The Chenango Foundation will be the catalyst to achieve a prosperous, stimulating, satisfying environment which will be attractive for everyone.
To provide a vehicle, and diversity of leadership that will promote self-sufficiency for the economic well being and quality of life in our region.
Board of Directors
The Chenango Foundation
15 South Broad St, Norwich, NY 13815
The Chenango Foundation Board is responsible for aiding research and development contributing to the community development of the Chenango County area. The Foundation also provides continued oversight and development of the Leadership Chenango program aimed at enhancing the development and skills of individuals to become future community and civic leaders. The board meets bi-monthly on the second Friday at 8:00 a.m.
- (President) Kevin Walsh, Peggy Parker Real Estate
- (Vice-President) Deborah Sylstra, Frontier Communications
- (Treasurer) Tom Sutton, NBT Bank
- (Secretary) Michael D. Farrarese, Attorney at Law
- Steve Craig, President & CEO, Commerce Chenango
- Kerrie Johnston, DCMO BOCES
- Luke Murphy, Norwich Pharmaceuticals
Download the Chenango Foundation By-Laws [pdf]
The Chamber of Commerce-Chenango County Foundation, Inc. was officially changed in November 1996 to The Chenango Foundation. The Foundation was created to provide a vehicle for community development projects. It is an efficient way for the Chamber to stay focused on its mission, yet still remain a community partner. Successful projects have been started and nurtured by the efforts of the Foundation, including The Northeast Classic Car Museum, Colorscape Chenango and The Children's Center.
The Northeast Classic Car Museum opened its doors in 1997 under the auspices of the Chenango Foundation. Sponsorship and project support was provided to them for the exploration and establishment of a tourism destination. In 1998, the NECCM received their 501c3 designation. Originally encompassing just one building and 50 cars on display, they currently have over 150 vehicles on display in 4 connected buildings. Informative videos, period fashions, and more enhance the Museum experience. In May of 2009, the Museum opened another 30,000 square feet of exhibit space. Approximately 10,000 visitors from all across the country visit the museum on a yearly basis.
Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival, currently in its fifteenth year, is a juried outdoor exhibition of gallery quality fine arts crafts and music. The sponsors and participants are dedicated to providing a show the highest quality in an interactive atmosphere featuring artist demonstrations, educational activities for children and adults, live entertainment and quality food vending. The Foundation provided sponsorship and project support from 1994 until the Festival received their 501c3 designation in 2000.
The Children’s Center, constructed in 1991, was built through a creative partnership with city government, Opportunities for Chenango and contributions from the business community and committed individuals, based on the premise that this area needed a state-of-the-art developmental center based child care center. In January 1997, OFC decided not to renew their contract and the management and operation of the Center was temporarily transitioned to the Foundation. In 2003, Catholic Charities of Chenango County became the parent organization of the Center and continues to provide quality daycare to Chenango County residents.