Welcome to The Harlem Valley Chamber of Commerce
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Welcome to the Harlem Valley in beautiful eastern Dutchess County, and the towns of Amenia, Dover Plains, Millbrook, Millerton, Pine Plains & Stanfordville. Tucked away at the foothills of the Berkshire and Taconic Mountains, and nestled in between the Taconic State Parkway and the Route 22 corridor, the towns of the Harlem Valley are steeped with tradition, business, grand shopping, delicious dining, fine arts, and much more. An easy commute from New York City by car or train — we invite you to come visit us. We’re sure once you do, you will want to come back again and again.
Upcoming Harlem Valley Chamber Meetings & Events
2014 Harlem Valley Chamber Monthly Meeting
November 6, Thursday — Join us for an evening with invited speaker, Lydia Higginson, Deputy Director of Dutchess County Tourism. Lydia will speak about the economic impact of tourism on dutchess county, what DCT does specifically for the Eastern part of the county, and what DCT can do for tourism related businesses (e.g., hotels, restaurants, attractions, outdoors). She will also speak about the Farm Fresh program!
Location: Maplebrook School, Amenia, NY Time: 7:00pm Refreshments will be served
Lydia Higginson joined the staff of Dutchess County Tourism (DCT) as the community relations manager in 2007 and in 2008 was promoted to Deputy Director. Lydia develops programs to attract events, meetings and business conferences to the area. She educates and informs businesses, organizations and the community about the accomplishments, programs and economic impact of tourism. Her duties also include planning promotions and events. She plays an active role in the community and works with civic leaders and tourism businesses to develop and maintain tourism in the area.
In addition, she has served on Cornell Cooperative of Dutchess County & Arts Mid-Hudson’s board of directors, and is currently an advisor to the Taste of NY Todd Hill store, Vassar Powerhouse Theater, Vassar Farm Project, Events Committee for Arts Mid-Hudson, and serves on the board of Mill Street Loft Arts.
Prior to working at Dutchess County Tourism, she held positions as the director of development at Locust Grove, The Samuel Morse Historic Site and account representative for the Taconic Newspapers’ Hudson Valley Guide. Lydia is a graduate of Bucknell University.
Dutchess County Tourism (DCT) was established in 1984. A destination marketing organization, it brings tourism dollars to area businesses by marketing and promoting the assets of Dutchess County to the nation and the world. The DCTPA is a division of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation and is funded by the County of Dutchess. Their offices are located at 3 Neptune Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie; visit www.DutchessTourism.com or call 845/463-4000.
December holiday gathering — TBA
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A Bit About Our Mission
Founded in 2003, as the Amenia Chamber of Commerce the The Harlem Valley Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan organization that seeks to promote and advance the business interests of its members in the area and beyond. Together the towns and the Harlem Valley Chamber of Commerce have nurtured a diversified business community focused on energy, tourism, agriculture, manufacturing, retail and the arts.