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INSIDE: President’s Message 3E Cronk’s celebrates 30 6E April Home Sales 8E

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f you thought local municipalities exist only to serve their own constituencies think again. In a show of collaboration underscoring that “The Whole is greater than the sum of its parts”, the County of Sullivan, Town of Thompson and Town of Liberty – including the Village – have decided to invest in working cooperatively as well as financially to ready Sullivan County for future economic development investment. The Partnership for Economic Development in Sullivan County began engaging Town and County officials late in 2016 and through the winter to encourage them to each invest in an analysis of the Old Route 17 Corridor that runs between the Village of Liberty and Town of Thompson. The area is home to several significant employers like Nonni’s, Pestech, Alumitech, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, La Belle Poultry, UPS, D.C. Welding, and other service oriented small businesses. In an effort to become more competitive in the region and beyond, the Partnership identified over 400+ acres of land, zoned Industrial/Commercial

suitable for the attraction or expansion of light manufacturing, distribution, assembly, and food processing type businesses. “Easy access to NYS 17/I-86, its location between our two largest urban centers and little residential impact where just a few of a list of key factors that lead the organization to focus in this area”, said Marc Baez,

President/CEO of the Partnership. “The cost and declining available land in the lower Hudson Valley suited for Industrial Commercial development creates a unique market opportunity for us.” A concern is that the area is once again becoming too tourism depenPlease see MUNICIPALITIES, page 7E

Sullivan Renaissance helps County businesses 10E Historic designation for Bethel /Woodstock 12E ‘Jobs Waiting’ celebrates first graduations 14E Natural Content 16E Why join the Sullivan Chamber of Commerce? 18E Minding Our Businesses 20E Above, vacant land along Old Route 17 will become more valuable as infrastructure is improved. At left, several businesses, including Nonni’s Foods LLC, call Old Route 17 home. DEMOCRAT PHOTOS BY JOSEPH ABRAHAM


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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Employee training is priority No. 1 in new economy To the People: Talk to anyone in business these days about workforce and you are likely to get the same answer. “I have jobs but cannot find anyone suitable to work for me…” So what is the problem? Is there an increasing gap between what the market is demanding and what we are training our people to do? Some say there is. I have talked to businesses owners from many varied sectors facing the same issue. From healthcare to engineering to someone working as a certified automobile tech, (not exactly a low-paying unskilled job) there is demand but no applicants that can meet the skill set required. If you think this is Sullivan County issue, think again. It is happening nationwide. So

naturally it begs the question with all of the jobs that will be available in hospitality in the near future in Sullivan County, how will we be able to meet the demand? The broader issue will of course require some structural changes to the way we as a society approach work and jobs. We have so overemphasized the collegiate pathway to success that we have a significant population with degrees in areas of expertise with no market demand. Furthermore, there is evidence statistically that shows that we have as a society not focused on preparing a segment of our population for blue collar jobs, that do not require college degrees but offer well paying sustainable jobs with reasonable benefits. While many of those jobs have gone overseas, recent circumstances have begun creating an environment where light manu-

facturing and advanced manufacturing can be done here again. Hence our current efforts to prepare locations to attract investment in this sector, building upon recent light manufacturing CEO/President Marc Baez attraction and expansion projects. The more local issue is certainly more immediate as we are just 8 months from the opening of two major hospitality centered projects – Resorts World and Veria. To that end The County, SUNY Sullivan BOCES and others that make up the Catskills Hospitality Alliance have been working steadily to create and offer training and assistance to locals interested in obtaining employment in the hospitality sector, whether at these facilities or others in the development pipeline. At just over 4 percent unemployment, however, we cannot possibly fill the total demand from Sullivan County. So employ-

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ees will be coming from Sullivan County, the Hudson Valley Region and well beyond. Our effort is to help train prospects to be better prepared for the hiring process and we are doing that. You will be soon hearing about offerings from SUNY Sullivan, BOCES, and employers as well as special events geared to inform the public about current and anticipated job opportunities. In addition we will be calling on local employers that directly serve the general public to ready themselves for our anticipated new visitors in 2018. Messaging will be crafted and disseminated through various media outlets to help create top of mind awareness in that regard. Workforce will continue to be a challenge for us all. The good news is we now have a growing demand to serve. Sincerely,

Marc Baez President, Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development

