Two stories from SnoCountry website tell the tale of two major economic development projects — one that’s accelerating, the other that’s stalled. See Major Project Accelerates in Northern Vermont As Similar Effort Stalls In N.Y. and Volunteers Toss In Towel – New York’s Big Tupper Won’t Open.
The Jay Peak-Burke Mountain project in Northern Vermont is a public/private partnership that includes ski lodges, but also manufacturing and a biomedical research center that projects to bring 5,000 permanent jobs to the Newport area.
In contrast in New York, the attempt to reopen the Big Tupper Ski Area as part of a major economic development project collapsed under the weight of delaying tactics by the Sierra Club and other so-called environmental organizations. Approval of the project this past January by the Adirondack Park Agency after an 8-year battle turned out to be a symbolic victory as instead of working to bring about something positive for the economically-depressed central Adirondack region, the environmentalists preferred to crush the community’s hopes with court actions.