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March 1, 2014

Tourism to be focus of round-table meeting

The Daily Star

---- — The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association and the Catskill Association for Tourism Services invite local tourism businesses to the 2014 Legislative Roundtable at Copper Tree at Hunter Mountain from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 20.

“This is an excellent chance for our tourism business community to communicate issues and concerns with our state officials that impact the tourism industry as well as meet and network with fellow business owners from the region,” Mary Beth Silano, executive director for the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, said in a media release.

Some discussion topics include the economic impact of casino gambling on all counties in the Catskill region, organizers said, as well as the CATS 2014 marketing plan. Round-table attendees also may let officials about business obstacles and success stories, organizers said.

Jim Thomson, tourism director for the Chamber and vice president of vice president of Catskill Association for Tourism Services, said tourism in the Catskills is “indeed big business.’’ In 2012, total visitor spending for the Catskill region exceeded $1.07 billion, he said in the release, and the area is just behind the Adirondack region in total visitor spending.

“This round-table is an excellent opportunity to keep informed on the issues that will help push us further up the ladder,” Thomson said.

To register for the free event, visit, organizers said.

Energy efficiency to be topic of Oneonta meeting

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce and Mohawk Valley Economic Development Growth Enterprises Corp. are hosting a free “Lunch & Learn” event at Alfresco’s Italian Bistro, 26 Main St., Oneonta, at noon March 6.

Presenters will give an overview of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs of the state Energy Research and Development Authority, or NYSERDA, according to the chamber. To reserve a space, contact Shelly Giangrant, vice president of member services at 432-4500, ext. 207, or send email to by Monday.

Manager receives national award

John J. Crotts, area supervisor for McDonald’s restaurants and general manager of the Southside McDonald’s, is among the 5 percent “Best Restaurant Managers” in the company nationwide, a media release said.

Crotts, a graduate of Laurens Central School and the State University College at Oneonta, received an award from the company for his achievement during a conference in New Jersey.

The McDonald’s restaurant on Southside Oneonta has plans before the Oneonta town planning and zoning boards for a possible renovation or reconstruction project.

Separately, Alison Cavalone Crotts, his wife, recently was promoted to general manager of the Best Western in Cobleskill, the release said. The couple lives in Oneonta with their children, Annemarie and Ryan.

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