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A friendly reminder, The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to a celebration of the county’s Sustainable Success on Thursday, July 19, 2018 beginning with a networking reception at 5:45p.m. at The Oneonta Municipal Airport for a Summer Soiree followed by dinner and awards. If you have never been to the Oneonta Municipal Airport it is worth a trip to visit and learn about the opportunities taking place now at the Oneonta Airport. We will have live music by the group called “Doreen & the Soul Survivors”.  Attached is the Summer Soiree reservation form and ad sponsor form for celebration booklet.  

 

BACK TO THE 80s FUND RAISER


The Greater Oneonta Historical Society will hold a fund raiser at Deer Haven Campground, 180 Deer Haven Lane, on Saturday July 21. Live music will be provided by Flux Capacitor, Otsego County's premier 80s cover band. Admission is $25 for the event, which begins at 6:00 PM and ends at 10:00 PM, rain or shine.  There will be snacks and an open bar with beer, wine, and soft drinks from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and a cash bar from 8:00 to 10:00 PM. Proceeds from the event will be for the History Center building fund and GOHS' Challenge Match campaign, in which two anonymous local donors have pledged to match up to $30,000 in building fund donations received by GOHS between January 1 and August 31 of this year. Tickets are on sale (cash, check, or credit card) at the History Center, 183 Main Street, and at Deer Haven (cash only) in advance and at the event. For more information, contact (607) 432-0960 or [email protected].

 

Greetings! The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce looks forward to seeing you this year at our upcoming golf tournament.

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce is having its 32 Annual Golf Tournament. To be held on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at the Oneonta Country Club. Shot gun starts at 10:00a.m. Registration starts at 9:00am.

We invite you and your colleagues to join us as a sponsor in putting a team together for this event. By being a sponsor in this event you will be promoting your company to a group of people who are very loyal to its sponsors, as well as to the many area professionals who will be participating at the outing itself. Companies likes yours make available the resources that enrich our Business Community and for that we are forever grateful. We are anticipating a highly successful and well-attended outing. Please join the Chamber with our friends, neighbors and colleagues for a fun day with exciting golf course contests and prizes at the end. We are offering various levels of sponsorships. The Chamber Board of Directors thanks you in advance for your support and will work hard for your company in promoting and sharing resources among our membership. We look forward to seeing you there! Please see attached registration form.

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A friendly reminder, The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to a celebration of the county’s Sustainable Success on Thursday, July 19, 2018 beginning with a networking reception at 5:45p.m. at The Oneonta Municipal Airport for a Summer Soiree followed by dinner and awards. If you have never been to the Oneonta Municipal Airport it is worth a trip to visit and learn about the opportunities taking place now at the Oneonta Airport. We will have live music by the group called “Doreen & the Soul Survivors”.  Attached is the Summer Soiree reservation form and ad sponsor form for celebration booklet.  We will be honoring:

  • Oneonta Job Corps Academy as the recipient of the NBT Bank, Quality of Life Award in recognition of their programs and services. Oneonta Job Corps Academy (OJCA), opened in 1980 and is now one of the 126 Job Corps centers found around the country that offers dozens of different vocational opportunities to under-privilege youth ages 16 to 24 years of age, along with individuals with disabilities. The Oneonta Job Corps Academy hosts nine traditional trades in three different clusters: Medical (Clinical Medical Assistant, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Medical Admin Assistant); Automotive (Auto Technician and Auto Collision and Repair); Construction (Electrical, Facility Maintenance, Cement Masonry, and Tile Setting). In addition to these nine initial trades, OJCA is also home to the SMART Grid Advanced Training program that includes Overhead Lineman, Underground Residential Distribution, and Smart Meter and Instrumentation Technician. OJCA continues to be more and more involved in the community. First and foremost, it is a source of employment for nearly 150 people living within the local region. Both staff and students have performed thousands of hours of community service across the region including helping with parking for community events, assisting at the Susquehanna Animal Shelter, the Salvation Army Sunday Meal with a Message, Art Festivals, and so much more. OJCA was involved with the Oneonta Airport project, a two-year renovation project that incorporated the use of about half a dozen trades, including Facility Maintenance, Cement Mason, and Electrical. OJCA has hosted or co-hosts community events such as that Annual OJCA Community Ballgame every August complete with free admission, contests, prizes, and of course …fireworks! Most recently Oneonta Job Corps in partnership with Hudson Valley Community College, SkyOp, and the Oneonta Municipal Airport, is offering an exciting new Advanced Training program for Drone Pilot. Ten students will prepare for the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot exam to become a licensed commercial drone pilot.

 

 

  • The Otsego County Conservation Association the recipient of the NBT Insurance Agency Environmental Stewardship Award of The Otsego County Chamber. This award honors the Otsego County Conservation for enhancing Otsego County’s environment through protection of its land and waters.  The Otsego County Conservation (OCCA) was formed in 1968 by a group of citizens interested in protecting forest resources and the rural nature of Otsego County. Their current mission is to promote the appreciation and sustainable use of natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning and practice.   Since their humble beginnings, OCCA’s focus has grown into areas of conservation that are important to, and involve, local citizens. OCCA’s largest focus area is education and outreach where they engage local citizens through free and open to the public outdoor and lecture environmental education programs, volunteer-based citizen monitoring, and organize two large environmental education events for the county (Earth Festival and Lakes Festival). They also help to preserve natural resources through their research and management efforts including water quality and watershed assessments, and invasive species eradication programs.  Additionally, they are active in land-use planning with their Circuit Rider Planner program, which offers low or no cost planning expertise to local jurisdictions to help better manage their land- use challenges. At OCCA they pride themselves on their scientific background and for their ability to work with a diverse group. Some of their successes over the past 50 years include:
  • Recycling Programs: 
    • OCCA was instrumental in helping Otsego County start the county-wide recycling program.  In 1973, OCCA started the first glass recycling in partnership with the Cooperstown League of Conservation Voters which expanded to accept aluminum.  This center stayed in operation until 1988.
    • Since the mid-1990’s, OCCA has been working with Otsego County and various local jurisdictions to help set up, promote, and educate the public on the importance of recycling. In the early 2000’s, OCCA partnered with the Village of Cooperstown to purchase and set up recycling containers in the village.  Their recycling committee is still active in lobbying for recycling in the county and are active at the monthly Solid Waste and Environmental Concerns Committee (County Board sub-committee).  They are currently partnering with the OC Soil and Water Conservation District to administer the Agricultural Plastics Recycling program, working with local partners to determine the feasibility of Styrofoam recycling, collect “hard-to-get-rid-of” recyclables at Earth Festival, and coordinate volunteers for Household Hazardous Waste Day.

 

We look forward to honoring and celebrating with our award winners on July 19, 2018 and look forward to seeing you there.

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Dear Members,

 

As our healthy economy continues to gain steam, employers face new challenges as they seek skilled employees who can help them grow their organizations and become an integral part of their existing workforce. So, we can better meet your workforce needs, we ask you to complete this short survey by Friday July 13 by clicking on this link:  https://cxvibe.typeform.com/to/DE5rRo. Results will be compiled and shared. Please add specific skills and jobs that are in demand now and in the next 3 years.

Thank you for your participation.

 

Autumn Café to host Grand Re-Opening, Chamber to offer Ribbon Cutting Thursday, July 12 at 5:30p.m.-NEW BEGINNINGS:
In 2017 Wayne and Rebecca Carrington believed that they could ensure the Autumn’s presence on Main Street for years to come… In January 2018 they reopened with a menu centered on traditional favorites and some new forward leaning offerings.

Grand Re-Opening & RIBBON CUTTING for Autumn Cafe:
Thursday, July 12th our community is invited to celebrate a grand re-opening that features a new menu building on the eclectic roots of the café’s and a reimagined deck and raw bar.

Enjoy new ENTREES like the Mill Hollow Maple Glazed Atlantic Salmon, Roasted Garlic and Turmeric Seared Cauliflower Steak with Summer Veggies or the Café Summer Carbonara with local mushrooms, broccoli rabe and roasted tomato.

Be the first to try our new fresh and lite offering of TARTINES made on house – baked café bread or the new Sweet Tea Braised Shaved Pork and Hot Rice POWER BOWL.

Autumn Cafe will of course be celebrating on the deck at the new stocked ice bar with frozen daiquiris and margaritas as well as fresh seafood!

Also enjoy Tyler Henderson jazz pianist!

 

Please RSVP to Karen Laing, Member Services Administrator by this Wednesday at (607) 267-4010 or e-mail at [email protected].

 

Please Join Us!
The Staff and Board of the LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addictions are pleased to invite you to the LEAF Open House and Ribbon Cutting at our new location (189 Main Street) on July 24th from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  Just stop by to say hi, or pull up a chair and stay for a while.  The staff will be available for questions and there will be tours, displays, refreshments, and exhibits for you.  A brief Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce will be held at 5 pm.   

 

 

COMMUNITY YARD SALE ON THE GREEN

AUGUST 11, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Register by July 31st

Find out how cleaning out your unused items can help you and two other organizations who focus on the needs of Youth Development in Oneonta and surrounding communities!

Click for details and registration information

 

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Dear Members,

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to a celebration of the county’s Sustainable Success on Thursday, July 19, 2018 beginning with a cocktail reception at 5:45p.m. at The Oneonta Municipal Airport for a Summer Soiree followed by dinner and awards. Attached is the Summer Soiree reservation form and ad sponsor form for celebration booklet.  We will be honoring:

  • Oneonta Job Corps Academy as the recipient of the NBT Bank, Quality of Life Award in recognition of their programs and services. Oneonta Job Corps Academy (OJCA), opened in 1980 and is now one of the 126 Job Corps centers found around the country that offers dozens of different vocational opportunities to under-privilege youth ages 16 to 24 years of age, along with individuals with disabilities. The Oneonta Job Corps Academy hosts nine traditional trades in three different clusters: Medical (Clinical Medical Assistant, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Medical Admin Assistant); Automotive (Auto Technician and Auto Collision and Repair); Construction (Electrical, Facility Maintenance, Cement Masonry, and Tile Setting). In addition to these nine initial trades, OJCA is also home to the SMART Grid Advanced Training program that includes Overhead Lineman, Underground Residential Distribution, and Smart Meter and Instrumentation Technician. OJCA continues to be more and more involved in the community. First and foremost, it is a source of employment for nearly 150 people living within the local region. Both staff and students have performed thousands of hours of community service across the region including helping with parking for community events, assisting at the Susquehanna Animal Shelter, the Salvation Army Sunday Meal with a Message, Art Festivals, and so much more. OJCA was involved with the Oneonta Airport project, a two-year renovation project that incorporated the use of about half a dozen trades, including Facility Maintenance, Cement Mason, and Electrical. OJCA has hosted or co-hosts community events such as that Annual OJCA Community Ballgame every August complete with free admission, contests, prizes, and of course …fireworks! Most recently Oneonta Job Corps in partnership with Hudson Valley Community College, SkyOp, and the Oneonta Municipal Airport, is offering an exciting new Advanced Training program for Drone Pilot. Ten students will prepare for the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot exam to become a licensed commercial drone pilot.

 

 

  • The Otsego County Conservation Association the recipient of the NBT Insurance Agency Environmental Stewardship Award of The Otsego County Chamber. This award honors the Otsego County Conservation for enhancing Otsego County’s environment through protection of its land and waters.  The Otsego County Conservation (OCCA) was formed in 1968 by a group of citizens interested in protecting forest resources and the rural nature of Otsego County. Their current mission is to promote the appreciation and sustainable use of natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning and practice.   Since their humble beginnings, OCCA’s focus has grown into areas of conservation that are important to, and involve, local citizens. OCCA’s largest focus area is education and outreach where they engage local citizens through free and open to the public outdoor and lecture environmental education programs, volunteer-based citizen monitoring, and organize two large environmental education events for the county (Earth Festival and Lakes Festival). They also help to preserve natural resources through their research and management efforts including water quality and watershed assessments, and invasive species eradication programs.  Additionally, they are active in land-use planning with their Circuit Rider Planner program, which offers low or no cost planning expertise to local jurisdictions to help better manage their land- use challenges. At OCCA they pride themselves on their scientific background and for their ability to work with a diverse group. Some of their successes over the past 50 years include:
  • Recycling Programs: 
    • OCCA was instrumental in helping Otsego County start the county-wide recycling program.  In 1973, OCCA started the first glass recycling in partnership with the Cooperstown League of Conservation Voters which expanded to accept aluminum.  This center stayed in operation until 1988.
    • Since the mid-1990’s, OCCA has been working with Otsego County and various local jurisdictions to help set up, promote, and educate the public on the importance of recycling. In the early 2000’s, OCCA partnered with the Village of Cooperstown to purchase and set up recycling containers in the village.  Their recycling committee is still active in lobbying for recycling in the county and are active at the monthly Solid Waste and Environmental Concerns Committee (County Board sub-committee).  They are currently partnering with the OC Soil and Water Conservation District to administer the Agricultural Plastics Recycling program, working with local partners to determine the feasibility of Styrofoam recycling, collect “hard-to-get-rid-of” recyclables at Earth Festival, and coordinate volunteers for Household Hazardous Waste Day.

