Regional Partnerships

Fort Drum Soldiers

The Development Authority partners with many public and private organizations across the region to improve the health and well-being of the citizens and communities in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties.

Drum Country Business



A partnership of the Development Authority of the North Country, Jefferson County Job Development Corporation, Lewis County Office of Economic Development and Planning, St. Lawrence County IDA Local Development Corporation, Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization and National Grid.  Drum Country Business is an initiative to market the region's economic assets including our proximity to the Army post at Fort Drum to site selectors and developers to attract businesses and jobs to our region.  For more information on the region go to


North Country Regional Economic Development Council

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council was created by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2011 as one of ten councils across New York State.  The purpose of the economic development councils are to bring diverse representation from a region's public and private sector together to create plans that reflect their region's specific needs.  The 10 councils then prioritize their region's projects and compete for state resources.  The Development Authority's Executive Director, James Wright, was appointed by Governor Cuomo to serve on the North Country Regional Council.  For more information on the North Country Regional Economic Development Council or to view the North Country Regional Plan go to    


North Country Alliance

North Country Alliance

The North Country Alliance (NCA) is comprised of public and private sector organizations and businesses from across Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton Counties.  The NCA provides a voice for common issues affecting our region's economy, and provides low-interest loans to assist businesses with job growth and development.  The NCA loan fund is capitalized with monies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Intermediary Relending Loan Program and its Rural Business Enterpirse Grant Program, Empire State Small Business Revolving Loan Fund, and the NYS Urban Development Corporation.  The Development Authority is a founding member of the NCA.  To learn more about the North Country Alliance go to  


North Country Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

The Development Authority is pleased to be partnering with the Greater Watertown North Country Chamber of Commerce in marketing the resources of the North Country Procurement Technical Assistance Center.  PTAC provides bid-matching for firms looking to do business with the federal government, and can assist them in becoming certified through the federal and state certification programs.  For more information on the North Country Procurement Technical Assistance Center go to

Fort Drum Soldiers

Since 1984, the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), with its soldiers and their families, have become an integral part of the fabric of the North Country and a driving force behind our economy.