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Hunter Chamber of Commerce Charts Course at March 27 Meeting

Written By The Mountain Eagle on 4/12/24 | 4/12/24

Photo courtesy Ryan Penny

By Max Oppen

TANNERSVILLE — The Hunter Chamber of Commerce convened at The Pantry on Main in the Village of Tannersville on March 27, marking a pivotal moment for the reinvigorated organization. Discussions of Board composition and future underscored the Chamber's commitment to fostering community engagement and economic growth.

Ryan Penny, the current Interim President of the Chamber, expressed satisfaction with the turnout. "I'm really happy we got support from the business community," Penny remarked, reflecting on the collaborative spirit that characterized the gathering.

Originally slated to vote for Board seats, the meeting took an unexpected turn as nominations precisely matched the available positions. Consequently, no formal vote was required. The Board comprises 11 seats designated for businesses rather than individuals, allowing each business to appoint an affiliated representative.

The newly constituted Board combines continuity with fresh perspectives. Six businesses secured two-year terms, including Camp Catskill, Catskills Candle Studio, Kaaterskill Trolley, Sundry., Tabla, and Tannersville Works. Meanwhile, five businesses secured one-year terms: Catskills on Main, Jessie's Harvest House, the Hunter Foundation, Mama's Boy Burgers, and Shandaken Bake.

The staggered terms ensure continuity, with an annual Board vote on two-year terms scheduled for next March.

Penny said, "It's important to recognize there are diverse people on the Board with diverse views." 

Penny added, "I think the Chamber should be focused on connecting the business community, marketing the Town of Hunter and businesses within it, and events we hold throughout the year." Notably, Penny expressed a desire to replicate successful community-based events such as the Holiday Stroll held in the Village last December.

The upcoming Board meeting is on Thursday, April 18 at 6 p.m. at Tabla in Tannersville. It will be the first opportunity for the fully-seated Board to elect executive committee positions, including President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. These one-year positions will be open exclusively to Board members.

Looking forward, Penny highlighted the Chamber's commitment to supporting new businesses entering the area. "We want to focus on letting people know new businesses are coming into town. We're excited and want to support them and help them succeed," Penny affirmed.

With a dedicated Board and a clear vision, the Hunter Chamber of Commerce should play a vital role in driving economic prosperity and community vitality in the Town of Hunter.

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