The Putnam County Chambers of Commerce
the 2014 Trailblazer Awards
The Trailblazer Awards program is designed to honor business owners or actively involved in the business for which he/she is nominated in one of the following catagories;
- Emerging Trailblazer Award (1-5 years in business)
- Established Trailblazer Award (5-14 years in business)
- Pillar of the Community Trailblazer Award (15+ years in business)
- Minority and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Trailblazer Award.
Nominees are chosen through a two-step process.
First, the candidate must be nominated. The nominee must be able to describe the positive impact that he or she has had on the community.
Second, once all of the applications are received a selection committee, which is made up of representatives from the different chambers, as well as other seasoned community leaders, will narrow down the field to the final winners.
The winners will be celebrated at a ceremony held at Villa Barone Hill Top Manor, 466 Rt. 6, Mahopac, NY 10541 onThursday, February 26th 2015 at 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Tickets will be available soon!
Click HERE to download the Nomination Application.
Film Commission Working To Bring Movie Shoots To Putnam County
The Putnam County Television and Film Commission has begun working on an effort to attract production companies to the area, capitalizing on our proximity to New York City, the beauty and charm of our downtowns, and the workforce available to help make these efforts a success. At a meeting this past October 21, Tourism Director Libby Pataki met with residents experienced in the TV and film industry, to assess options and look for ways to begin reaching out to industry leaders and professionals.
Conducting such an effort benefits local businesses in many ways. For example, delis/caterers to provide food for the cast, tent/party equipment renters for the various amenities required, limousine companies to bring people back and forth, and many more. Productions often need “extras” for various scenes, and Putnam has plenty of available talent. Anyone reading this newspaper conceivably could be in a movie or commercial. “Putnam County has so much to offer as far as potential locations for the filming of television shows and movies,” says Mrs. Pataki. “We hope to accomplish the organization of this Commission as an entity that will serve as a liaison between our magnificent location sites and potential users.
A recent study done by the film industry in San Francisco demonstrated that it was worth billions of dollars to the economy of California. The study was done to convince lawmakers of the need to promote and incentivize filmmakers to stay in California rather than look for other places to shoot their scenes. We in the Hudson Valley can similarly attract some of this business, and help our communities gain some revenue from hosting TV and movie casts as they do their work. The Putnam County Chambers of Commerce is pleased to support the Television and Film Commission as they assess our options. For more information, please call (845) 808-1015.
-Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce
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