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Shopping Local…. Via A Web-Based App

Finding the perfect gift in Putnam just got easier. Putnam County Tourism has teamed up with the Putnam Chambers of Commerce to launch an interactive map to promote ideal places to shop this holiday season and beyond. The mobile friendly map can be found online at, and businesses interested in being identified on the map can submit their information though a link found on the site. “The shopping opportunities in Putnam are really some of the county’s hidden jewels,” said Libby Pataki, director of Putnam County Tourism. “Our commerce districts and Main Streets have businesses that carry the must-have items and provide top-of-the-line customer service. This map shows people all the wonderful gifts that can be purchased within the county.”

The map can be customized to reflect the user’s location and identify various retail, dining and gift-oriented service businesses in close proximity or throughout Putnam County based on over 20 categories of interest. A person can click on a category, find a store and get directions and/or a link to the business’ website. The map is a great tool to promote commerce in Putnam County, and this was an opportunity to partner with Putnam Tourism with the blessing of County Executive Maryellen Odell to develop a resource that can be used at the holidays and any time of year. With so many people using their cellphones and tablets to help in their shopping decisions, this new initiative is putting the businesses in Putnam on a better playing field than ever before.

It is refreshing to work with a team that is prioritizing the business communities’ needs. I am so excited to see what 2015 has in store for the business community! The map will also be available under the Shop Putnam tab of the Putnam County Cares app, available through the Google Play Store and on Mac App Store.

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

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