The 2015 CFA program will be announced at the Putnam County Training Operations Building at the Donald B. Smith Campus, 112 Old Route 6, Carmel, on May 27 from 3-6PM, in a collaborative session hosted by the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation, the Putnam County Planning, Development and Public Transportation Department in conjunction with Pace University Land Use Law Center and supported by the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce. Former Putnam EDC President Meghan Taylor will present the information about the current CFA, followed by a question and answer session. Immediately following, the Land Use Law Center will facilitate a dialogue over funding priorities and grant opportunity collaborations for 2015 Consolidated Funding., based on ideas discussed in workshops held during March.
According to a letter signed jointly by Deputy County Executive Bruce Walker, Putnam Chambers President Bill Nulk, and Putnam EDC Chair Jeff Kellogg, it is also hoped that the event “will open a dialog amongst local communities to discuss ways to develop joint applications in support of some of the priority projects that span more than one municipality and include opportunities for public-private partnerships.” This is a great idea because in order to be successful we need our community leaders and elected officials to not only come to the meeting but formulate plans and ask for the money needed to facilitate Putnam County’s economic growth agenda in the years ahead.
As County Executive Maryellen Odell says, “You have to be in it to win it, but even more so, you have to be in it smart.” By working together and coupling businesses and municipalities, we likely will get a better share of a larger pie when the next round of awards are announced. We at the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce urge area officials to actively participate in this process and help this effort succeed.
– Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce