Monthly Archives: July 2014

2014 Common Ground Alliance Forum Report

The documentation for this year’s CGA Forum is now available to download here.

The 2014 Forum was largely a work group based format.  Two months before the Forum, the Core Team circulated a survey monkey poll to the entire CGA email list, the ADK Futures email list and the Adk Council also sent a link to members.  People were asked to pick 5 topics of interest for discussion from a list of 29 topics.

The top 14 were each assigned a Core Team member to facilitate.  This report captures the work of all the groups.  If you wanted to be in another group, this is how you find out what they talked about.

Feedback cards were given back to us by 57 of the 170 attendees.  The report transcribes the comments and groups them by topic. There were all sorts of comments:  suggested projects, business ideas, format suggestions, topics for upcoming years and more.  Please do read them. They will help you see you are part of something pretty big, very grassroots, covering a broad set topics and needs.

This is the best comment, capturing what CGA strives to be:   This is one of the most important events of the year in the Adirondacks. The people who attend are the leaders, knowledgeable about the progress, projects, etc. They have a sophisticated understanding of the barriers and issues. They can point the way to next steps

There is rarely much press about Common Ground.  But Brian Mann was at the Forum this year and posted this report.  It does give you a sense of the progress we are experiencing, in a style that is notably different from our national debates.  That is something all of you should be proud of.


2014 CGA Forum Materials

The 2014 CGA Forum is this Wednesday July 16 at the Sabattis Pavilion in Long Lake.  For those of you who would like to have the materials distributed at the Forum electronically, we are posting them here.  The theme of the Forum is Collaboration Works and the main focus of the day is a workgroup activity organized around 14 topics chosen through an online survey.

Everyone at the Forum will receive the following:

Slides used at the Forum, including workgroup exercise instructions.

The ADK Futures Vision Statement.

The CGA Amendment Working Group White Paper and FAQ


In addition, if you participate in a workgroup you get a set of handouts specific to the workgroup topic.  The 14 workgroup topics and their associated data packets are:

1. Backing off the back country, promoting hamlet life.

2. Recreation and Destination Planning.

3. Thwarting invasive species.

4. The Adirondack response to Climate Change

5. Scaling up the local food sector

6. Forging a regional identity

7. Financing innovations for small businesses

8. Water:  waste treatment, storm management, drinking water

9. Enhancing the stability of our Forest and Agriculture industries

10. Transportation infrastructure improvements

11. Renewable energy

12. Making small school great yet affordable

13. State Land Master Plan update

14. Arts, culture and heritage as drivers of Park revitalization


Hope to see you there.