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March 8, 2014

IDA chief to give update on economic development

Sandy Mathes, recently appointed chief executive officer of the Otsego County Industrial Development Agency, will speak at The Carriage House, 790 Southside Drive, Oneonta, at 8 a.m. Wednesday. 

Mathes will give an update on the economic development plan for Otsego County. Kathy Clark, chairwoman of the Otsego County Board of Representatives and Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller also will participate in the discussion, according to a media release from Citizen Voices, which is host of the public event.

Mathes, past executive of the Greene County IDA, and Elizabeth Horvath, who serves as the chief operating officer for the Otsego County IDA, were presented in January by state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, as “a new economic development team.”

Mathes will facilitate the preparation of a strategic economic development, including greenfield site preparation, redevelopment opportunities and establishing a “single point of entry” for inquiries, among other initiatives.

Citizen Voices requests that reservations be made at CitizenVoices@hotmail.com.

Shop owner seeks artwork

Theresa Spinelli, owner and operator of Hive, seeks artwork to show and sell at her business at 321 Main St. in Schoharie.

Hive sells a mix of antiques, modern and hand-crafted items and strives to find American-made merchandise and use recycled products, according to a media release. Coffee, tea and desserts also are served.

Spinelli opened the business in May and plans a one-year celebration May 10. The business is in a Victorian structure dating from the mid-1880s, she said, but Hurricane Irene damaged the premises. She has been renovating the building since buying it in November 2012, and photos of improvements have been posted on the business’s Facebook page to sate community curiosity about the project, she said.

“It’s a happy building now,” Spinelli, a Schoharie resident of 12 years, said Thursday.

The business name refers to the definition of “hive” to gather and assemble, she said. Spinelli plans to open an art exhibition area on the second floor of Hive in April and continue developing a schedule of events. By expanding offerings, Spinelli said she hopes to attract visitors to Schoharie to appreciate its architectural beauty, the local landscapes and creative work by area artists.

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