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Matt Hazzard

SUNY Herkimer: Hazzard To Coach Girls’ Basketball

HELPED LEAD CCS TO STATE TITLE

SUNY Herkimer: Hazzard

To Coach Girls’ Basketball

Matt Hazzard

COOPERSTOWN – Matt Hazzard, assistant coach on CCS’ 2015 state championship girls basketball team and former Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce executive director, has been appointed head women’s basketball coach at SUNY Herkimer.

Hazzard earned a bachelor’s degree in business economics and sports management from SUNY Cortland and a master’s degree in organization management from Colorado State University.

HAZZARD: Bergene Supported Businesses
LETTER from MATT HAZZARD

Bergene Supported Businesses

To the Editor:

It is a true honor to write to you today and encourage residents to get out and support Hanna Bergene as trustee for the Village of Cooperstown.

I had the distinct privilege to work alongside Hanna during her tenure at the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce. For more than three years, Hanna worked diligently on behalf of both the businesses and residents of our community. On a daily basis her tireless work ethic and passion was on display, skills that she will bring with her to the trustee position.

In our next trustee, it is essential we have someone with a vision for the future of Cooperstown. Having been born and raised here, Hanna would bring her local knowledge and insight to the position. As a young professional, she has grown expediently, from her days at Stagecoach Coffee, to her role at the Chamber, she now serves as a key figure in marketing our county in her role at Paperkite Creative.

All of these experiences have positioned her as the right person at the right time to serve in this role.

While working together, we spoke frequently on the amazing opportunities and potential for our beautiful village. For key issues that have been discussed in this community for years, such as more affordable housing, creating a vibrant Main Street, and embracing younger generations, we need a Trustee that will go the extra mile. She has proven it time and time again with her volunteerism and involvement in local community groups.

For anyone that knows Hanna, her love for our community is evident, and I am confident that she will serve the entire community well.

MATT HAZZARD
Cooperstown

Cooperstown Chamber Names New Director From Elmira Chamber

Cooperstown Chamber

Chooses New Director

From Elmira Chamber

Tara Burke To Succeed Matt Hazzard April 8,
Will Attend Annual Member Meeting March 28
Tara Burke

COOPERSTOWN – Tara Burke, director of communications and program development for the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce in Elmira, has been selected at Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce executive director, effective April 8, it was announced today.

She plans to attend the annual meeting on March 28 at Brewery Ommegang, so members will get a first chance to meet her then.

After 5 Years, Hazzard Leaves Chamber Helm

After 5 Years,
Hazzard Leaves
Chamber Helm

He Plans To Focus
On Leatherstocking Trolley

By PATRICK WAGER

COOPERSTOWN – After five years, the man who helped the village declare “We Are Cooperstown” will be stepping down.
Matt Hazzard, Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce executive director since 2014, announced Monday, Jan. 21, that he would be resigning from the position in April. 
“I’m most proud of the compilation of successes we had during my time there,” he said. “When I look at the Chamber, I felt we have accomplished some great things and with two great summers ahead in 2019 and 2020, it would give a new executive director some great opportunities.”
During his tenure, Hazzard started Cooptoberfest, fall fun for youngsters Columbus Day Weekend as a chance for adults to sample the latest New York beers and ciders in the evening.

Matt Hazzard Resigns As Chamber Executive

HE PROVIDES 3 MONTHS’ NOTICE

Matt Hazzard Resigns

As Chamber Executive

Matt Hazzard

COOPERSTOWN – Matt Hazzard, Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce executive director for almost five years, today announced he is resigning to concentrate on his family business, Leatherstocking Trolley Co., effective in April.

The three-month notice “will allow the board to do a full search for a new executive director,” he wrote in an email to members.  “In the meantime, the chamber will continue to operate in the best interests of our membership and the business community.”

Parade Opens CYB Season

BIG JOB, Little Players

The littlest team, Coach Matt Hazzard’s Price Chopper, got a big job this morning, carrying the lead banner in the Little League Parade into the CYB Field in Hartwick  hamlet.   It took a little while to get the hang of it, but the players then successful led their fellow athletes into the season.  From right are Lily Vilacky, brothers Connor and Landon Van Buren, Paxton Hazzard, Graham Schiellack, Joe Conti and Carter Coleman.  At the field, players sang the National Anthem and former coach Dave Pearlman, left, threw in the first pitch.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Seward Announces Grant for Cooperstown Chamber
$100,000 FOR VISITORS CENTER

Seward Announces Grant

For Cooperstown Chamber

Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Matt Hazzard addresses an audience gathered at the theater in the Fenimore Art Museum, with Senator Jim Seward, R-Milford, looking on. Seward announced a $100,000 State Grant for the Chamber of Commerce to help renovate the Visitor’s Center on Chestnut Street. Hazzard hopes to have some renovations completed by the beginning of the upcoming tourist season, but is aiming to have all of the renovations completed by the end of 2018. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
Railroad Inn Makes It Official

Railroad Inn Makes It Official

Proprietor Perry Ferrara makes it official, cutting the ribbon this evening on his Railroad Inn on Railroad Avenue, Cooperstown, at the start of a community reception. Others, from left, are Cooperstown Chamber Executive Director Matt Hazzard, inn General Manager Bob Holt, Village Trustee Cindy Falk, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, Perry’s wife Cathy, chamber President Danielle Henrici, and chamber Office Manager Hannah Bergene. The inn opened in time for Hall of Fame Weekend, but delayed the official opening until the summer rush was over. (Tara Barnwell/AllOTSEGO.com)
Leatherstocking Group Team Wins Bassett Golf Tournament

Leatherstocking Group Team

Wins Bassett Golf Tournament

The Leatherstocking Group team – from left, Matt Hazzard, Scott Whiteman, Sean Nelen and Matt Schuermann – won first-place gross at the 20th annual KeyBank Bassett Medical Center Invitational May 30, at The Otesaga’s par-72 Leatherstocking Golf Course.  The tournament raised $100,00 for The Friends of Bassett Annual Fund, to be Baused for initiatives across Bassett’s eight-county service area.
Chamber Exec To Members: Make Sure Your Voices Heard
4 COOPERSTOWN ISSUES UPCOMING

Chamber Exec To Members:

Make Sure Your Voices Heard

Matt Hazzard

COOPERSTOWN – At the request of the village trustees, Cooperstown Chamber Executive Director Matt Hazzard is alerting his membership to attend upcoming meetings to express their views on four issues: paid parking changes, snow emergencies, trolley stops and flood-damage prevention.

Two public hearings on related laws are planned, at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, and 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, and “the public is strongly encouraged to attend and share their points of view,” said Hazzard.

Hazzard provided these details on the proposed laws:

Sweaters REALLY UGLY At This Year’s Holiday Race

Sweaters REALLY UGLY

At This Year’s Holiday Run

Brian Wrubleski and a team from Mel's won a top prize in today's third annual “Rockin Around Cooperstown Ugly Sweater Run and Walk”Ugly Sweater 2K and 4K race this afternoon from Pioneer Park through the village to Lakefront Park, sponsored by the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce and the Clark Sports Center. Front row, from left, are Natalie Wrubleski, Santa (Steven Zabroski), Jamie Brinkman and Alex Coffey. Back row, from left, are Emma Ryanmiller, Natha n Tweedie, Brian Wrubleski, Hannah Bergene and Shirley Tyler. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Brian Wrubleski and a team from his Mel’s at 22 Restaurant won a top prize in this afternoon”s third annual Rockin’ Around Cooperstown Ugly Sweater Run & Walk from Pioneer Park through the village to Lakefront Park, sponsored by the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce and the Clark Sports Center. Front row, from left, are Natalie Wrubleski, Santa (Steven Zabroski), Jamie Brinkman and Alex Coffey. Back row, from left, are Emma Ryanmiller, Nathan Tweedie, Brian Wrubleski, Hannah Bergene and Shirley Tyler. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

