Putnam County Business Council Hosts First Leadership Breakfast

Jennifer Maher | May 2019

The Putnam County Business Council recently welcomed representatives from the New York City Department of City Planning at the April 25th Putnam County Leadership Breakfast, held at Tilly Foster Farm in Brewster.

During her presentation, Carolyn Grossman Meagher addressed several inequalities and the need for New York City to reach out to its neighboring communities to ensure that the entire Hudson Valley Region thrives.

Meagher is the director of the new Regional Planning Division of New York City Planning. The division was created with five objectives: to connect with regional governments and planning officials, to analyze, aggregate and disseminate regional data, to instill regionalism in planning activities, to cultivate opportunities to cross-border collaboration and to provide information on regional policy and capital priorities.

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell expressed optimism about this new division. “New York City has seen the most post-recession economic and job growth in our region,” Odell said. “While areas outside of New York City saw slower wage growth. I am looking forward to working with New York City Planning for the benefit of the entire Hudson Valley.”

Our county is part of a larger region which comprises one of the world’s largest and most populous metropolitan areas. This partnership will be immensely valuable since so many residents of the Hudson Valley commute to jobs in New York City, as well as a smaller population that does the so-called “reverse commute” from New York City to the Hudson Valley.

As the primary advocate, voice and resource for the county’s business community, The Putnam County Business Council is excited to bring more quality forums to the Putnam County business community for 2019. We would love to hear your ideas for future speakers and venues. Please contact us at (845) 228-8595 or email info@putnamchamberny.org.

Jennifer Maher
Jennifer Maher is chairwoman of the Putnam County Business Council and currently serves as the vice president of the Hudson Valley Chapter of the New York State Commercial Association of Realtors.