We all know that arts and culture organizations contribute much to the quality of life in our region. What some may find surprising is these organizations also contribute to the economic vitality of the communities they are located in.
On behalf of the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, I would like to recognize and say thank you to the Community Arts Network of Oneonta board of directors and all the volunteers gathered at the 10th annual Chili Bowl. There is no denying the tremendously important role that volunteering plays in building community networks and sustainable relationships. The economic value and impact of volunteering on the cultural sector is unquantifiable.
As the community gathered on Feb. 2 at in the Wilber Mansion, which is a historic downtown landmark and a centerpiece of Oneonta’s history, we look at the benefits of restoring and maintaining the mansion as an ongoing commitment. The building deserves to be restored to the unique beauty it once was and remains.
CANO has dedicated itself to repairing and repainting the building by 2014. Painting the exterior of the building, resurfacing the gallery walls, and the restoration of the Carriage House are current priorities in their endeavor. The community support at this event and throughout the year has a positive impact on this organization, the community and the region. Thank you to the community for your support and for being a part of the charge to preserve our community history.
Barbara Ann Heegan
Heegan is chief executive officer of the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce.