Successful Public/Private Partnership At Putnam County Golf Course Sets Example For Other Initiatives
The so called “P3” strategy - developing public/private partnerships for economic and community development projects – is an effective tool used by businesses and government leaders. One such effort, the Putnam County Golf Course at 187 Hill Street in Mahopac, has proven to be an excellent partnership, breathing new life into the course and catering hall, and revitalizing a real gem just minutes from the Taconic State Parkway in the heart of Putnam County.
Such a partnership should serve as a model for other area sites, most notably the recently-closed Tilly Foster Farm in Carmel. Prior management of the county-owned farm was not able to build a sustainable business model. Saving the farm and preserving it for future generations is a noble goal, but unless dollars are found to keep it running and in proper order, Tilly Foster will find itself condemned to a series of startups and business failures. A committee has been formed to examine the possibilities, including horse farms, a winery, museums and other uses, and there will be several public meetings in the weeks ahead to help determine a course of action. Putnam County Executive Maryellen Odell hopes that the success of the golf course will be repeated at the farm, perhaps by an existing county business who can take over, or by attracting a new business here as an economic development prospect.
We have all seen communities thst have resorted to desperate measures in trying to preserve valued sites. These sites often sit empty and forlorn. Hopefully we can learn from others’ mistakes and make Tilly Foster as profitable as it is beautiful.
-Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce
February 20th, 2014:
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