When the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce was founded nearly 5 years ago, it instantly added a certain gravitas to the local business communities vis a vis county, regional and state legislators. Putnam businesses needed to be heard, and today their collective voice is heard loud and clear throughout the halls of government office buildings. Conversely, an effective means of communication with elected officials was established, with the Chambers serving as a conduit to the area business community for urgent messages from our political leaders.
Bill Nulk, President/CEO of the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce, attends almost every single legislative meeting and keeps us up-to-date on what is happening that could affect the business community. The administration has allowed us to have a seat at the table and if there’s any decision affecting the business community they give us time to seek the opinion of the stakeholders involved. We are asked to join task force groups and issue forums.
Bill addressed the Audit Committee on July 27, thanking the Legislature for recognizing the Business Community in its decisions. Our presence at these meetings has helped provide the perspective of business that had been lacking in prior years. The issues may not always turn out our way, but there is true communication and collaboration by the Legislature and Putnam’s business leaders.
Some of the this year’s events that promoted Putnam’s business community include the Trailblazer Awards event last February, Elected Officials Forum in March, the Shop Putnam Business and Home Expo with the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce on April 19, the Annual Meeting with Empire State Development and Pattern For Progress on May 5, a CFA presentation by Meghan Taylor, and a great State of the Region review by Pattern for Progress.
Next up – the County Budget, to be announced very soon. The Putnam County Chambers of Commerce will be watching and commenting throughout the budget review process, prior to its Nov 1 adoption date.
– Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce