Monthly Archives: March 2020

March 23, 2020 Anne

Experienced Business Leaders Needed

Are you an experienced business leader who has owned and successfully operated a business?

We’re pulling together experienced business leaders and mentors to form a Business Continuance Task Force to help in a number of ways,  including: determining if a business could be considered  essential, finding ways around loss of customers, how to pay employees, how to mitigate the need for  layoffs, how to manage cash flows and minimize economic impacts to businesses and  how to safe guard friends and family while operating a business in the new paradigm. Our goal is to guide our businesses to be stronger and better positioned to accelerate their growth after this crisis is passed.

If you’re a semiretired/retired or otherwise experienced business leader who has owned/ operated, has successfully provided hands-on leadership, and has been responsible for payroll, employment, business strategies, and marketing/communication and are willing to volunteer your talent – we need you.

Please  complete the Business Continuance Task Force Member Form so we can begin to assemble our Task Force.

If you have any additional questions regarding the taskforce, please contact Judy McKinney Cherry, CEcD by email at or by phone at 607-535-6861.

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March 20, 2020 Njeri P

Manufacturers Needed – Production for COVID-19

The federal government is seeking manufacturers that can produce critically needed supplies for the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage all manufacturers to take the survey ASAP.

Due to the urgency of this request, manufacturers should take the survey as soon as possible.

Click Here To Complete The National Response Survey for Manufacturers

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March 18, 2020 Anne

Emotional Support Services

NY OMH Emotional Support Line – 1-844-863-9314

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many New Yorkers feeling anxious and stressed.

Call the support line to talk with a professional  if you are feeling anxious, stressed, or in need of emotional support.

The service is free and open to all New York residents.

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March 17, 2020 Anne


Below is the essential list of common Schuyler County Businesses Exempt from Mandatory Workforce Reductions. For a complete list visit. If your business is part of an exempt industry/function on the essential list – or if any part of your business provides service to an essential industry – then you are already exempt and do NOT need to submit an application.

If you are business is not on the exemption list yo may request an exemption designation. To request an exemption designation complete the Request for Designation Form and email to

If you have any questions regarding your exemption status, please call SCOPED at 607-535-6861 prior to completing the Request for Designation Form.

1. Essential health care operations including

  • hospitals
  • walk-in-care health facilities
  • emergency veterinary and livestock services
  • elder care
  • home health care workers or aides
  • doctor and emergency dental
  • nursing homes
  • medical supplies and equipment providers

2. Essential infrastructure including

  • utilities including power generation, fuel supply and transmission
  • public water and wastewater
  • hotels, and places of accommodation

3. Essential manufacturing including

  • food processing, manufacturing agents, including all foods and beverages
  • chemicals
  • sanitary products
  • agriculture/farms
  • household paper products

4. Essential retail including

  • grocery stores
  • pharmacies
  • convenience stores
  • farmer’s markets
  • gas stations
  • restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)
  • hardware and building material stores

5. Essential services including

  • trash and recycling
  • mail and shipping services
  • laundromats
  • building cleaning and maintenance
  • child care services
  • auto repair
  • warehouse/distribution
  • funeral homes
  • animal shelters

6. News media

7. Financial Institutions including

  • banks
  • insurance
  • payroll
  • accounting

8. Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations including

  • food banks
  • human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed programs

9. Construction including

  • skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers
  • other related construction firms

10. Defense

  • defense and national security

11. Essential services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or other essential businesses including

  • law enforcement
  • fire prevention and response
  • building code enforcement
  • security
  • emergency management and response
  • building cleaners or janitors
  • general maintenance
  • automotive repair
  • disinfection

12. Vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care and services:

  • logistics
  • technology support for online services
  • child care programs and services
  • government owned or leased buildings
  • essential government services


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March 4, 2020 Anne

Watkins Glen DRI Fund is open!

Watkins Glen Downtown Revitalization Initiative Fund Application Period is open!

Do you own a commercial building located in the Watkins Glen DRI Area? Is your building in need of commercial façade renovations, interior commercial renovations, and/ or the rehabilitation of residential rental units? The DRI Fund provides reimbursable matching grants of up to 50% for awarded qualified and approved projects.

Project applications and program guidelines are available here. Applications can also be picked up at the SCOPED office located at 910 S. Decatur Street and at the Village Hall at 303 N. Franklin Street. All Applications are due to SCOPED Offices no later than 4pm on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

For more information or to schedule a meeting to discuss your project, please contact Amanda Arnold Rodriguez at 607-535-6862 or at

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