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Champlain Centre mall logo on a podium
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Many malls in New York state will be reopening on Friday.  Governor Andrew Cuomo gave the go-ahead as long as an enhanced air filtering system is installed.

From left: Garry Douglas, Jim Malatras and Ray DiPasquale hold partnership agreements
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The president of Empire State College was in Plattsburgh today to sign separate partnership agreements with the local chamber of commerce and the community college.

Champlain Centre mall logo on a podium
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Although New York’s North Country region is in Phase 4 of re-opening from coronavirus shutdowns, indoor malls remain closed. Officials gathered in front of the Champlain Centre mall in Plattsburgh Monday to call on the Cuomo administration to issue guidance to reopen malls.

U.S. Canada border crossing at Champlain-LaColle
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The border between Canada and the U.S. will remain closed to non-essential travelers for another month.  While North Country interests had expected the border to remain closed, they are blasting federal officials for not crafting a plan for future opening.

Acting Consul General of Canada in New York Khawar Nasim
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At a time when the border is closed, the North Country Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a virtual conversation with a key Canadian official to discuss cross-border issues.

The North Country Chamber is holding a series of virtual town halls on various issues impacting regional business during the COVID-19 crisis.  This week, the New York state Comptroller joined chamber members in a virtual meeting to provide a summary of the state’s fiscal situation and outlook in the midst of the pandemic.

U.S. Canada border crossing at Champlain-LaColle
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The border between the U.S. and Canada will remain closed to non-essential travelers until at least June 21st.  Northern New York border interests say the move is disappointing but not unexpected.

The North Country Chamber has been holding periodic tele-town halls featuring business, community and legislative leaders answering questions regarding COVID-19 and its impact on the region.  Thursday morning the presidents of three northern New York hospitals discussed the fiscal stress the pandemic is putting on rural health care providers.

North Country Chamber President Garry Douglas discusses implications of coronavirus pandemic
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The North Country Chamber of Commerce discussed concerns about the coronavirus and its impact on the business community this afternoon.  Concerns have spiked after the premier of Quebec announced advisory measures that would restrict cross border trade and tourism.

From left: Assemblymen Dan Stec and D. Billy Jones with Senator Betty Little at the North Country Chamber annual legislative breakfast
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The North Country Chamber recently held its annual Legislative Breakfast, bringing in the region’s New York state representatives in Albany to report on actions taken over the past year and forecasts for the region as this session continues.  WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was there.

NEXUS lane on the far left as travelers return to the U.S. at the Champlain-Lacolle border crossing
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump on Thursday to hash out a dispute over the suspension of the state by the Department of Homeland Security from any Trusted Traveler Program. In Northern New York, the head of the regional chamber says a resolution is critical because there are severe implications for business and travelers who regularly cross the nearby border.

Clinton County Legislature Chair Mark Henry gives 2020 State of the County address
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The chair of the Clinton County Legislature, Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor and Mayor of the city of Plattsburgh all delivered speeches about the state of their municipalities at a chamber-sponsored breakfast Thursday morning.

Business Confidence Index poster
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The North Country Chamber of Commerce unveiled its annual Business Confidence Index Wednesday morning, showing that most businesses expect steady activity over the course of 2020.

U.S. Canada flags graphic
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The North Country Chamber of Commerce is praising Thursday’s U.S. House approval of the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, a tri-lateral trade agreement meant to replace NAFTA.

North Country Chamber's Business Expo 2019
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Every year, the North Country Chamber hosts a business expo, gathering representatives across industrial sectors in Plattsburgh to network and discuss issues.  During this year’s event in Plattsburgh, North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley asked exhibitors about cross-border trade and whether they had concerns about ratification of the USMCA — known as the new NAFTA.

From left: Assemblyman D. Billy Jones, Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman Dan Stec at Chamber legislative breakfast
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At a pivotal time in state government, the North Country Chamber of Commerce held its annual Legislative Breakfast forum Friday morning to hear updates from the region’s representatives in Albany.

Business Confidence placard
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The North Country Chamber of Commerce has released its annual Business Confidence Index for the region.  It comes as the region has received a high ranking from a national economics research firm.

Business Expo 2018
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The North Country Chamber of Commerce held its annual Business Expo this afternoon in Plattsburgh.

Despite inclement weather, nearly a hundred officials and business leaders from across the North Country gathered in Plattsburgh this morning to hear addresses on the state of the town and city of Plattsburgh and Clinton County.