 

We look forward to honoring and celebrating with our award winners on July 19, 2018 and look forward to seeing you there.

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A friendly reminder of the FREE Workshop tomorrow morning, Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 8:30a.m.-10:00a.m. Regardless of the nature and size of your organization, it’s important to invest in building a strong brand to define your niche in the marketplace and help you stand out from the crowd. Ewelina Zajac-Holdrege and Jocelyn Bailey from IDEA KRAFT will talk about how to create and maintain a brand, with focus on building a powerful and impressive online presence. From visual content creation to social media and email marketing, we will give you the tools to grow your business and attract new clients. We will also talk about our new project, The Best of Otsego County Community Book. You don’t want to miss it! Please RSVP to Barbara Ann Heegan, President & CEO by Monday July 9, 2018 [email protected] or call (607) 267-4010 Ext 103. Members are welcomed to register the morning of the program.

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Café to host Grand Re-Opening, Chamber to offer Ribbon Cutting Thursday, July 12 at 5:30p.m.-NEW BEGINNINGS:
In 2017 Wayne and Rebecca Carrington believed that they could ensure the Autumn’s presence on Main Street for years to come… In January 2018 they reopened with a menu centered on traditional favorites and some new forward leaning offerings.

Grand Re-Opening & RIBBON CUTTING for Autumn Cafe:
Thursday, July 12th our community is invited to celebrate a grand re-opening that features a new menu building on the eclectic roots of the café’s and a reimagined deck and raw bar.

Enjoy new ENTREES like the Mill Hollow Maple Glazed Atlantic Salmon, Roasted Garlic and Turmeric Seared Cauliflower Steak with Summer Veggies or the Café Summer Carbonara with local mushrooms, broccoli rabe and roasted tomato.

Be the first to try our new fresh and lite offering of TARTINES made on house – baked café bread or the new Sweet Tea Braised Shaved Pork and Hot Rice POWER BOWL.

Autumn Cafe will of course be celebrating on the deck at the new stocked ice bar with frozen daiquiris and margaritas as well as fresh seafood!

Also enjoy Tyler Henderson jazz pianist!

 

Please RSVP to Karen Laing, Member Services Administrator by this Wednesday at (607) 267-4010 or e-mail at [email protected].

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Dear Members,

 

We hope to see you at this FREE Workshop this coming Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 8:30a.m.-10:00a.m. Regardless of the nature and size of your organization, it’s important to invest in building a strong brand to define your niche in the marketplace and help you stand out from the crowd. Ewelina Zajac-Holdrege and Jocelyn Bailey from IDEA KRAFT will talk about how to create and maintain a brand, with focus on building a powerful and impressive online presence. From visual content creation to social media and email marketing, we will give you the tools to grow your business and attract new clients. We will also talk about our new project, The Best of Otsego County Community Book. You don’t want to miss it! Please RSVP to Barbara Ann Heegan, President & CEO by Monday July 9, 2018 [email protected] or call (607) 267-4010 Ext 103.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Members,

 

We hope you are staying cool on this true summer day. Recently, a survey developed in partnership with Colgate University and Pathfinder Village was sent out to each of your inboxes. If you have not yet had the chance, we hope that you will take the time to complete it. Doing so will help us to better understand local business engagement with the intellectual and/or developmental disability community and is part of a larger project that we believe will ultimately improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Otsego County. We hope the results of this survey can help the development of innovative opportunities for employment for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, as well as potentially address some of the workforce challenges in the region.

 

We thank you very much for your participation. Additionally, if you are interested in learning more about hiring individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, please do not hesitate to reach out to [email protected].

 

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WTP2XG9

 

The City of Oneonta Downtown improvement Fund Meetings-A Downtown Improvement Fund Meetings Today

This is a friendly reminder that there are two more sessions today for The Downtown Improvement Fund grant program. Session at 1:00p.m.-2:00p.m. and then 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m. at The Foothills Performing Arts Center. The Otsego County Chamber President, Barbara Ann Heegan will be at the 1:00p.m. session today for businesses unable to attend any of the sessions today. Any business that is interested in the program please feel free to contact the Chamber for assistance or contact directly Elizabeth Horvath, Senior Project Manager with Delaware Engineering at (607) 432-8073. Details attached for more information. We are excited to see this phase of the program begin.

