For the many visitors that say, “I would love to live here, find me a job,” I offer — the Adirondack Teleworks Project.
In October 2011, I attended the Forever Wired Conference at Clarkson University. Since more and more companies are moving employees to offsite locations, the first seminar on my list was on teleworking. The seminar was chaired by state Sen. Betty Little. The guest speaker was a Joshua Ball, the creator of Kentucky Teleworks. His project locates teleworking positions and helps match potential employees with employers.
For those not familiar with the term teleworking, it generally means using the Internet to do work at home, either as a self-employed person, or as an employee of a company located elsewhere.
The information furnished at the seminar provided the stimulus for creating the Adirondack Teleworks Project. The project, while started in Indian Lake, is intended to provide job opportunities to all persons living within the Blue Line and those interested in relocating to the Adirondack Park. This area encompasses 103 different municipalities.
In December 2011, the Adirondack Teleworks Project was privately funded and work began on the website. The website is intended to provide job listings, financial assistance information for businesses (existing or startups) located in the Park or those considering relocation to the Park, and training/education opportunities for individuals interested in becoming a teleworker and/or teleworkers interested in enhancing their skills.
Another aspect of teleworking is that they are “green” jobs. Teleworking jobs have an almost zero carbon footprint. This will allow conservation groups, such as the Adirondack Council and Adirondack Mountain Club, the opportunity to support this initiative. If we can create just one job in each town each year by 2017, we will have added more than 500 jobs to the Adirondack economy. And all of this is possible with a minimal impact on our environment.