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New efforts to make Clinton County a tourism hub

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CLINTON COUNTY, N.Y. -

Colin Read co-owns The Champlain Wine Company in downtown Plattsburgh and a wine farm in Mooers. He says the Adirondack Coast Wine trail is one of the longest wine trails in New York but few know about it.

"Goes right by here, it also goes out to Morrisonville, there's a winery out there. And it goes up through Mooers where our farm winery actually is, and then through Chazy and then back down to here," he says.

But the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail is about to get some promotion. It's one of six projects along the waterfront in Clinton County to receive funding from Albany.

"Here in Clinton County the Waterfront has always been one of those objectives. How do we get more access to the waterfront, how do we really bring people to the waterfront, how do we utilize it better?" says Kristy Kennedy with the North Country Chamber of Commerce.

The waterfront revitalization effort first started in 2011.

"There's been about $1.5 million that's been set aside for different projects. This last round it was about $200,000 that was awarded. What was really great too is it went to all corners of Clinton County," Kennedy says.

The goal of the regional waterfront program is to make Clinton County the best possible place to live, work, and visit. A planned expansion of the Saranac River trail from Plattsburgh to Saranac is on the list of upcoming projects.

The list of waterfront projects also includes:

Plattsburgh City Beach Development

Plattsburgh Whitewater Park Feasibility Analysis

A Rouses Point Welcome Center

Development of Peru's Main Street

And signage for the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail

$45,000 in state funds is going towards placing signage for the wine trail. Read hopes it will create more traffic to his business.

"We hope this is going to be a magnet that will bring a lot more tourists down here than otherwise would have," says Read.

The North Country Chamber of Commerce says this money awarded for the Clinton County waterfront projects is expected to speed up their progress.

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