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.
The Development Authority was created in 1985 by the New York State Legislature to develop and manage the infrastructure needed to support the reactivation of the 10
Mountain Division at Fort Drum, and to serve the common interests of Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. The Authority operates as a revenue-based public benefit corporation, independent of state operational funding.
An unpaid 13-member
Board of Directors
sets the policy and strategic direction of the Authority, which is then implemented by executive management and staff.
The mission of the Development Authority of the North Country is to serve the common interests of Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties by providing technical services and infrastructure, which will enhance economic opportunities in the region and promote the health and well-being of its communities.
Since the time the Authority was created, the coinciding needs of Fort Drum and the region as a whole have resulted in benefits for both. The Development Authority of the North Country is unique among public authorities in New York State in its scope of activities. Unlike other single-purpose state authorities, the Development Authority owns and operates a number of revenue-based infrastructure facilities including water and wastewater facilities, an extensive fiber optic network and a regional landfill.
Due to its geographic scope, the Authority has evolved into a problem-solving partner in regional development and is the region’s largest provider of shared services. Staff manages a wide range of business and housing loan programs that encourage growth and contribute to the prosperity of communities. Authority staff with a wide range of expertise provide fee-based technical services to municipalities including consolidation studies, Geographic Information System hosting and the management of water and wastewater facilities.