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Review of 2013
As we look forward to the New Year of 2014, the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce can take pride and satisfaction with our accomplishments and progress in the short time since our beginning in late 2010. Building on our past successes, 2013 was a very good year.
We kicked off the Year 2013 with the exciting 2012 Trailblazer 40 Under 40 Awards event in January. This inaugural event honored up and coming young leaders from every area of Putnam County in the largest, most festive celebration of our business community anyone could remember.
The PC CofC continued its commitment to bring together our elected officials with each other and with Putnam’s business community during our annual Elected Officials Forum in March. This casual meeting of our representatives from the federal to the village level has proven to be a positive opportunity to express concerns and share ideas. We presented to results of the surveys these officials had requested in our 2012 Forum and also the findings of our Industry Cluster Task Force, which identified Commercial Recreation and Arts & Culture as two areas that fit well with Putnam’s unique character and available resources.
In April, we joined with the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation to host the Consolidated Funding Applications (CFA) Workshop. Our partnership with the PCEDC, and its President Meghan Taylor, has helped our county score well with the Regional Economic Development Council in the competition for state funding. Brewster, Carmel and Cold Spring came out as specific winners, but many others are now aware and ready to use this process in the next round.
We made a significant effort to monitor and participate in the government processes that affect our business community. Our comments were heard in the County Legislature on item pricing, a smoking ban, energy issues and budget issues. Our participation in the Transportation Advisory Task Force helped produce a forward looking plan for our public bus system and how we will provide for those with special needs. We co-hosted a purchasing workshop to explain the procedures for our businesses to successfully bid on the many government contracts available at the state and municipal level.
Our Meet & Greet the Candidates event in August provided a non-partisan program for all the candidates in the 2013 elections to present themselves to the public in a friendly, neutral atmosphere. We later co-hosted a candidate debates forum with the League of Women Voters of Putnam County.
The PC CofC built on the information of the Industry Cluster Task Force and the comments at the Elected Officials Forum to create our Community Initiatives Program working on specific projects in each of our six towns to enhance the viability of the commercial districts. Parking, sewer and water districts, street lighting and a master plan have all moved forward thanks to the efforts with our local Chambers.
Putnam’s business community shined brightly at the 2013 Shop Home and Business EXPO in May. It was truly a county-wide event led by an energetic committee from the Mahopac Chamber and hosted at the Putnam Hospital Center.
Throughout the year, the PC CofC Constant Contact and Facebook messages have brought the events and messages of the business community to everyone’s attention. The citizens of Putnam are aware that our business community is available and working on their behalf.
This year’s Trailblazer Success Awards, to be celebrated on Friday, January 31, 2014, is an affirmation of the vitality at all levels of Putnam’s business community – Emerging, Established, Mature, Environmentally Engaged and Socially Conscious.
The Putnam County Chambers of Commerce looks forward to an even more exciting and productive New Year in 2014. We will continue to advocate for the interests of our business community and work with our member Chambers to enhance the conditions and opportunities that will make Putnam County the great place we all want to live and work in.