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The Year of Business Development

As your passionate local advocate for area businesses and entrepreneurs, the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce is excited that County Executive Maryellen Odell has proclaimed 2016 the Year of Business Development.  Her actions will place an all-important focus on the need to push forward with an aggressive agenda to not only identify areas to improve the business climate but to implement practical strategies to get things done and achieve tangible results.

We have 2 events coming up to plan and implement this concept.  First, a discussion of the Putnam County Chamber’s legislative priorities at  a lunch meeting – Tuesday, April 5th, 11:30 – 1:00 pm at Cornerstone Park in Carmel, open to all in the business community.   Later in the month, there will be annual Elected Officials’ forum Sunday, April 17, from 1 to 3, pm, also at Cornerstone Park.

At these meetings, we hope to lay the foundation for all the work that needs to be done, in order to drive economic development forward. The list of priorities is, but not limited to the following:  Infrastructure, identifying shovel ready projects, filling commercial vacancies, developing a healthy business climate by developing our workforce, improving public transportation and steering legislative priorities, getting on the radar for NYS Economic development project opportunities, and opposing New York State mandates.

We must act.  The chamber is going to be inviting the heads of the Economic team to the table; EDC, IDA, Tourism, Legislative reps and the local chambers to have a frank conversation on what we need to do to get our economic development into high gear.  With the state’s seemingly antibusiness quest for a “Campaign for Economic Justice” and the dramatic presidential campaign making the Federal future uncertain, it is more important than ever to dig deep locally and get things done!

– Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce

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