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Economic Development Efforts are Paying Off!

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Recently, a commentator in another newspaper boasted that businesses in downtown Mahopac are booming.  It’s true that Mahopac is becoming a destination in its own right, where people can walk, shop, dine and now can even enjoy some culture with the new Gallery “Look Art”.  Clearly all the tools are there for quite an economic surge in Mahopac.  It has everything one could possibly want in a commerce district centered on a breathtaking lake. Sure some improvements are still needed, such as more convenient parking and a better exit off the bike path, but all in all it is a very viable commerce district.


I believe each of our towns has something unique that could attract visitors from other towns, counties and even across state lines.  Downtown Carmel has a picturesque view along Lake Gleneida, access to main roadways and room to grow.  Kent has its natural resources such as Fahnestock, Veterans Park and lots of other beautiful places to hike swim and fish. Brewster has its beautiful architecture and small village charm. Cold Spring has the majestic Hudson River and towering mountains serving as a backdrop for shopping, festivals, and fun. Putnam Valley has Lake Oscawana, agriculture, parks, sunken mines and a Norman Rockwell quality to it. Patterson has  recreation to go along with its pretty town – the Great Swamp plus the county’s only skiing facility and rolling hills with spectacular views!


The Putnam County Chambers of Commerce looks forward to working with each town to attract businesses that provides culture and improves quality of life. After all we are a reflection of our community, so let us continue to improve and grow. In every town, village and hamlet there is work to be done and that is where we will find the passion to get it done – among those who live work and play in our downtowns.


-Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce