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The Partnership for Community Development (PCD) is an economic development non-profit serving the Hamilton area.  

Established in 1998, the PCD works closely with our partners-the Village of Hamilton, the Town of Hamilton and Colgate University- to enhance sustainable economic opportunities and foster community vitality through imaginative community-based projects. 

  • The PCD's Mission

    We will enhance sustainable economic opportunity and community vitality in the village and town of Hamilton and the surrounding areas.

    Specifically, we help:

    • Existing businesses and farms thrive.
    • Attract and support new community-minded businesses and talent to our area.
    • Develop attractive, inviting and commercially viable downtown area.
    • Preserve and enhance the small town, rural character of our community, staying authentic to who we are.
    • Foster widespread civic involvement in community development initiatives.
    • Research, solicit, and administer grants and gifts to serve these purposes and leverage the community resources of our Partner organizations.


    2015 Economic Development and Housing Forum: Click here for the results. 

  • Contact Information

    Jennifer Marotto Lutter, Executive Director (email)

    Laura Caughlan, Economic Development Specialist (email)

    11 Payne Street, PO Box 37
    Hamilton, NY 13346

  • History

    Following long-range planning efforts in the Town of Hamilton and Village of Hamilton, representatives of the Town, Village and Colgate University met in August 1998 to discuss opportunities for a cooperative project that would revitalize the local economy and enhance the quality of life for area residents.

    Attending were the town supervisor, the chair of the town's long-range planning effort; the mayor of the village; the University's president, treasurer, communications director, a faculty member with a record of community projects and the consultants who had assisted with the town's plan. That meeting was the first anyone could remember when Town, Village and Colgate University had convened to explore their common concerns.

    The University offered to fund a majority share of start-up expenses, with contributions from the Village and Town. River Street Planning & Development was hired to provide professional staffing and oversight in the early going. An ad hoc group of interested citizens identified four priority projects for initial development.

    Their initiatives included:

    • creating programs to foster small business development;
    • providing design help and funding to improve building facades and streetscapes in the five-block business district of downtown Hamilton;
    • restoring the Village Green, center of many cultural and economic activities;
    • establishing retail and marketing support for local arts and crafts.

    The group proposed forming a community development corporation to provide stability and continuity for their efforts. All of their planning was done with an eye toward other needs in the area - both those identified in the Town and Village plans, and a new effort to foster business growth at the Village's airport.

    The Partnership for Community Development

    An ad hoc committee organized in October 1998 under the working title of The Hamilton Community Development Initiative was incorporated as the not-for-profit Partnership for Community Development on June 2, 1999. Their goal was "to develop and implement a community-driven revitalization strategy that taps into considerable yet under-utilized local assets ...[in partnership] with New York State... to implement targeted economic and community development initiatives that will boost Hamilton's role as a key economic, educational, civic and cultural hub in Central New York."

    This collaborative partnership between, The Village of Hamilton, The Town of Hamilton and Colgate University, continues to thrive today, with a renewed sense of commitment to the Partnerships mission. Additionally, the PCD has matured as an organization, becoming an agent for change in the greater Hamilton area and has been recognized as a state model of municipal/academic collaboration by the Empire State Development Corporation.

  • Board of Directors

    The Board's make-up is intended to reflect the geographic reach of the organization, our focus on community vitality and its ongoing commitment to the collaboration between the Town and Village of Hamilton, Colgate University and community residents.

    The Board holds its annual meeting each June and is required to meet an additional three times during the year.

    Board of Directors

    Peter Radosta, President

    Dave Buran, Vice President

    Jennifer Marotto Lutter, Secretary

    Sean Fadale, Treasurer 

    Joanne Borfitz

    Peter Darby

    Lindsay LaRuffa

    Russ Lura

    Jody Palmer

    Peter Radosta

    Mike Sciola

    Clay Skinner



  • Micro-Assistance Grants


    $35,000 in Micro-Assistance Grants Awarded to 14 Hamilton Businesses

    The Micro Assistance grants are awarded through a competitive process and are intended to encourage small businesses to undertake new and innovative projects. $35,000 in funding for the program was provided by the Madison County Capital Resource Corporation. The PCD received a total of 34 applications. Grants ranged from $750 to $4,500, and were awarded to:

    1. Firehouse Extinguishers
    2. Fruit of the Fungi
    3. Good Nature Brewing
    4. Hamilton Music Studio
    5. Highland Farms
    6. Hope Psychological Services
    7. Kissing Dog Designs
    8. Kriemhild Dairy Farms
    9. Licking Branch Maples
    10. Patricia's Guest House
    11. Poolville Country Store
    12. The Green Door
    13. The Law Firm of Quesada & Moore
    14. The Zen Den



    $32,000 in Micro-Assistance Grants Awarded to 12 Hamilton businesses

    The grants were awarded through a competitive process and are intended to encourage small businesses to undertake new and innovative projects. Funds for the program were provided by the Madison County Capital Resource Corporation, a nonprofit development corporation operated by the Madison County Industrial Development Agency.

    Grants were provided to fund a wide variety of projects, including marketing, capital improvements, new equipment, and technology. Grants ranged from $1,000 to $4,500 and were awarded to:

    PCD Mirco Assistance Grants

    The goal of the Micro-Assistance Grant program is to provide seed funds that will enable our small businesses to grow and succeed. Through a competitive evaluation process by the grant review committee and the PCD Board of Directors, these 12 businesses' projects were identified has having a strong return on investment with a high potential for increasing sales, customers, and overall business activity.

    We hope the resulting success of these 12 projects will continue to enhance the economic vibrancy of Hamilton. One of the most important components of the PCD's mission, and the mission of our Small Business Resource Center, is to provide the tools and resources our business community requires so they can expand and thrive. The Micro-Assistance Grant program is a key tool to that end.

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