On Monday, June 19, my office partnered with the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce and the Business Improvement District to host “Charting the Course,” a summit that connects local businesses and business owners with key government agencies. At the Patchogue Theatre, Mayor Paul Pontieri gave a presentation on the history of the revitalization of Patchogue. Then, panelists told their stories of success in Patchogue and discussed how the relationship with local government helped them expand to what they are today. Panelists included Jaime Bonnano, owner of Tap Room and Flight restaurants in Patchogue; Mark Burford, president of Blue Point Brewery; Campbell Dalglish, president of The Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center; Dawn Turnbull, vice president of Bridgehampton National Bank; and Chris Kelley, of TriTec Inc.
Event participants met at the Patchogue-Medford Library to take part in panel discussions involving various topics. These breakout panels included “Starting a Business,” “Greening Your Business,” “Leveraging Public Dollars” and “Developing Your Workforce.” All of these workshops were successful in engaging panelists and attendees, allowing for informative discussions that will hopefully be helpful to community members.
The event wrapped up at the Patchogue Theatre with a lunch donated by local restaurants and eateries in the Village of Patchogue. “Charting the Course” saw the coming together of local business owners and representatives in a community space that truly exemplified the strength and comradery in the Village of Patchogue. It speaks volumes of the future the community is building.
Robert T. Calarco