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Cronk’s Electronics is celebrating their 30th anniversary. Tom Cronk, left, and his daughter Jen work side by side to stay on top of the latest technology while providing great sales and service at their Liberty store (pictured below). vicer of LG, Sharp and Samsung televisions, as well as most other manufacturers. They also carry Sonos, Yamaha and Denon audio products and many lines of appliances. They hope to have a show room for those very soon as well, but can get any product on request until that time. Tom's dedication to the business is certainly obvious but he places the compliment on his employees: “I am so blessed by the employees I've had over the years. They are hard working and dedicated. Working many 12-hour days to get a job done because I promised it would be. They're my friends and coworkers. I've always avoided the doing the boss thing. I appreciate them so much!” Tom dedicates most of his time to the business. Typical days start with arriving by 7 a.m. and going home around 7 p.m. He thanks his wife Beth for her patience and understanding. She has certainly learned that when Tom says it will be a ‘short day’ what he really means. “I thank all of my customers of the past 30 years for their support and dedication. Without their trust in me to do the right thing, none of my efforts would be of value. I appreciate them so much and look forward to many more years.”

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They're on the cutting edge of technology and compete dollar for dollar with the big box and online stores. They price match them all and refuse to lose a sale! It's their personal interest in the customers and concern for their satisfaction that really set them apart from all the rest. The pricing gets the customers to give Cronk’s Electronics a chance, and the service and dedication gets them to remain a customer for life. Customers know they will be dealing with the same business practices and same committed ownership, year after year. Tom says, “It's a very personal thing for me. I've tried to please everyone over the years the very best I could. It truly bothers me if I didn’t. I guess that's what keeps me trying so hard.” When the store opened in 1987, the main focus of the business was repairs. Since then the business has expanded into custom audio and video, along with satellite installations. They were one of the first in the area to install DirecTV and expanded into installing and servicing the satellite internet providers Hughesnet and Exede. Tom has worked very hard to become authorized to sell and service most manufacturers. Cronk's is an authorized sales location and ser-


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SUNY Sullivan’s Summer courses begin June 26 & July 5 S

UNY Sullivan’s next series of Summer Courses begin June 26 and July 5, with almost two dozen classes to choose from, and with in-state tuition reduced by 33% off the regular rate. The sessions are a combination of online and on campus classes. SUNY Sullivan is once again offering its current and prospective students a financial break – a 33% discount on in-state tuition. Students who enroll in Summer Session 2017 will do so at a cost of only $130 per credit. A 3-credit on-line course totals $420, which includes a $10 per credit online fee. That amounts to just

$130 per credit. For students paying outof-state tuition rates, discounts will bring the cost down to $260 per credit, plus the $10 per credit online fee. SUNY Sullivan’s Summer Sessions provides students with an excellent opportunity to get a jump on Fall Semester, fulfill their General Ed requirements, or just catch up on credits. Students should check with the SUNY Sullivan Financial Aid Office to determine if courses will be covered by aid. Other fees may apply, depending on the course. Theory & Techniques of Coaching will be held from June 26 – July 24.

The session that begins on July 5 and ends on August 10 offers the following classes: Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, International Business, Introduction to Casino Operations, Gaming Industry, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Composition II, U.S. History and the Paranormal, Introduction to Jazz, Elementary Statistics, Pre-Calculus, Statistics for the Social Sciences, Developmental Psychology, Health Sciences Applied to Coaching, Principles of Biology I, and Human Anatomy & Physiology II.

Both the Introduction to Gaming and Gaming Industry classes can be taken as stand-alone classes or can be counted toward the college’s 15-credit online Certificate in Casino Operations. American Sign Language I will be held from July 25 – August 17. To find out more, visit sunysullivan.edu/summer-2017/. To begin the registration process online, students should visit www.sunysullivan.edu/registration and complete a part-time registration form. For more information, call (845) 4345750, extension 4302.

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MUNICIPALITIES from front page

Pestech’s office along Old Route 17 provides easy access to highway and village travel. we collectively put in to create the will be need to make this corridor as current investment environment, we shovel ready as possible. must keep the momentum going in a The work will help make the area variety of areas to reach the full truly ready for the intense competipotential of the Sullivan County tion for potential employers in the economy,” said Ira Steingart, Chairindustrial/commercial market place. man of both the IDA and the Sulli“With all of the hard work and time

van County Community and Economic Development committee. With multiple municipalities working together to accomplish this and other economic development goals, Sullivan County can rightfully say it is a business friendly community.

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dant. While all of the extraordinary investment is of course most welcome indeed, the idea of providing for a broader commercial market for both investment and job opportunities helps to hedge against severe setbacks in the economy which are cyclical. “Not everyone is suited for or may desire to work in the hospitality industry” says Bill Rieber, Supervisor of the Town of Thompson. Russell Reeves, Town Councilman for the Town of Liberty agrees, “It’s about beginning the process of putting together the necessary steps to increase our tax base.” That is something the Town of Liberty is focused on to help bolster a tax base that was decimated when its large tourism properties left decades ago. The analysis, which is budgeted at $160,000, will look at the suitability of land, geotechnical issues, slopes, current zoning, cost to provide infrastructure, competitive market factors and other elements as part of a list of criteria to assess the work that


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in the market for a home will get to see new inventory soon. Rising interest rates means you’ve missed the lowest rates in history, but an average of 4.5% mortgage rate is pretty darn good, so don’t kick yourself too much! If you’re serious about buying, get yourself pre-qualified at a bank or mortgage broker. That way you’ll know just what you can afford, and not waste the seller’s, your agent’s or your time dreaming of a home out of your price range. As always, it’s best to use a Realtor to sell or buy a home. The Sullivan County Board of Realtors can help you with that decision. You can reach them at (845) 794-2735.

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The next generation 401K topic of Partnership breakfast

he Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development, in cooperation with Quest Financial Services, will host a workshop entitled, “The Next Generation 401K” on Thursday, June 22 from 8 a.m.-9 a.m. at Bernie's Holiday Restaurant, 277 Rock Hill Road, Rock Hill. This complimentary educational breakfast, sponsored by Quest Financial Services, Inc., will introduce the Sullivan Retirement Solution, an improved 401(k) with advanced technology for today's retirement needs, helping you make the most of your own 401(k). Three key partners in the Catskills region, Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, Sullivan County Partnership, and Sullivan Catskills, form a powerful triad of influential community and business-minded people whose purpose is to assist, support, promote, and advocate on behalf of our member business community, in areas of eco-

nomic development, tourism, domestic and international markets, and quality of life. This Sullivan trio has partnered with TAG Resources, LLC, and retirement heavyweights, Transamerica Retirement Solutions, LLC, and Mercer, LLC, to educate our members about SRS, and the benefits it offers to employers. Please RSVP by Tuesday, June 20 by emailing office@catskills.com or calling 845-791-4200. To learn more about SRS, visit sullivan.tagresources.com. Key Benefits of the Sullivan Retirement Solution Pay Reasonable Costs: Because the Sullivan Retirement Solution is built on an "aggregated" model - your company gains the advantages of economies of scale in pricing. Ease of Administration: TAG Resources performs 99% of the administrative duties required for a company to offer a 401(k) to their employees. This removes the administrative bur-

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ullivan Renaissance recently awarded $30,000 in grants and other support to 24 Sullivan County businesses as part of the 2017 Business Assistance Grant Program. The program offers both financial and technical assistance to businesses interested in improving curb appeal, signage and customer experience. Businesses were eligible to request a free design consultation with an architect, and matching grants for façade and sign improvements and/or landscaping projects. Five businesses received design consultations, and the remainder were awarded grants up to $2,500. Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. This year’s program is made possible with support from Bold Gold Media Group, Fisher Mears Associates, The River Reporter, The Sullivan County Democrat and Thompson Sanitation. For more information about programs or for ways to get involved, call Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 or visit the website at www.SullivanRenaissance.org.

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Woodstock Festival site added to State and National Historic Register T he 1969 Woodstock festival has been officially placed on the National Register of Historic Places, formally acknowledging the significance of the site’s heritage. The National Register is a program of the National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Department of the Interior which recognizes the significance of buildings, structures and sites throughout the country. “We are thrilled to be officially placed on the National Register.

Above: The monument at the Original Woodstock Site denotes the historic dates of the event – August 15, 16, 17, 1969 – as well as the band who played. Above right, Sullivan County Democrat photographer John B. Niflot was on hand at Woodstock all three days and took photos of the 400,000 concertgoers who attended the now-historic event.

