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2017-08-09 / Front Page

Collaboration is Key to Success

By Lillian Browne


Jeff Senterman, left, executive director for the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, was the featured speaker at the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce first Friday eat & meet on Aug. 4. at the Stamford Golf Club. Senterman is pictured with Delaware County Chamber President Ray Pucci and Schoharie County Chamber President Jamie Casterlin. 
Lillian Browne/The Reporter Jeff Senterman, left, executive director for the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, was the featured speaker at the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce first Friday eat & meet on Aug. 4. at the Stamford Golf Club. Senterman is pictured with Delaware County Chamber President Ray Pucci and Schoharie County Chamber President Jamie Casterlin. Lillian Browne/The Reporter STAMFORD - As part of an effort to create conversations and commerce between communities and counties, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Schoharie Chamber of Commerce for a monthly networking breakfast meeting in Stamford on Aug. 4.

The featured speaker, Jeff Senterman, executive director of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, spoke about the need for businesses, communities and municipalities to work together toward common goals citing strength in a unified voice.

Delaware County Chamber of Commerce President Ray Pucci agreed, saying, “Business does not stop at the county line, or the Blue Line, and neither do visitors.”

Building partnerships to enhance business was the theme of the gathering at which Senterman said the Catskill Center works collaboratively with all Catskill counties - Delaware, Greene, Ulster, Schoharie as well as parts Otsego and Sullivan - to promote the region with the ultimate goal of making it sustainable.

Though the focus of the Catskill Center has shifted over time from conservation toward development, he acknowledged the need for partnerships to make the region one that benefits all.

A $7.2 million grant was secured through collaborative advocacy efforts and partnerships formed by the Catskill Center for improvements to the Catskill Park, Senterman said, and the next step is to come up with a spending plan.

The Catskill Center also takes a leadership role in land stewardship and conservation and operates the Catskills Interpretive Center and Platte Clove and Thorn Preserves as land trusts.

For more information about the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, events and programs visit catskillcenter.org.

For more information about upcoming events sponsored by the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce visit delawarecounty.org.

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