CHENANGO COUNTY – The Leadership Chenango Class of 2008 thinks Chenango County is a wonderful place to live, and because of that, they are inviting residents who have left to “Come on home, Chenango.”
Leadership Chenango, a program of Commerce Chenango, was developed in the 1980s as a way to identify and develop individuals to become future community and civic leaders, volunteers for charitable organizations, potential board members for schools, and government or community organizations. The class always takes on a group project, and this year’s class decided theirs would address the issue of young people leaving the area.
Class member Jennifer Tavares, who works in the economic development office at Commerce Chenango, explained the class came up with the idea for the “Come on home, Chenango” project after they realized they wanted to draw people back. Local physician Dr. Thomas Holmes took the idea and ran with it, drafting a letter. The class decided to distribute the letter, along with informative pamphlets about what Chenango County has to offer, to residents who have left the area.