Rick MacLeod Farley, Macleod Farley and Associates
Rick’s presentation, “Securing Financial Partnerships for your Tribal Tourism Project”, will highlight Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s recent success at securing more than $2 Million in funding for their Akwesasne Tourism Industry Development initiative.
Rick MacLeod Farley has been extensively involved in Indigenous tourism and ecotourism development for the past three decades. He worked as a tribal council regional economic coordinator from 1990 to 1994. Since 1995, Rick and his boutique firm have been hired by Indigenous communities across Canada as well as in Alaska and New York to assist with project planning and development. He has helped secure more than $45M in project funding.
Rick will share detailed tactics and steps on how to develop your tourism project and secure financial and other partnerships. He will share examples of past and current Indigenous ecotourism and tourism projects. Rick’s ‘Group of Seven’ Artists inspired presentation includes financing tactics ‘from the field’ including creating phases, telling your story, imagery and visuals, dealing with curve balls and dead ends, persistence and prompt follow-up. Rick speaks passionately to the need to support Indigenous leadership at all levels of tourism and ecotourism development including local, regional, national and international.
Rick is planning to co-present with Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Director of Economic Development Christopher Thompson who will share some of their work to date on Akwesasne Tourism Development including their success in securing over $2.1 million in funding approvals in the last twelve months for their tourism initiative.