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Greetings! The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce looks forward to seeing you this year at our upcoming golf tournament.

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce is having its 32 Annual Golf Tournament. To be held on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at the Oneonta Country Club. Shot gun starts at 10:00a.m. Registration starts at 11:30am.



We invite you and your colleagues to join us as a sponsor in putting a team together for this event. By being a sponsor in this event you will be promoting your company to a group of people who are very loyal to its sponsors, as well as to the many area professionals who will be participating at the outing itself. 


Companies likes yours make available the resources that enrich our Business Community and for that we are forever grateful. We are anticipating a highly successful and well-attended outing. Please join the Chamber with our friends, neighbors and colleagues for a fun day with exciting golf course contests and prizes at the end. We are offering various levels of sponsorships. The Chamber Board of Directors thanks you in advance for your support and will work hard for your company in promoting and sharing resources among our membership. We look forward to seeing you there! 


Please see attached registration form.

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Dear Members,

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce our Sustainable Success Award Winners in Otsego County.  This year’s winners are:

 

  • Oneonta Job Corps Academy as the recipient of the NBT Bank, Quality of Life Award in recognition of their programs and services. Oneonta Job Corps Academy (OJCA), opened in 1980 and is now one of the 126 Job Corps centers found around the country that offers dozens of different vocational opportunities to under-privilege youth ages 16 to 24 years of age, along with individuals with disabilities. The Oneonta Job Corps Academy hosts nine traditional trades in three different clusters: Medical (Clinical Medical Assistant, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Medical Admin Assistant); Automotive (Auto Technician and Auto Collision and Repair); Construction (Electrical, Facility Maintenance, Cement Masonry, and Tile Setting). In addition to these nine initial trades, OJCA is also home to the SMART Grid Advanced Training program that includes Overhead Lineman, Underground Residential Distribution, and Smart Meter and Instrumentation Technician. OJCA continues to be more and more involved in the community. First and foremost, it is a source of employment for nearly 150 people living within the local region. Both staff and students have performed thousands of hours of community service across the region including helping with parking for community events, assisting at the Susquehanna Animal Shelter, the Salvation Army Sunday Meal with a Message, Art Festivals, and so much more. OJCA was involved with the Oneonta Airport project, a two-year renovation project that incorporated the use of about half a dozen trades, including Facility Maintenance, Cement Mason, and Electrical. OJCA has hosted or co-hosts community events such as that Annual OJCA Community Ballgame every August complete with free admission, contests, prizes, and of course …fireworks! Most recently Oneonta Job Corps in partnership with Hudson Valley Community College, SkyOp, and the Oneonta Municipal Airport, is offering an exciting new Advanced Training program for Drone Pilot. Ten students will prepare for the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot exam to become a licensed commercial drone pilot.

 

 

  • The Otsego County Conservation Association the recipient of the NBT Insurance Agency Environmental Stewardship Award of The Otsego County Chamber. This award honors the Otsego County Conservation for enhancing Otsego County’s environment through protection of its land and waters.  The Otsego County Conservation (OCCA) was formed in 1968 by a group of citizens interested in protecting forest resources and the rural nature of Otsego County. Their current mission is to promote the appreciation and sustainable use of natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning and practice.   Since their humble beginnings, OCCA’s focus has grown into areas of conservation that are important to, and involve, local citizens. OCCA’s largest focus area is education and outreach where they engage local citizens through free and open to the public outdoor and lecture environmental education programs, volunteer-based citizen monitoring, and organize two large environmental education events for the county (Earth Festival and Lakes Festival). They also help to preserve natural resources through their research and management efforts including water quality and watershed assessments, and invasive species eradication programs.  Additionally, they are active in land-use planning with their Circuit Rider Planner program, which offers low or no cost planning expertise to local jurisdictions to help better manage their land- use challenges. At OCCA they pride themselves on their scientific background and for their ability to work with a diverse group. Some of their successes over the past 50 years include:
  • Recycling Programs: 
    • OCCA was instrumental in helping Otsego County start the county-wide recycling program.  In 1973, OCCA started the first glass recycling in partnership with the Cooperstown League of Conservation Voters which expanded to accept aluminum.  This center stayed in operation until 1988.
    • Since the mid-1990’s, OCCA has been working with Otsego County and various local jurisdictions to help set up, promote, and educate the public on the importance of recycling. In the early 2000’s, OCCA partnered with the Village of Cooperstown to purchase and set up recycling containers in the village.  Their recycling committee is still active in lobbying for recycling in the county and are active at the monthly Solid Waste and Environmental Concerns Committee (County Board sub-committee).  They are currently partnering with the OC Soil and Water Conservation District to administer the Agricultural Plastics Recycling program, working with local partners to determine the feasibility of Styrofoam recycling, collect “hard-to-get-rid-of” recyclables at Earth Festival, and coordinate volunteers for Household Hazardous Waste Day.

