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Dear Members,


We invite you as an important stakeholder to join us at our Inaugural Workforce Summit on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m. “Attracting Talent and Getting the Employer-Workforce Ready by 2020 in Otsego County and the Mohawk Valley Region” Co-hosted by The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce and Senator James Seward at The Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, NY. Details attached and we hope to see you there and apart of this meaningful discussion.


Why attend?
Leadership from the private sector and strong public programs are key to creating a highly skilled workforce. The Otsego County and Mohawk Valley Workforce Summit will focus on the areas where greater employer involvement can make a positive difference for the productivity of their companies and the overall quality of our region workforce.

The focus areas of our discussion is around talent recruitment and retainment in the following fields of focus based on member feedback: Healthcare and Health & Human Services, Manufacturing, Information Technology, Hospitality/Tourism.

Essential Skills for Today’s Workforce. These skills are critical for success in life no matter where someone works or goes to school: working well with others, adapting to new information — just showing up on time every day! How can we improve the essential skills of our region workforce?

Career Readiness. This is the latest buzz phrase for preparing students to succeed as adults. What does it meant to be career ready in today’s economy and for the future? How do we make sure we’re preparing students the right way?

Workplace Learning and Apprenticeships. Whether it’s called project-based learning, an apprenticeship or a career pathway, the benefit of learning while doing cannot be overstated. Otsego County needs to  pick up the pace on making work-based learning more widely available.

Plugging In. How, specifically, can employers become engaged in meaningful ways to build a stronger workforce in our region?


Who should attend?
• Policy leaders
• Human resources personnel and HR consultants
• Business owners
• Personnel directors and managers
• Employee relations specialists
• Career and technical educators
• Trade association members
• Education professionals from P-12 and postsecondary
• State and local workforce innovation board members



Barbara Ann Heegan



Join us for a Business After Hours Wednesday October 24, 2018 from 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m. at A.J. Read Science Discovery Center

The A.J. Read Science Discovery Center at SUNY Oneonta has been dazzling young and old alike with the power of science since 1989. Recently reopened and reimagined, the Center now features a beautiful 2000-square foot hands-on exhibit space, a robust—and growing—program of public science events, and, for the first time, a full-time staff.


Please join us for a fun and interactive Business After Hours on October 24th   5:00p.m.-7:00p.m.  and explore compelling exhibits, learn more about our programming, and maybe build a robot or two! To RSVP please e-mail Karen Laing, Member Services Administrator at [email protected] by Monday October 22, 2018.



Join us at the Otsego County Chamber for Labor and Employment Law for Small Employers Friday, October 26, 2018 8:30a.m.-10:00a.m. at Chamber Office 189 Main Street, Oneonta 5th floor


Coughlin and Gerhart attorneys Paul Sweeney and Theresa Levine will present.


Presentation Focus:


• Labor and Employment Law for small employers

• From hiring to firing and the investigations and policies in between including the NEW NYS Sexual Harassment Policy


Cost $10.00 RSVP to Karen Laing, Member Services Administrator at [email protected] by Tuesday October 23, 2018





On Sunday October 28 the Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS) will honor Robert (Bob) Brzozowski, the recipient of GOHS' 18th annual Albert E. Morris Award for contributions to local history. Brzozowski and his family moved to Oneonta in 1996 from Milwaukee, where he was active in Historic Milwaukee, Inc. The Bachman-Brzozowski family joined GOHS in 2000 and in January 2003 the late Sally Mullen named him to a vacancy on the Board of Trustees. In October 2003 he was elected President of the Board and served in that capacity for five of the next six years. On leaving the Board in October 2009, he was named GOHS’ first executive director and remains in this position to date. GOHS president Corinne Smith states that “During his involvement with GOHS, Bob has overseen the evolution of the Society and its Oneonta History Center. His passionate dedication to history and his tireless efforts to support GOHS make him most deserving of this award.” The Morris award, named for the city of Oneonta's first mayor, will be presented at 2:00 PM on October 28 at a reception at the History Center, 183 Main Street. The reception, with refreshments, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact (607) 432-0960 or [email protected]



Join us for a Networking Luncheon November 1, 2018 as we welcome Dr. Barbara Jean Morris, SUNY Oneonta President and the 2018 Leadership Otsego Graduates

The Otsego County Chamber will be hosting November Networking Luncheon! Welcoming Dr. Barbara Jean Morris, NEW SUNY Oneonta President and the 2018 Leadership Otsego Graduates.

Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 11:45am – 1:30pm SUNY Oneonta, Morris Conference Center in the Otsego Grille, 108 Ravine Parkway, Oneonta, NY


Table Sponsor $60 You receive one ticket for the luncheon, a one-minute commercial to talk about your company, a table card with your company logo and a table for your business cards, brochures, any other  promotional items. (only 8 table sponsorship available)  

 Reservation  $25 per person ($35 for Non Members) This is a great opportunity to connect with other local business representatives. Bring your business cards. Details attached.



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