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First meeting of the Local Planning Committee

The first meeting of the Local Planning Committee (LPC) for the Cooperstown NY Forward Award will be held in the Ballroom at Village Hall on Wednesday May 24th from 4:30- 6:30 p.m. The LPC will review the NY Forward planning process and determine future meeting dates.  The six-month process to develop the Strategic Investment Plan will include two separate Community Meetings to gather input from Village residents and at least one additional outreach session at a to-be-determined community event to help guide the SIP.  All LPC meetings are open to the public. For more information, please visit or contact Stefan Lutter ( or Danny Lapin (

Planning Committee

The Village is looking forward to working with the NYS Department of State approved members of our Local Planning Committee. It will be the task of the LPC and its 14 members to develop the Strategic Investment Plan which will identify projects which are ready for implementation and align with the Village’s vision as stated in the NYF application. We are excited to begin the process!

Ken Meifert:  Co-Chair; MVREDC Council Member; VP – Sponsorship & Development NBHOF

Ellen Tillapaugh: Co-Chair; Mayor, Village of Cooperstown

Carolyn Lewis: Director of Legislative Affairs & Grants, Bassett Medical Center

Tara Burke: Director, Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce

Matt Denison: Owner, Rudy’s Liquor Store/Main Street

Sarah Spross: Superintendent, Cooperstown Central School

Keith Gulla: Owner, Landmark Inn

Tom Hohensee: Council Member, Town of Otsego

David Sanford: Cooperstown VFW

Patsy Smith: Village resident; retired business owner, SchoolHouse Kitchen LLC

Josh Edmonds: Simple Integrity, LLC

Ian Porto: Owner, Natty Bumppo’s Bar & Restaurant

Brenda Wedderspoon Gray: Director, Clark Sports Center

Jeff Katz: Executive Director, Community Foundation of Otsego County

New York Forward Announcement

On March 2, 2023, it was announced that the Village would receive the $4.5 million award!

We are just at the beginning of the award implementation process, which starts with developing a Strategic Investment Plan to revitalize our downtown. The State will select a Local Planning Committee made up of community leaders and other stakeholders to lead these efforts, supported by a team of private sector experts and state planners. The Strategic Investment Plan will examine local assets and opportunities to identify projects that align with each community’s vision and that are poised for implementation. Funding will be awarded for selected projects from the Strategic Investment Plan that have the greatest potential to jumpstart revitalization and generate new opportunities for long-term growth.

Future updates and opportunities for involvement will be posted here on the Village’s website.

New York Forward Application – Village of Cooperstown


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