CLICK FOR UGLY SWEATER SLIDE SHOW

Hazzard’s Can-Do Attitude Wins U of R Hospital Honors

Hazzard’s Can-Do Attitude

Wins U of R Hospital Honors

Matt Hazzard
Matt Hazzard

COOPERSTOWN – Matt Hazzard’s can-do attitude while fighting cancer has resulted in his selection as one of 29 “Wilmot Warrior Walk” honorees to be recognized Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Highland Park Bowl in Rochester.

Being suddenly and unexpectedly diagnosed with a severe type of lymphoma meant Hazzard, now 34 and executive director of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, didn’t have time to plan, said Ruth Harper-Rhode, University of Rochester Medical Center spokesperson, in announcing his selection.

68% Of Business People Against More Paid Parking

68% Of Business People

Against More Paid Parking

Public Hearing At 7 Tonight In Village Hall

Matt Hazzard
Matt Hazzard

COOPERSTOWN – 68 percent of respondents to a Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce survey believe extending paid parking from Labor Day to Columbus Day would have a negative impact on their businesses, Chamber Executive Director Matt Hazzard announced today.

“Results are the entire membership,” said Hazzard in a letter to Chamber members.  “If just the Main Street Business District were represented, the number skew heavily in the direction of negative impact … It is evident that our members are against the expansion of paid parking to Columbus Day.”

Only 20 percent of those surveyed feel that, due to extra revenue in village coffers, the impact of expansion the paid-parking season could be positive.

Hazzard, who will present the findings at 7 p.m. this evening at a Village Board hearing on the required law change, will also propose village trustees convene a meeting with downtown businesspeople before any further expansions of paid parking.

He listed this additional points that he plans to present this evening:

Chamber Polls Its Members On Paid-Parking Expansion

Chamber Polls Its Members

On Paid-Parking Expansion

COOPERSTOWN

Matt Hazzard
Matt Hazzard

The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce has alerted members the Village Board is holding a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan 25, on expanding paid parking five weeks from the Labor Day Weekend to Columbus Day Weekend.

And the chamber is again surveying members on how they feel about expanding paid parking, and to e-mail the survey to hanna@cooperstownchamber.org

“This is an opportunity as a business owner and/or resident of the Village of Cooperstown to be heard,” chamber Executive Director Matt Hazzard wrote in an e-mail to members.  Last year, when the chamber polled members on a plan to expand to paid parking to additional streets, “nearly 75  percent of our membership that responded were against the expansion.”

CLICK TO FILL OUT CHAMBER PARKING SURVEY
Matt Hazzard Told: You’re Cancer Free

Matt Hazzard Told:

You’re Cancer Free

Ordeal Over For Chamber Executive

We won! No one fights alone and we did it together! I can officially say, that I am cancer free! My wife and I can’t thank everyone enough. Rather than type my thoughts, I figured I would record what I am feeling. Please share with everyone you can. All of us are affected by cancer in some way, and hopefully this can show others it can be done!!! Thank you to Mike Millea, Jen, and Elizabeth Millea for being there with Stephanie Hazzard and I today!

Posted by Matthew Hazzard on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Matt Hazzard posted this video yesterday announcing the good news: He is cancer-free after a 10-month ordeal.

COOPERSTOWN – Matt Hazzard, the youthful executive director of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, announced yesterday on his Facebook page that he is cancer-free less than a year after being struck with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

“I could not ask for a better way to end to 2015,” Matt said today in a followup e-mail to Chamber members when, following a PET scan, doctors advised him of his recovery.

“All of the support that the entire membership of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce has provided me during this battle has been incredible,” he continued.  “This entire community rallied behind me, and showed the true spirit our community has.  All of you are operating your own small businesses, and the time you took to support us will be something I will never forget.”

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