Schoharie County Eagle Trail Virtual Launch

With the Virtual Launch of the Schoharie County Eagle Trail set to take place Saturday, April 23, SEEC and Bill Combs Jr. have been busy. Julie Pacatte, SEEC Executive Director recently spoke with Brian and Chrissy from WGNA. Julie, Brian and Chrissy chatted about the upcoming virtual launch and the naming contest for the two…

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Surviving the Pandemic – Businesses talk about how they adapted

By Patsy Nicosia Four Schoharie County businesses who’ve pivoted their way through the pandemic offered insights and advice when SchoCoForward hosted its third Business Recovery Roundtable. Panelists Jacqui Hauser, Studio for Art and Craft; Chris Guldner, Bull’s Head Inn; Carrie Edsall, Black Willow Pond Farm; and Josh Loden, Apple Barrel, all spoke to the ways…

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SEEC grants to 2 more

SEEC has awarded two additional Resiliency Fund grants, one to an innovative dairy farm and another to a family-run beverage distribution business marking its 43rd anniversary in 2021. Locust Spring Farm owners Eric and Taylor Bogardus have been milking quality Aryshires at their Sloansville farm for the past four and a half years. Mr. Bogardus…

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They Know Their Stuff

Feb. 17, 2021 Seminars about improving business rarely live up to expectations. A Schoharie County audience often finds an out-of-town speaker can’t relate to rural conditions here. But if the speakers are from Schoharie County itself, value increases a great deal. That’s what the Schoharie Economic Enterprise Corporation and the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce…

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Jefferson Seeks Grant for Green

By Patsy Nicosia If the Town of Jefferson and SEEC are successful in their efforts to write a New York Main Street Target area grant, things could start looking up for the Town Green. Working with SEEC, the town has requested $380,083 to be matched locally by $194,647 for a total of $574,730 in building…

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SEEC steps up with $

Highland Hollow in Schoharie and the Community Library in Cobleskill are the latest recipients of SEEC Resiliency Grants. Highland Hollow plans to use its grant to move its planned USDA slaughterhouse ahead. Specifically, the funding will go toward developing a FDA-required Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point plan, a management system that addresses food beginning with…

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SEEC strategizes for new year

By Patsy Nicosia January 13, 2021 Looking forward—not backwards—and maybe even being a little opportunistic is the strategy SEEC is bringing with it into 2021. There’s no doubt that will be a challenge—even the words “economic growth” are hard to say after the yeas that was 2002, SEEC’s Executive Director Julie Pacattte said Friday. But…

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Planning for the Times

January 20, 2021 Planning for 2021 can be little more than groping in the dark. Nobody knows how long the pandemic will last or its economic impact because nobody’s ever been here before. Yet SEEC––Schoharie Economic Enterprise Corporation––is plowing ahead with plans for the new year. Realize, however, that these plans aren’t pie-in-the-sky but instead…

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SEEC Roundtable update

On Thursday, November 12, 2020, SEEC, along with its SchoCo Promise Alliance partners, launched the second in a series of COVID-19 related Recovery Roundtable discussions.  Entitled, Access to Capital, the Roundtable featured presentations from various financial experts. If you were unable to attend the discussion, the links to speaker presentations are listed below.  Please click…

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Helping hands

Two organizations providing services to those especially vulnerable during COVID-19 have been awarded SEEC Resiliency Fund grants: Literacy NY and Jay’s Day Care. Literacy NY: Jim Becker, president MIDTEL & INOC Datacenters, chair of the SEEC Resiliency Fund andSEEC founding member; Lisa Cardilli, executive director, Literacy NY Fulton, Montgomery & Schoharie; andEric Stein, president Cobleskill…

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SEEC looks ahead

by Patsy Nicosia November 4, 2020 SEEC and its partners are hoping an online Business Recovery Roundtable next Thursday will give businesses, nonfor-profits, and even local government the resources and inspiration they need to push ahead into COVID 2021. Registration for the free Zoom event, set for Thursday, November 12, at 8am, is now open…

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SEEC Roundtable to focus on recovery

SEEC will be going back to its roots with a Recovery Roundtable over Zoom on Thursday, November 12, at 8am. The line-up of panelists will speak to small businesses, not-for-profits, and local government leaders looking for resources to help them negotiate the next budget season. Registration will be through the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce…

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SEEC Eagle Trail takes flight at Vlaie

The Schoharie County Eagle Trail took flight on Saturday, at the Franklinton Vlaie, where Town of Broome Supervisor Steve Weinhofer was on hand to welcome birding visitors and guests. The Eagle Trail project was introduced by SEEC founding member Steve Harris, Sterling Insurance, and SEEC student associate Jason Brizzee, a junior at SUNY Binghamton, above…

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Eagle trail looks to grow local economy

By Patsy Nicosia October 14, 2020 When SEEC inaugurates the Schoharie County Eagle Trail Saturday, it will be a chance not only for lovers of the national symbols to get first-hand advice on where and how to spot them, but maybe help grow the local economy a little as well. At 2pm Saturday at the…

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SEEC $ for two more

Times Journal – October 14, 2020 SEEC is still accepting business applications for the Resiliency Fund program that awards local money to local businesses. Established companies may request a zero percent interest loan of $5,000, of which half may be forgiven as a grant or, as nearly two dozen businesses have elected, apply for a…

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Schoharie County Eagle Trail Meet & Greet

SEEC and local wildlife photographer and Eagle expert Bill Combs Jr. will guide wildlife and eagle viewing as he introduces the Schoharie County Eagle Trail concept at the Franklinton Vlaie, Town of Broome, Schoharie County, NY. The event is intended for beginner to avid birders or photographers, wildlife enthusiasts and others interested in the developing…

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Ideas abound for using old jail

By Patsy Nicosia Times Journal, September 16, 2020 Nine years ago, Schoharie County’s jail became a casualty of Hurricane Irene. Now, it could become a catalyst for the future. SEEC, Village of Schoharie Mayor Larry Caza and Trustee Peter Johnson, planner Nan Stolzenburg and Broome Supervisor Steve Weinhofer, who chairs the county’s Buildings and Purchases…

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SEEC Resiliency at $54,000

Since its launch in May, SEEC’s Resiliency Fund has awarded $54,000 in loans or grants to 18 Schoharie County businesses impacted by COVID19. Awards have been earmarked to implement unique business improvements or adaptations that will help sustain enterprises through the seasons ahead. A variety of small businesses and organizations have been awarded from cider-making…

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Recovery Roundtable: Enforcement of New Public Health Laws

A video recording of the August 24th Roundtable discussion is available for viewing – please click HERE and enter Passcode wWf5+9C& On Monday, August 24, 2020 members of the SchoCo Forward Business Reopening & Recovery Task Force hosted their first in a series of COVID-19 related Recovery Roundtable discussions. Entitled Enforcement of New Public Health…

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Rooms to let? Schoharie, SEEC consider motel for old jail

By Patsy Nicosia Times Journal, August 19, 2020 Schoharie County, SEEC,and the Village of Schoharie are all working to reimagine the jail. A Courtyard Marriott maybe? Peter Johnson, who’s secretary for the Schoharie Economic Enterprise Corporation, said Executive Director Julie Pacatte has been working on possible uses for the old county jail, a valuable piece…

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Panther Creek Arts

Story and photos By Patsy Nicosia Times Journal, August 19, 2020  Times Journal, August 19, 2020 Panther Creek Arts will use its $2,500 SEEC award to erect a sign at the West Fulton crossroads pointing in the direction— with mileage—of local businesses, using the type of signs seen in most villages in England, Scotland, and…

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Resiliency $ to Middle Brook Mill…

Story and photos By Patsy Nicosia Times Journal, August 19, 2020  Times Journal, August 19, 2020 Middle Brook Mill was one of Friday’s SEEC Resiliency Fund grant-loan recipients; Carol Greenman, Donna Potak, Sarah Henry, and Dee Glas, here with SEEC’s Jim Becker, plan to use their $5,000 award as working capital to both purchase ingredients—including…

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SchoCo Promise: Safety 1st

SCHOCO PROMISE: SAFETY 1ST By: Patsy Nicosia Times Journal, July 8, 2020 SEEC and its partners, in­cluding the Economic Alli­ance & Reopening Task Force, want to make sure Schoharie County stays open safely as New York State reopens. To do that, today they’re launching the SchoCo Prom­ise, an effort with two pieces linked through Survey…

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SHIFT IN FOCUS

SEEC IN THE NEWS SHIFT IN FOCUS Times Journal Op-Ed, June 10, 2020   The Schoharie Economic Enterprise Corporation formed last year to spur economic development. It’s been slow going; economic development is not a snap your-fingers task.   Then the coronavirus hit, and SEEC shifted its focus.   SEEC announced last week that it…

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SCHOHARIE ECONOMIC ENTERPRISE CORPORATION (SEEC) LAUNCHES $75,000 “SEEC RESILIENCY FUND”

PRESS RELEASE SCHOHARIE ECONOMIC ENTERPRISE CORPORATION (SEEC) LAUNCHES $75,000 “SEEC RESILIENCY FUND,” TO ASSIST SCHOHARIE COUNTY BUSINESSES THROUGH COVID-19 CRISIS Business Owners Can Apply For $5,000 Loan/Grants Or $2,500 Grants COBLESKILL, NY (MAY 22, 2020) – Schoharie County has officially started the NY Forward reopening process as part of the Mohawk Valley Region, prompting Schoharie…

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SEEC $ WILL HELP RECOVERY

SEEC IN THE NEWS SEEC $ WILL HELP RECOVERY By Patsy Nicosia Times Journal ,  May 20, 2020   SEEC is finalizing details on its $75,000 Resiliency Fund—a revolving loan and grant effort to help see Schoharie County business through COVID-19 and just as importantly, beyond.   Details on applying for the fund are expected…

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SEEC: IMAGINATION CRUCIAL TO REOPENING

SEEC IN THE NEWS SEEC: IMAGINATION CRUCIAL TO REOPENING Surveys says most willing to wait till safe By Patsy Nicosia Times Journal, May 6, 2020   With its third and likely it’s last survey in the books, SEEC is now turning its attention to where we all want to be: Back in business—creatively and maybe…

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NEARLY 70 PARTICIPANTS ATTEND THE FIRST SEEC PROSPERITY FORUM: “LODGING POSSIBILITIES”

PRESS RELEASE NEARLY 70 PARTICIPANTS ATTEND THE FIRST SEEC PROSPERITY FORUM: “LODGING POSSIBILITIES”  Next Steps to Include a Free “Packaging Workshop” on March 18, As a Way to Foster Collaboration Among Local Tourism Businesses and Schoharie County Lodging Survey, Distributed in Late February Second Prosperity Forum, “Downtown Development,” To be Held April 3 in the…

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SCHOHARIE COUNTY LEADERSHIP APPOINTS TERRY AND PACATTE TO REPRESENT COUNTY INTERESTS ON REGIONAL BOARD OF SOUTHERN TIER 8

PRESS RELEASE SCHOHARIE COUNTY LEADERSHIP APPOINTS TERRY AND PACATTE TO REPRESENT COUNTY INTERESTS ON REGIONAL BOARD OF SOUTHERN TIER 8 SEEC Founding Board Member, Peter Johnson, Appointed to Schoharie County’s Industrial Development Agency Board COBLESKILL, NY (FEBRUARY 27, 2020) – Gilboa Town Supervisor ALICIA TERRY and SEEC (Schoharie Economic Enterprise Corporation) Executive Director JULIE PACATTE…

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SEEC ANNOUNCES PANELIST LINEUP FOR FIRST PROSPERITY FORUM:  LODGING POSSIBILITIES

PRESS RELEASE SEEC ANNOUNCES PANELIST LINEUP FOR FIRST PROSPERITY FORUM:  LODGING POSSIBILITIES To Be Held Friday, January 24, 2020 At the American Hotel in Sharon Springs, NY COBLESKILL, NY (JANUARY 15, 2020) – Schoharie Economic Enterprise Corporation (SEEC) has announced a robust lineup of featured speakers for their much-anticipated first Prosperity Forum, “Lodging Possibilities,” to…

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NEW ORGANIZATION SEEKS TO BOOST SCHOHARIE COUNTY ECONOMY

SEEC IN THE NEWS BY: John Cropley Daily Gazette, January 4, 2020 COBLESKILL — Schoharie County’s young economic development organization later this month will hold the first in a series of forums seeking to address the opportunities and challenges that face the county and its economy. The Schoharie Economic Enterprise Corporation will focus the Jan.…

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NEW YORK STATE’S REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AWARDS SCHOHARIE COUNTY MORE THAN $1.8 MILLION

PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK STATE’S REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AWARDS SCHOHARIE COUNTY MORE THAN $1.8 MILLION, IN SUPPORT OF SEVEN DIFFERENT PROJECTS Schoharie County Economic Enterprise Corporation (SEEC) to Collaborate with Municipalities and Strategic Alliances to Maximize Community Impact COBLESKILL, NY (DECEMBER 26, 2019) – Christmas came early in Schoharie County, as New York State’s…

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SEEC TO HOST PROSPERITY FORUMS IN 2020

PRESS RELEASE SEEC TO HOST PROSPERITY FORUMS IN 2020 First Forum Slated for Friday, January 24, 2020 with Focus on Lodging Possibilities in Schoharie County COBLESKILL, NY (DECEMBER 17, 2019) – Schoharie Economic Enterprise Corporation (SEEC) is kicking off 2020 with an ambitious slate of Prosperity Forums, presented as creative collaborations meant to identify and…

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PACATTE TO LEAD SEEC’S ECO EFFORTS

SEEC IN THE NEWS PACATTE TO LEAD SEEC’S ECO EFFORTS By: Patsy Nicosia Times-Journal, September 18, 2019 SEEC’s nationwide search for someone with the vision and experience to lead its Schoharie County economic development efforts have ended up back home.Monday marked Julie Pacatte’s first day as executive director for the private Schoharie Economic Enterprise Corporation.Ms.…

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