We take our role as stewards of the land very seriously, and have done so since the beginning,” Darlene Fedun, Chief Executive Officer of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts said. “We understand how important the festival was to American history and Sullivan County’s, and we use that as inspiration for all that we do. “Our programming, whether it be in The Museum, in our education initiatives, on our grounds, or on our Main Stage, embodies the

spirit of the ‘60s and Woodstock festival.” Fedun said. “Being placed on the National Register will only further our efforts and ensure that these hallowed grounds are preserved for generations to come and enjoy.” Through a challenge grant from the Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation and matching funds from National Trust for Historic Preservation and several individual donors, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts takes has begun the first phase of projects to enhance the site’s authenticity and give heritage visitors more opportunities to explore the his-

toric site. These projects include; • the protection of several venerable old trees that witnessed the festival, • propagation of the historic Message Tree so that its own offspring may one day replace it when that day comes, • clearing the viewshed and other improvements at the Woodstock monument, and • the creation of a contemplative overlook at the top of the festival field nestled amidst a pair of black cherry trees which also bore witness to the events in 1969. The centerpiece of the initial

preservation project is the restoration of several of the footpaths that crisscrossed the Bindy Bazaar woods across Hurd Road from the festival field. These restored paths will offer visitors the opportunity to explore what was once an important vending area and crossroads of

the Woodstock festival, enhancing the site experience. The colorful sign that marked the entrance to the woods during the festival will be reproduced, as will the famous, hand-painted directional signs that proclaimed the “High Way,” “Groovy Way,” and “Gentle Path” in the woods.

Bethel Woods Museum offers glimpse of 60s The Museum at Bethel Woods explores the social, political, cultural and musical transformations of the sixties while drawing connections to the issues that continue to affect our world today. It features an award-winning permanent collection, evolving exhibits and engaging programs. Visitbethelwoodscenter.org for more information and to plan your visit. MUSEUM SUMMER HOURS: May 1-September 4 Open every day, 10:00am7:00pm MUSEUM EARLY FALL HOURS: September 5-October 9 Open every day, 10:00am5:00pm

MUSEUM FALL HOURS: October 10-December 23 Thursday-Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS HOURS: December 26–31, Open every day, 10am– 5pm

Above, the Sulllivan County Democrat was there when the monument was first erected. Above right, the Original Woodstock Site played host to a Day in the Garden Concert in 1998, nearly a decade before Bethel Woods Center for the Arts was built. Here Abby Sanford, and Laura and Claire Stabbert play it cool as the bands took a break between sets. At left, On Friday, June 2, 2017, local painter Mike Randall was found refreshing the lettering on the famous Woodstock monument, in Bethel. This site is now part of the National Registry of Historic Places.

What is the National Register While the National Register does offer some protections, benefits, and grant opportunities for listed properties, the Register’s primary benefit is the recognition it brings to the nation’s historic places. The Woodstock historic site resonates with Baby Boomers, their children, and their grandchildren. Significant historic places - The Empire State Building, The Grand Canyon and now the Woodstock historic site - offer a tangible place for people to relive a moment, learn the lessons of the past, and contemplate how to use those lessons to make the world a better place. Historic places serve an important function in our society by bringing people together, giving meaning to our shared experiences.


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Woodstock Festival site added to State and National Historic Register T he 1969 Woodstock festival has been officially placed on the National Register of Historic Places, formally acknowledging the significance of the site’s heritage. The National Register is a program of the National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Department of the Interior which recognizes the significance of buildings, structures and sites throughout the country. “We are thrilled to be officially placed on the National Register.

Above: The monument at the Original Woodstock Site denotes the historic dates of the event – August 15, 16, 17, 1969 – as well as the band who played. Above right, Sullivan County Democrat photographer John B. Niflot was on hand at Woodstock all three days and took photos of the 400,000 concertgoers who attended the now-historic event.

We take our role as stewards of the land very seriously, and have done so since the beginning,” Darlene Fedun, Chief Executive Officer of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts said. “We understand how important the festival was to American history and Sullivan County’s, and we use that as inspiration for all that we do. “Our programming, whether it be in The Museum, in our education initiatives, on our grounds, or on our Main Stage, embodies the

spirit of the ‘60s and Woodstock festival.” Fedun said. “Being placed on the National Register will only further our efforts and ensure that these hallowed grounds are preserved for generations to come and enjoy.” Through a challenge grant from the Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation and matching funds from National Trust for Historic Preservation and several individual donors, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts takes has begun the first phase of projects to enhance the site’s authenticity and give heritage visitors more opportunities to explore the his-

