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$52 million to create world-class tourism destination in New York

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Staff Writer | January 23, 2017
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the Master Plan to establish a Gateway to the Adirondacks at Exit 29 of the Northway, in the town of North Hudson.
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Located in the heart of the Adirondacks, the future Gateway site once hosted Frontier Town, a popular theme park that has been unoccupied for years.

The Governor also announced that Paradox Brewery, a New York State-born craft beverage business, will expand its operations at the Gateway site, invest $2.8 million and create 22 new jobs in North Hudson.

The State will work with public and private partners to secure an estimated $32 million to create a world-class tourism destination at the site.

New York State and the Open Space Institute, working in collaboration with five neighboring Adirondack towns, engaged a private firm to create a blueprint for a new recreation hub that would improve local amenities, expand access, and draw increased visitors to this part of the Park.

The Master Plan was developed in partnership with the Town of North Hudson, the five towns of the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub, the Empire State Forest Products Association, the Open Space Institute, and Essex County, whose industrial development agency will oversee operation.

The Gateway site sits on a mix of Essex County and town of North Hudson property totaling about 300 acres, and includes almost a mile and a half of the picturesque Schroon River.

Governor Cuomo today announced the state will invest up to $20 million for major upgrades at Whiteface and Gore Mountains to attract more visitors and build on the North Country’s bourgeoning winter tourism industry.

The investments will enhance the current facilities at Gore and Whiteface Mountains and create state-of-the art skiing, lodging, dining and retail opportunities and year-round activities.

The project will be the first major upgrade at both Whiteface and Gore in 30 years and will develop opportunities to increase off-season revenue, while making these facilities more competitive with other resorts around the world.

The investment will build on the current facilities at the mountains and create an unparalleled tourism destination for visitors in the North Country. In addition, it will help expand opportunities for local small businesses in the surrounding areas and help promote the state’s vast winter recreational opportunities.

This investment will leverage up to $80 million in private funding to add additional amenities and retail options for guests.

The $20 million for the upgrades at Whiteface and Gore is in addition to $10 million the state is providing to the Olympic Regional Development Authority as part of the 2017-18 FY budget.

Modern day ski resorts are shifting their primary functions from just purely ski and snowboarding based facilities to ones that provide upscale amenities, conveniences and year round attractions.

Substantial improvements to the day lodge facilities at both Gore and Whiteface Mountains will make them competitive with other world resorts and able to meet ever-changing resort needs.