 

Our award winners are assets to Otsego County, truly meet the criteria for “Sustainable Success” and have made a positive impact on the lives of Otsego County residents. The award winners will be honored at the Chamber’s Summer Soiree that will be held on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Oneonta Municipal Airport.  Cocktail reception begins at 5:45 p.m. followed by dinner and award ceremony. I look forward to celebrating the successes of the honorees at our summer soiree.  To share with our members new approaches to sustainability and to promote pioneering examples of excellence is ultimately a great way to share county wide best practices and success based on results.

Thank you to our members for your contributions to Otsego County.  

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Dear Members,

 Below is a link to a survey developed in partnership with Colgate University and Pathfinder Village designed to assess local business engagement with the intellectual and/or developmental disability community. We hope that you will take the time to complete it, and greatly appreciate your responses. Participation is completely voluntary, and no identifying information will be collected. It is our hope that the results of this survey will help inform programs that will increase employment opportunities for the intellectual and/or developmental disability community, and we thank you very much in advance for your time and consideration. Additionally, if you are interested in learning more about hiring individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, please do not hesitate to reach out to [email protected].

 

Survey Link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WTP2XG9

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Dear Members,               

 

The City of Oneonta is applying for grant assistance through the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) 2018 Aviation Capital Grant Program for the purposes of replacing the airport’s existing aircraft fuel farm with two new 12,000 gallon tanks; one for Jet A, and one for Av Gas, in a new location remote from the terminal building. This equipment and improvements would provide the airport with the capability to fuel small and business-jet aircraft safely, efficiently and quickly, representing large steps toward making the Airport an economically self-sustaining asset for the City of Oneonta and Otsego County. In addition the existing undreground tanks are at nearing the end of their useful life and will eventual pose an evironmental risk.

 

At this time, we are respectfully requesting a letter addressed to Mr. Gerardo Mendoza at New York State DOT supporting this project. Supporting documentation such as the requested letter would substantially improve the City’s chance of receiving this grant, and thus provide tremendous economic benefit to the Airport, the City, and Otsego County area, through increased aircraft fuel sales and increased economic activity outside the airport.

 

Should you be willing to provide such a letter, please understand that time is of the essence, as applications are due on Friday, June 29, 2018. I have attached a sample letter of support for your use that can be added to business letterhead. Please send letter back to  Barbara Ann Heegan via e-mail [email protected] no later then Wednesday June 27, 2018.

 

We sincerely appreciate your assistance with this matter. Should you have questions or require any further information, please feel free to contact the airport’s engineering consultant, Turner Bradford, of McFarland Johnson, 518-580-9380.

 

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Dear Members,

 

Our Spring/Summer issue of Otsego Smart Growth newsletter attached catches up with our chamber members and offers opportunities for members to share their stories. Please send us ongoing your stories for future publication which is sent to our members digitally and by mail. The more stories we receive the more we can offer these publications to promote our members. We look forward to seeing our members at some upcoming events listed below:

 

Otsego Chamber, Otsego Now and SBDC to offer existing businesses opportunity to meet in person to discuss Business Development ideas for businesses wishing to expand. The team will offer our resources to help assist businesses looking for next steps of how to get started and what resources might be available.

When: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 8:30a.m.-10:00a.m.