toric site. These projects include; • the protection of several venerable old trees that witnessed the festival, • propagation of the historic Message Tree so that its own offspring may one day replace it when that day comes, • clearing the viewshed and other improvements at the Woodstock monument, and • the creation of a contemplative overlook at the top of the festival field nestled amidst a pair of black cherry trees which also bore witness to the events in 1969. The centerpiece of the initial

preservation project is the restoration of several of the footpaths that crisscrossed the Bindy Bazaar woods across Hurd Road from the festival field. These restored paths will offer visitors the opportunity to explore what was once an important vending area and crossroads of

the Woodstock festival, enhancing the site experience. The colorful sign that marked the entrance to the woods during the festival will be reproduced, as will the famous, hand-painted directional signs that proclaimed the “High Way,” “Groovy Way,” and “Gentle Path” in the woods.

Bethel Woods Museum offers glimpse of 60s The Museum at Bethel Woods explores the social, political, cultural and musical transformations of the sixties while drawing connections to the issues that continue to affect our world today. It features an award-winning permanent collection, evolving exhibits and engaging programs. Visitbethelwoodscenter.org for more information and to plan your visit. MUSEUM SUMMER HOURS: May 1-September 4 Open every day, 10:00am7:00pm MUSEUM EARLY FALL HOURS: September 5-October 9 Open every day, 10:00am5:00pm

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Above, the Sulllivan County Democrat was there when the monument was first erected. Above right, the Original Woodstock Site played host to a Day in the Garden Concert in 1998, nearly a decade before Bethel Woods Center for the Arts was built. Here Abby Sanford, and Laura and Claire Stabbert play it cool as the bands took a break between sets. At left, On Friday, June 2, 2017, local painter Mike Randall was found refreshing the lettering on the famous Woodstock monument, in Bethel. This site is now part of the National Registry of Historic Places.

What is the National Register While the National Register does offer some protections, benefits, and grant opportunities for listed properties, the Register’s primary benefit is the recognition it brings to the nation’s historic places. The Woodstock historic site resonates with Baby Boomers, their children, and their grandchildren. Significant historic places - The Empire State Building, The Grand Canyon and now the Woodstock historic site - offer a tangible place for people to relive a moment, learn the lessons of the past, and contemplate how to use those lessons to make the world a better place. Historic places serve an important function in our society by bringing people together, giving meaning to our shared experiences.


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skills. Certificates of achievement were presented at a June 8th ceremony in Monticello, at the Sullivan County BOCES Career and Technical Education Center. Patty Ferracane, 54, was the first to become employed. She’s starting work as a dispatcher for Go Green Express in Newburgh, a position she will work in while going back to school to complete an Associate’s Degree in Human Resources Management. Ferracane was unemployed for nearly a year when she heard about Jobs Waiting, which she says opened her eyes to the array of careers in healthcare, and gave her the confidence to re-enter the workforce. “This program taught me not to give up, which I nearly did after being home for so long and not hearing from employers or getting any interviews,” said Ferracane. “When you are unemployed, you start to doubt yourself. Jobs Waiting helped me to realize I have a lot to offer. I now have a

career coach, contacts to employers, and a whole group support system to keep me going.” Several group participants are now entering an array of industry training programs, such as medical and dental assistant, surgical tech, medical coding and billing, nursing, and human resources management. Others, like Ferracane, are either beginning employment or actively interviewing. They all have financial incentives to offer employers who are interested in hiring them, including funds for “work tryouts,” and on-the-job training. To date, nearly 410 have completed boot camp training in the Hudson Valley and 162 have been placed into jobs. The program is funded by a US Department of Labor Ready to Work grant, and is run by the Westchester Putnam Workforce Development Board, in partnership with the Westchester County Association and career centers throughout the Hudson Valley.

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he question that always arises, “Why join the Chamber of Commerce?” A national study reveals that membership in a chamber of commerce can significantly boost a business’s image among consumers, as well as other businesses. The study showed that when consumers were told that a particular business was a member of a chamber, they were 44 percent more likely to rate it favorably, they were also 63 percent more likely to want to purchase goods or services from a small business that is a chamber member. Individuals and organizations join a Chamber because it carries the reputation of being a leader of business integrity in the community and affiliation adds to your credibility as a business. The Chamber of Commerce is a close-knit organization in which members work to support each other’s businesses. They have a voice in local and state government and can impact legislation and policy. You will want to influence what the Chamber endorses. The Chamber of Commerce focuses on community issues that affect the quality of

life, unifies the public spirit of the community and works to make positive changes that upgrade the region. An investment in the Sullivan County Chamber is an investment in your business. The bottom-line return on that investment is important to you, and that is why we offer access to informative speakers and educational programs that bring you

