The Putnam County Chambers of Commerce Celebrates Three Years As Our Countywide Business Organization
Before 2010, Putnam County had no unifying, countywide business organization, relying instead on local business organizations whose main focus, as it should be is networking and community events. These local organizations also do their best to promote and maintain the various local economies. That changed in September, 2010, when all six local chambers and the Putnam County Independent Business Alliance came together to found the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce (PCC), creating one strong voice for advocacy and business development.
ThePCChas dedicated efforts to bringing Putnam’s elected officials and Planning/Zoning boards together for various forums at all levels of government. These forums have fostered better communication between business and elected leaders, and the exchange of best practices. ThePCCmonitors local and state governments and has had an impact in the development of an Item Pricing law that is fair and reasonable, and full and proper hearings on issues such as the Indian Point evacuation zone, ban on tobacco sales in facilities with pharmacies, and the bike path sponsorship program. Its positive involvement has been noted in the Kent Sewer District and zoning amendments regarding signage and commercial parking. PCC is working ex officio with the Village of Brewster on the “Envision Brewster” project that will completely revitalize that business district.
ThePCCinaugurated the entrepreneurial Trailblazer Awards program which highlights the best of Putnam’s business leadership, and its enthusiastic business community. Chamber leadership participates in the county’s Transportation Advisory Council, the governor’s Regional Economic Development Council, and works closely with Putnam EDC President Meghan Taylor to gain better access to funding for projects in the county and recognition of potential opportunities. ThePCCco-hosts workshops for the Consolidated Funding Application process. The PCC has also held mixers attended by businesspeople from all over the county which creates larger networking opportunities for all.
Finally, thePCChas been at the forefront of social media communication, helping exchange ideas among the over 900 businesses who comprise our six participating chambers , across all of Putnam County. Look for big changes to come in 2014.
-Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, thePutnamCountyChambers of Commerce