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Together we all achieve more

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Together We Always Achieve More


This past November 19th every town within Putnam County was represented at the 2nd combined meeting of the Town, Zoning and Planning boards, hosted by the Putnam County Chamber’s of Commerce. Each Town gave a report on projects they are currently working on, issues they are facing and their hopes for the future, and many commonalities were found amongst all the towns.  It comes as no surprise that DEP restrictions and lack of infrastructure were key points of concern as well as lack of high tech communication throughout the County.   The Industry cluster Task force also gave a summary of their findings as a result of meeting for the past 6 months.  The task force has identified Arts and Culture and Commercial Recreation as the first two areas to focus on. These genres align with the County’s focus to promote tourism within its borders. The task force is looking to first create the necessary support structure to be put into place and then will organize a marketing campaign to attract these businesses to our County.  The ultimate goal would be to fill any and all vacancies with the County and then to move on to shovel ready projects. EDC Chairman, Tom LePerch opined that there are plenty of shovel ready projects in the County, we just need to make the environment more attractive to prospective businesses. 


For these clusters to grow and thrive, local governments must make changes,  such as more favorable zoning rules and marketing efforts which would include getting the information out to all Towns and available resources. Simultaneously we should be focusing on relieving unfunded mandates so we money can be invested in necessary infrastructure improvements. Public/private partnerships are much needed to accomplish these goals, and we’re excited to get to work!



-Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce, Business Strategist/ Associate Broker Keller Williams NY Realty


The full version of the Task force report as well as video ( up next week) of the meeting is available on

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Attendees: Jennifer Maher, John Molloy, Craig Paeprer, Louis Tartaro, Thomas Mcnulty, Michael Leonard, Mary Finger, Wendy Whetsel, Lynne Eckardt, Tom LaPerch, Steve Katz, Barbara Scuccimarra, Bob Zubrychi.