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Dear Chamber Members,


Sharon Springs Harvest Fest September 14-September 15

City of Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig would like to share and invite chamber members to the upcoming Sharon Springs Harvest Fest.  For the past several years, the Beekman Boys have hosted a Sharon Springs Harvest Fest featuring local foods, arts, and products.  Last year, this event attracted more than 20,000 people over two days.


This year, the Beekman Boys were the guest speakers at the annual meeting of NYCOM and invited all mayors to participate and showcase their upstate NY community.  The event will be on September 14 and 15 from 9:00am to 5:00pm.


Trampoline has designed a re-usable booth for us for this event and future events (a drawing of which is attached).  Now we need volunteers at the booth.  Members are invited to consider volunteering for a couple of hours on either Saturday or Sunday.


Spend the day at the Fest and use a couple of hours promoting the City of Oneonta.


There will be give-aways and, hopefully, a video will be ready to be shown.  Volunteers are welcome to bring material to distribute and display that promote their business or organization.


It is a nice way to both enjoy a special event and to help introduce Oneonta to visitors.  Please let me know of times some Chamber representatives may be willing to participate. If interested in volunteering please let Barbara Ann know at your earliest convenience at [email protected] or call (607) 432-4500. Thank you!





The Southern Tier 8 Regional Board obtained a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to complete a Regional Energy Infrastructure Assessment & Strategy. The project aims to: increase the use of alternative energy, energy storage and local, distributed generation in the region; improve the reliability, efficiency and resiliency of the region’s energy infrastructure if/as needed; and to support economic development in the Southern Tier 8 region (Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Tioga and Tompkins Counties). Please complete the survey via the link provide or by mailing the attached survey back as listed on document. Deadline has been extended to September 13, 2019. Thank you! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CMR7PNC




JSEC is sponsoring a Best Practices for Workplace Investigations seminar on Wednesday & Thursday, September 11th & 12th, at MidYork Library System, 1600 Lincoln Avenue, Utica, NY. Cost for this seminar is $145.00 per person. Attached is the flyer.


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The Education Committee of The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce invites you to submit proposals for the

2019 2nd Annual Mohawk Valley Workforce Summit “Pathways to Prosperity”

Hosted by Otsego County Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, October 10, 2019

SUNY Oneonta-Otsego Grille


15-30-minute workshop sessions will be scheduled between 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, September 16, 2019

Please e-mail proposals to Otsego County Chamber Barbara Ann Heegan, President & CEO at: [email protected] call with questions at (607) 432-4500


The 2019 Workforce Summit will be held Thursday, October 10, 2019. Educators, workforce and economic developers, Work Ready Community leaders, employers, and industry partners will get the inside track during our second annual Workforce Summit. #Pathways to Prosperity Workforce Summit will showcase collaborative and innovative practices to help students and job seekers succeed and communities thrive and prosper.

We expect diverse attendance at the Summit, representative of secondary education, including Career and Technical Education, post-secondary education, community and technical colleges (credit and non-credit), adult education and literacy programs, state and local workforce development, youth program specialists, vocational rehabilitation, re-entry programs, chambers of commerce, industry associations, employers, and human resource specialists.

Proposal Criteria

The 2019 Workforce Summit workshops should demonstrate evidence-based best practices or innovative programs/practices that convey new ideas or approaches in the Mohawk Valley Region.


This year, there will be 4 general tracks for workshops, but we welcome all ideas for proposals:

4 General Tracks include:

·        1.)Proven strategies for improving outcomes for individuals with low-income and/or barriers to education/employment, including adult basic education, re-entry, adults/youth with disabilities, substance misuse/addiction

·        2.) Effective employer/business strategies with education and workforce development

·        3.) High-performing Career & Technical Education/career readiness programs that lead to credential attainment, postsecondary, apprenticeship and/or workplace success

·        4.) Successful collaboration and partnerships, such as relationships with education and industry

Summit attendees appreciate workshops that present useful and practical information, that focus on solutions not (problems), and how the model/strategies can be replicated. Lessons learned, obstacles overcome, key drivers, and useful tools are also valued.  Thank you in advance for your submissions.

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