Evening Training

Local Leaders-
In one week, please join us for an evening training session: Advancing the local economy through advances in agricultural business, on Tuesday February 12th, at 5:30pm. Speakers from four local groups will lead the evening's discussion:

 Tim Bigham is entering his 28th year as Field Advisor for New York Farm Bureau where he helps manage 6 county organizations.  Tim is married with three adult sons, he graduated with a Forest Biology and Resource Management degree and has served in numerous volunteer roles including 24 years on his local school board.  Agriculture is no stranger to change.  The advancements in the agricultural sector are rapid and radical.  How can local government leaders best position our communities to take advantage of NEW Ag?  Find out what some of the new developments entail and let’s discuss ways we might capitalize on these developments to strengthen our rural areas.

Shona Ort is a farm and garden enthusiast from here in the Finger Lakes who hoards books and loves to eat good food. Currently, she works as the Agriculture Resource Educator/Agricultural Development Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County (CCE Chemung).  In 2018, CCE Chemung started the “Community Food System Framework for Change.” The goal was to evaluate the different aspects of the overall food system within Chemung County in order to try and identify gaps and needs in it. We will be sharing a few highlights from the 2018 data as well as what are next steps are for this project.

Martha Armstrong, Martha Armstrong is Vice President of Tompkins County Area Development, and administers the Finger Lakes Regional Prosperity Network (FLRPnet). Martha's experience includes project managment, stakeholder participation strategy deveolpment, policy analysis, satistical analysis of the economy, and implementation and evaluation of programs. Amina Omari Is the new Director of the Food Processing Business Incubation program. Amina has over 18 years of experience in the Finger Lakes food and beverage sector. The Finger Lakes Food Processing Business Incubator Program (FoodBIP) is a new program that connects Finger Lakes food and beverage manufacturing entrepreneurs with the resources they need to succeed.  FoodBIP will offer business services including individualized technical assistance, mentorship, resource matchmaking, marketing and business consulting, and an online information portal for growing food businesses; our focus will be on farm, kitchen, and factory-based businesses that are…manufacturing specialty foods or beverages...based in or around Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tompkins counties... wholesaling or intending to wholesale to a larger market (regional and beyond).

Larkin Podsiedlik, has been the Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County in Bath since 2016. She has a Masters in Public Health and a Masters in Agriculture, Food, and the Environment from Tufts University. She will be presenting on how agritourism initiatives can grow local economies, including an update on the regional Finger Lakes Farm Country coalition and opportunities for farmers and local governments to be included.

A sandwich dinner will be provided; reservations are required to ensure that we purchase enough food.    To reserve your spot call 607-962-5092 or email yterwilliger@stcplanning.org by 2:00 PM on the day of the class.  

The class will be held in the STC Conference Room at 8 Denison Parkway East, Suite 310, Corning, NY (link to directions on STC’s website).  

February 12th Agriculture
March 12th  TBD
April 4th Regional Leadership Conference
May 14th  2019 Grant Resources & Networking
June 11th  Possibly - Housing Analysis, Resources, and Assistance
July 9th  - No Class-
August 13th  - No Class- or Possibly Code Enforcement
September 10th  SEQR Training 
October 8th  Possibly - Planning in Water's Way
November 12th  Possibly - Legal Updates on Planning and Zoning
December 10th  FOIL and Open Meetings with Bob Freeman


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