Time For A Change At The Chamber


After 8 years in existence, the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce is about to embark on it’s
next phase. We have had the same chairwoman and many of the same board members for our
entire existence. It is time to change things up!


The first order of business will be a name change. In October we voted on a by-law change that
made us autonomous from other Chambers for the first time. This will allow for us to speak on
topics that affect business at county, state and federal levels without having to go through all the political red-tape. Our re-positioning of the County organization also eliminates the perception of being in competition with the local Chambers of Commerce.

We feel this simpler way of operating will free us up to play a stronger support role in the
economic development and improvement of the business climate of Putnam County. The
emphasis will be placed on infrastructure and building a tax base of ratables (properties that
provide tax income for local governments) to offset high current taxes that have a stranglehold
on both commercial and residential properties.


The second order of business, a new board. We are looking for people who are in a leadership
position at the larger corporations in the county or businesses that are impacted on a county, state and federal level. We will provide more programs, support and education for not for profits, minority and women owned businesses and the restaurant/hospitality businesses.


The last item we will strive for will be a bit more networking. We will begin with a quarterly
breakfast series intended to educate and support business owners. We look forward to putting
together an annual program that is unique and great value to all who participate.


Would you like to get involved? If interested, please contact us at Info@putnamchamberny.org


-Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, the Putnam County Business Council, “A business advocacy group”



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