Leadership Chenango is designed to identify and develop individuals to become community leaders, volunteers for charitable organizations, and board members for school, government or community organizations. Participants join over 300 alumni who are applying their skills to make a difference in Chenango County. Many of the Leadership Chenango Alumni currently serve in leadership roles in the community or their workplace. As a program of the Chenango Foundation, we are committed to developing all facets of the county including the leaders who will guide our area toward future successes.
Leadership Chenango aims to enhance the development of long-term leadership in the County by:
The Chenango Foundation 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 Chamber of Commerce-Chenango County Foundation, Inc. was officially renamed The Chenango Foundation, Inc. in November 1996. The Chenango Foundation was created to provide a vehicle for community development projects. Successful projects and efforts have included 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 for the establishment of the tourist 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 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 twentieth year, is a juried outdoor exhibition of gallery quality fine arts crafts and music. The sponsors and participants are dedicated to providing an interactive atmosphere featuring artist demonstrations, educational activities for children and adults, live entertainment and quality food vendors. The Chenango Foundation provided sponsorship and project support from 1994 until the Festival received their 501c3 designation in 2000.
The Children’s Center, a state-of-the-art developmental and child care center, was constructed in 1991 through a creative partnership with city government, Opportunities for Chenango and contributions from the business community and committed individuals. 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. Since then, the Children’s Center has closed but the Chenango Foundation provides funding for a much needed child care initiative.