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Dear Members,


Today Sunday, April 27, 2014  Laurens Central School is hosting the TREP$ Marketplace 1:00p.m.-3:00p.m.at the school located 55 Main Street in Laurens. TREP$ stands for Entrepreneur and this year The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee chaired by Bob Escher and co-chair Kelly Zack-Decker expanded the TREP$ program modeled from the Cooperstown Central School Program. This program was introduced to us by Carolyn Lewis and Carina Franck of Cooperstown that are parents and community leaders. This program is sponsored by Mang Insurance. TREP$ teaches students how to write a business plan and launch a product of their own and promote it to the community. It is exciting to see firsthand our future business leaders right here in Otsego County! This program will continue each year and was expanded also this year to Milford Central School. Next year we will be adding additional schools around Otsego County. This strong network of students is a true asset to our business community! The Otsego County Chamber Education Committee is pleased to advance these educational opportunities to ensure the success of our youth working as partners with our schools, communities and area businesses.




In Spirit of Collaboration and in efforts to all work in the same direction, The Otsego County Chamber members have been invited to a very informative meeting with some great guest speakers:

Local Government Efficiency Meeting
Coordinated by the Greater Oneonta Economic Development Council and Citizens Voices
The program is sponsored by the Bank of Cooperstown

You are invited to an important two part meeting coordinated by the Greater
Oneonta Economic Development Council and Citizens’ Voices.  This most relevant
program is sponsored by the Bank of Cooperstown. The meeting will take place at
the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center in Oneonta on May 6, 2014.

Part I  ( 1:00 pm to 3:00 pmThe NYS Department of State on Local Government
Efficiency will give an informative presentation that will include an overview of the
Local Government Efficiency (LGe) grant funding and the technical support offered by
DOS to assist local officials develop new and innovative opportunities to meet today’s
service delivery challenges. The presenters will be Dede Scozzafava, Deputy
Secretary of State for Local Government and Robert Roeckle, Land Use Specialist.

Part II  ( 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm )  Mayor Ann Thane, Mayor, City of Amsterdam and
Carolyn Lewis, Economic Development Coordinator, SUNY Oneonta will highlight the
Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council ‘s efforts, present 2014
funding priorities and review this year’s CFA process. Both presenters are members
of the MVREDC Executive Committee.

Who should attend:
 Public officials from throughout the area; city and village mayors,
town supervisors, county, city and town government representatives, chief school
administrators, and respective fiscal managers, as well as business leaders.

You are encouraged to invite pertinent people from your organization or
municipality.  After you have enrolled, forward them this invitation and suggest
they enroll, too.  GO-EDC’s email address is:
[email protected]


 Sears of Oneonta is expanding and moving!!!!
Sears will move on May 1st to it’s new location at 207 River Street. This location is twice the size of our current location at 61 S. Main St. 
Sears will be offering more of those quality Kenmore and Craftsman’s products you have known and loved. 
Stop in on May 1st to see our newly remodeled showroom at 207 River Street (formerly Prolifiq sign studio). Stay tuned for details on grand opening and Red Ribbon Cutting details later this May!










Catskill Area Hospice 2014 Daffodil Jazz Brunch May 3rd









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