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In Putnam County, people tend to be pretty committed to strong political viewpoints. As such it has been a rarity these days to see a truly contested general election, and primary results seem to be the major factor in deciding who is elected to our local governments. Certainly redistricting and new candidates may alter the landscape somewhat this year, but still it is of vital importance for the electorate to be informed and show up at the polls on Primary Day, September 13, 2012, from 6AM-9PM. Business owners need to have a say in who their representatives are, and while it is not the purpose of this column to advise for or against a particular candidate, it’s definitely important for us all to be informed and cast our ballots for the individuals we prefer.
So many major issues are at stake this year – the idea of bringing industry clusters to Putnam, taxes and regulation on current businesses, development and quality of life for residents, etc. Clearly its important to have a say in how these concerns are addressed, and participation in the voting process ensures that you will be heard come November.
Chambers of commerce do not take partisan stances but the strong ones do become active in advocating for local businesses. The Putnam County Chambers of Commerce is conducting a survey to help determine needs and wants for building sustainable industry clusters in our communities – available at putnamchamberny.org/public-survey.html or putnamchamberny.org/business-owner-survey.html . Ideally, new businesses will fill vacant buildings first and then move into newly-developed space; of course in reality there will be a combination of both. The end result will be an improvement in the economic conditions of our county, one way or another. As we utilize tools such as the survey and other available data, we are gathering vital data to help facilitate coordinated planning for our future.
-Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce