beers and Ideas’ set for Thursday at In-Law Brewing to Discuss Tourism

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August 19, 2019

Chase Mills, NY: Input from residents and visitors will be collected on Thursday, August 22 from 6 to 8 pm at In-Law Brewing Company in Chase Mills, NY as part of a destination planning process for Lake St. Lawrence Communities; Massena, Louisville and Waddington.

A work group made up of Nancy Foster, Michelle Stone and Kelli Ramsey of Louisville, Jim Murphy of Massena, Jim Thew and Mark Scott of Waddington and County Chamber representatives Brooke Rouse and Jonnie Claeys have been meeting regularly over the past 6 weeks to complete the foundation of the Tourism Destination Area Workbook for Lake St. Lawrence. The workbook was designed by the North Country Regional Economic Development Council several years ago, as a tool to help communities identify their assets and opportunities for tourism development.

“The focus of the public session at In-Law Brewing is to capture ideas on what is possible, and what gaps currently exist. We have already identified some tremendous and unique opportunities for business development that would help support more visitors and jobs and enable more people to stay and live in the area. We want to be sure we reach out and gather more thoughts from the community”  noted Rouse, who is serving as the consultant, through the St. Lawrence County Chamber for the planning process.  

The Thursday public session is during normal operating hours for the Brewery. People are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Post-it notes and pads will be available for people to casually contribute their thoughts as they enjoy the evening. The geographic scope of the plan includes the towns of Massena, Louisville and Waddington. Lake St. Lawrence is an artificial lake that was created when dams and locks were erected in the St. Lawrence River.

The planning process is being funded by a $24,999 NY Sea Grant and will include the destination plan with recommendations and data analysis that will help communities and private enterprises plan for investment in the destination.