Hamlet Economic Planning and Assistance Initiative
The Agency's Hamlet Economic Planning and Assistance (HEPA) Initiative is a community-driven process, led by a local stakeholder workgroup with assistance from the Adirondack Park Agency, that develops and implements a plan for economic improvement of the community’s commercial center. All 102 of the Park's municipalities are eligible to participate in the initiative. HEPA provides the client community with:
An economic plan for the revitalization of the community's commercial center
Local capacity for plan and project implementation
Continued support for project development from the Agency's Economic Services and Planning Divisions
In 2014, staff from the Agency’s Economic Services and Planning Divisions worked with the Village of Northville and Town of Northampton to pilot the HEPA initiative and develop an economic plan for the communities' commercial centers. A copy of the plan can be found here. Agency staff is continuing to work with the communities on project implementation.
For questions regarding the HEPA Initiative or to begin the HEPA process contact Dan Kelleher, Special Assistant for Economic Affairs at 518-891-4050.
APA Staff examine maps during a field visit in Northville.
Adirondack Hamlets are the economic centers of the Park and are key drivers of the tourism economy.