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Focus Media celebrates 15 years of growth and success GOSHEN – Focus Media, the Hudson Valley’s largest and award-winning public relations and marketing firm, is celebrating 15 years of business. Founded by president and CEO Josh Sommers in March 2002, Focus Media is one of the largest firms in New York outside of Manhattan. The company attributes its longevity and success to client strategies that are focused on revenue growth and full-service capabilities, such as advertising planning, public relations, crisis communications, creative and web design, all under one roof. Focus Media consistently produces award-winning, innovative campaigns for clients with local, regional and national profiles. In recent years, the firm has won more than 75 awards for creative excellence, including for clients in the healthcare, economic development and tourism industries. “I am very proud of the great work our team does every day, including the significant contributions to economic development projects that create jobs and tax ratables in New York State,” said

Sommers. Focus Media assisted Empire Resorts, Inc. with public, media and community relations during New York State’s casino site selection process. The agency helped Empire Resorts win its licensing bid for a new casino and tourism destination, which is currently under construction in Sullivan County, N.Y. Focus Media remains a trusted partner of Empire Resorts for pre-opening publicity and community relations. In 2011, Focus Media was a strategic partner in opening the first new hospital built in New York State in more than 20 years – Orange Regional Medical Center. The firm assisted with opening communications for the new facility, which boasts state-of-the-art technology, and employs more than 2,400 health care professionals. Focus Media continues to serve as agency of record to Orange Regional. Focus Media’s diverse client base represents many industry sectors, and includes top echelon regional organizations: Greater Hudson Valley Health System, Walden Savings Bank, Hudson Valley

Economic Development Corporation, Orange County Tourism, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets and Empire Resorts. On a national level, Focus Media represents industry-leading clients including Aurochemicals, HYTORC, MetroVac and RSR Corporation. “We create attention-grabbing campaigns that drive results for clients across a diverse range of industries, and that’s due to the variety of backgrounds and expertise our team brings to the table,” said Sommers. “I am fortunate to have some of the best talent in the field working with me at Focus Media, and I know our clients feel the same way.” Focus Media’s staff includes individually award-winning communications specialists, former journalists, marketing executives, digital and graphic designers, content specialists and those who teach these skills at the university level. The agency’s 25-person team comprises the largest agency of its kind to have ever been based in the Hudson Valley. In 2011, PR Week named Focus Media as the fastestgrowing agency in the eastern United

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MINDING OUR BUSINESSES Growing Your Farm & Food Business: Labor Law for Locals LIBERTY – One of the best ways to protect a business is to know the law as it relates to workplace discrimination, wages and overtime, employment contracts, employee handbooks, and sound human resources policies. The public can hear directly from the US Department of Labor at a New York State Labor Laws and Regulations workshop on Wednesday, July 12 from 10 am to noon. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) is hosting this class at its Extension Education Center on FerndaleLoomis Road in Liberty. Kristyna Lamphere, investigator with the US Department of Labor, will discuss how farmers and local entrepreneurs can stay

up-to-date and compliant with the latest developments in labor and employment law training. Cost is $15 per person or $10 per CCESC enrollee. Anyone can enroll in CCESC for an annual contribution of $25. Space is limited and registration with non-refundable payment is required in advance. Partial scholarships are available with support from Sullivan Renaissance. Registration can be completed by calling CCESC at 845-292-6180, emailing sullivan@cornell.edu, or visiting www.sullivancce.org. Payment can be made in advance by check, cash, or credit. Additional donations for CCESC programs are appreciated.

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MINDING OUR BUSINESSES Safety seminar at World Resorts Casino TOWN OF THOMPSON — About 400 workers at the Resorts World Catskills site recently gained additional safety training during a special session that LPCiminelli organized as part of the National Safety Stand-Down initiative, a nationwide campaign that aims to prevent falls and protect workers. LPCiminelli held Stand-Down events for more than 1,300 workers at several construction sites across New York State during last month’s initiative. Falls remain the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry. In 2015, 350 of the 937 construction fatalities (37%) were related to falls, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — and in most circumstances, falls are preventable. “At LPCiminelli, we make it a priority to protect the safety of the hardworking men and women who dedicate their careers to constructing our cities’ buildings and building our nation’s infrastructure,” said LPCiminelli Director

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