In our area, the potential for economic development can be limited.
Whether it is the lack of infrastructure - such as water and sewer service - or stringent regulations governing land use, such as what landowners in the Adirondack Park encounter, there can be significant obstacles to improving the economy.
Tourism, however, can be a simple way for many locations to boost their economies. Beautiful scenery and fun activities close to nature - all in a setting away from crowded urban areas, which can deliver some peaceful solitude - appeal to millions of people.
Yet, people need to know where they can find these things.
In that light, we think the new mayor of Northville is right in saying there needs to be more publicity for events in the village. John Spaeth said he is looking to lure more tourists and, eventually, residents.
The mayor has the right idea. While Northville may not be suited for large, industrial development, generating more tourism is realistic.
A couple of recent developments could make getting more tourists to stop and visit even easier. The Northville-Lake Placid Trail will have a new starting point in Northville. Currently, the trail runs from Benson through the Adirondacks to Lake Placid.
The village's historic district also is due to be placed on the state and national registers of historic places. That dovetails nicely with the state's efforts at promoting tourism of historic sites in New York.
Of course, Northville already is well suited to bring in tourists: It is inside the scenic Adirondack Park, just off of the well-traveled Route 30, on the shores of the beautiful Great Sacandaga Lake.
Northville - and the area around the village - should focus on what it can do to promote what it has to offer.