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Dear Members,


Winter Photo Contest

Compete in our Winter Photo Contest by submitting your best photos of Nature Winter Scenes around Otsego County.  We want to spotlight the beauty of Otsego County. We will use the best photos to display on our website and on our Otsego County Chamber Facebook page.  They will also be displayed at The Foothills Performing Arts Center at The Manhattan Transfer Concert onSunday, March 9, 2014 at 6pm as a slide presentation powered by ISD. One grand prize winner will also win two tickets to The Manhattan Transfer Concert at the Foothills Performing Arts Center. The grand prize winner will be picked by the most likes by our Facebook fans.

Enter your photos by sending them to The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce [email protected]. Entries for the contest will be allowed until Monday March 3, 2014 and voting for the contest will end on March 5, 2014 at 11:59pm. In your email entry in the subject line please write “Winter Scene Photo Contest” Also state if you give permission for The Otsego County Chamber to use your photo on our website, Facebook and slide show. Photographs must be in .jpg format, have a resolution of 2 megapixels, and file size cannot exceed 5 MB.  Photos must be electronically submitted through the [email protected] email address.  The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce will display all entries the day we receive them on our Facebook page.


JSEC Presents the 2014 Unemployment Insurance Reform Seminar

presented by Delores Caruso, Director of NYS Department of Labor’s Intergovernmental Affairs. The seminar will cover recent reforms to the Unemployment Insurance program including what the reform does, learn about changes to the Shared Work Program, late response policy, pension payment, dismissal or severance pay, revised job search requirements, requalification standard, and new Contribution Rate Schedules. The seminar will be on Wednesday, March 5th, 8:30 AM Registration, Seminar: 9:00 AM to Noon, at the Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market Street, Oneonta. Costs is $15.00 per person. For reservations call 607-432-4800 x 103  E-mail:[email protected] – Deadline for reservations is March 3rd. HRCI Credit has been requested.



Join us this coming Wednesday for a Ribbon Cutting ceremony to celebrate the Literacy Volunteers of Otsego & Delaware Counties new office space!
The ribbon will be cut at 5:30 PM on February 26, 2014 and an open house with food and refreshments will follow.

The LVODC has dedicated over 20 years to helping those in need to overcome obstacles involving basic literacy in the area. By giving the LVODC a fresh welcome to their new office, we can show our support of an organization that has done so much to empower parents, sons, & daughters into being productive members of our society. Their hard work in this area has been a fantastic contribution to making our community a better place.












LUNCH FREE while LEARNING about NYSERDA Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs


The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce and Mohawk Valley EDGE invite you to a  FREE “Lunch & Learn” event  to be held at noon on Thursday, March 6th at Alfresco’s Italian Bistro, 26 W. Main Street in Oneonta.   While lunching on Alfresco’s pizza and salad,  you’ll be provided with an overview of NYSERDA’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs.  


NYSERDA offers an extensive array of energy efficiency incentive programs for businesses, organizations, municipalities, home owners, etc.   Mark Kaucher, vice-president of Mohawk Valley EDGE,  representing the New York State Economic Development Council as a NYSERDA EDGE Regional Outreach Contractor (ROC), will provide guidance as to which programs might fit with the needs of your particular business, and also how best to access them.


You’ll especially want to attend if you are contemplating any new investments at your place of business and aim to minimize energy-related expenses and maximize return on investment.


RSVP to The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, Shelly Giangrant, Vice President of Member Services

 (607) 432-4500 Ext. 207 or to [email protected] by 5 PM, Monday March 3rd


Please limit attendance to no more than two representatives from each Chamber member business.



The New York State Research & Development Authority  (NYSERDA), a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. The NYSERDA Economic Development Growth Extension (EDGE) Program offers local, regionally-based access to NYSERDA’s energy efficiency, renewable energy and research and development (R&D) programs.  Mohawk Valley Economic Development Growth Enterprises(MVEDGE), a not-for-profit vertically-integrated economic development organization based in Oneida County, is one of 26 NYSERD EDGE Regional Outreach Contractors (ROCs) in New York State providing outreach to commercial , institutional, municipal industrial and residential customers. MVEDGE is the ROC for the Mohawk Valley Region(Otsego-Herkimer-Schoharie-Fulton-Montgomery-Oneida Counties).



For More Information: Contact

Mark Kaucher [email protected]

Vice-President, Economic Development

Mohawk Valley EDGE www.mvedge.org

584 Phoenix Drive, Rome, NY 13441

Tel: (315) 338-0393 / Cell: (315) 271-7276  / Fax: (315)338-5694


Representing the New York State Economic Development Council

as a NYSERDA EDGE Regional Outreach Contractor (ROC)




American Red Cross Trainings at A.O. Fox Hospital


Sat., Mar 8th9:00-11:30am, Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED skill practice session for lay responders (online pre-work required)

Sat.., Mar 8th, Noon-3:00pm, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers skill practice session (online pre-work required)

Sat., Apr 12th, 9:00am-3:00pm, Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED full classroom training

Sat., May 3rd, 9:00am-3:30pm, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer full classroom training


Registration is required at 1-800-733-2767 or www.redcross.org/take-a-class




























































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