Location: Otsego Now Offices 189 Main Street Suite 500, Oneonta, NY 13820

RSVP by Monday June 25 to: Barbara Ann [email protected]

 

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Dear Members,

 

We are excited to announce that recently, the Chambers of Commerce of both Cooperstown and Otsego County Chamber have been working in collaboration with Colgate University and Pathfinder Village to create a survey that is part of a larger project to develop innovative opportunities for employment for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, as well as to potentially address some of the workforce challenges in the region. In a few days’ time, a link to this survey will be sent to your inbox, and we hope that you will take the time to complete it. It will not last longer than 5-7 minutes. Its aim is to help increase understanding of local business engagement with the intellectual and/or developmental disability community. We have begun this initiative to develop more effective programs and outreach, and ultimately to help improve quality of life for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Otsego County. Participation is entirely voluntary, responses will be kept anonymous, and no identifying information will be collected. If you choose to participate, the person who completes the survey should be the one at your business most familiar with hiring practices and company finances. We hope that you will choose to complete this survey, and that you will give your thoughtful, honest responses. We sincerely thank you for your time and wish you all the best in this upcoming summer season.

 

Best,

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce


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The Oneonta Vets Club, 279 Chestnut Street, is hosting a fish fry on Friday June 29 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM to benefit the building fund of the Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS). The fish fry dinner includes coleslaw, French fries, rolls, cake, and coffee or tea for $10.00.  Executive Director Bob Brzozowski says, “If you were at last year’s GOHS fish fry at the Vets Club, you know what a delicious meal Wayne Gregory and his team serve.”  The profits from the event will be matched as part of the Building Fund Challenge Match to raise up to $30,000 that will be matched by two anonymous local donors. 

For more information, contact (607) 432-0960 or [email protected].

Distributed by Bob Brzozowski ([email protected], (607) 432-0960).




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Dear Members,

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Chamber Networking Luncheon

For our newest members and expanding businesses don’t miss this great way to promote your business at one of our most popular events. Networking luncheons provide a great opportunity for area business people to promote their business to other professionals interested in what they have to offer or know someone who is. In a roundtable format, business representatives will have 2-4 minutes to promote their own business and distribute promotional and marketing materials. Following this structured networking, guests will be given time to network with the many other professionals in attendance and meet the Oneonta Outlaws and the Leadership Otsego Class of 2018. To make a reservation, please contact, Member Services Administrator, Karen Laing at [email protected] or call (607) 267-4010. Cost for Members is $20 and non-members is $30. Information attached.

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Dear Members,

 

The Otsego County Chamber is excited to introduce you to Cassandra and Jacqueline! Are you familiar with the Destination Marketing Corporation for Otsego County? The DMCOC, by contract with the County of Otsego, is the designated Tourism Promotion Agency (TPA) under the New York State Tourism Matching Funds Program. The purpose of the organization is to actively promote and market Otsego County for encouraging overnight visitation, thus contributing to the economic impact of tourism in our communities through the generation of occupancy tax revenues. The organization is governed by a ten-member Board of Directors which meets six times a year at the agency office, 20 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown. You may know the DMCOC as the hosts of ThisIsCooperstown.com, the county’s leading source for information on attractions, lodging, dining, events and recreation.

 

At the start of 2018, the DMCOC brought on a new team, executive director Cassandra Harrington and executive assistant Jacqueline White. This dynamic duo has been working with the hired advertising agency, BBG&G of the Hudson Valley area, to promote Cooperstown & Otsego County as a great place to visit, for leisure and group travelers alike. As the DMCOC strives to provide people with the tools they need in order to find and visit your tourism business, it is best to make sure that your information is correct on the website, which will soon populate the Central New York and the I LOVE NEW YORK websites with the same data. At their request, please check to verify that your listing is accurate and if you would like to make any changes, list your events on the calendar, or if you would like to host Cassandra and Jacqueline for a visit at your property, please email them at [email protected].  

 

We are thrilled with this team going out to area businesses around Otsego County helping to promote our beautiful County. I encourage you to reach out and share your events and attractions. Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Photo: Cassandra Harrington (left) and Jaqueline White (right) on one of their area visits 2018

 

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Dear Members,

 

This is the LAST CALL to feature your business in the new “Best of Otsego County” book. This publication will reach a thousands of readers in the area, including residents, visitors, Chamber members, business owners and professionals. We’re also offering the following benefits:

 

1. Affordable rates for small businesses

2. Great visuals with a “magazine style” layout

3. Online publication to increase exposure

4. A high quality talent acquisition and retention tool 

 

 

You must reserve your space by June 15th, 2018 to take advantage of this great community and business opportunity. For additional information, you may refer to the attached flier or contact us directly via email or phone.

 

 

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