Thoughts and Reflections as We Start 2024
Welcome to 2024…it seems years are flying by quicker than ever. Ok, maybe it’s just me.
Public sector work looks robust for the coming year, while the private sector is in a bit of a lull. I’ve heard a couple of theories:
- Higher interest rates have put some projects on hold until borrowing rates are more attractive.
- Backlog of projects ready to go due to “COVID time lag.”
The latter part of 2024 looks robust with projects and the emphasis will be on attracting and retaining quality personnel.
As I reflect on the past years of our organization’s history, I am proud and appreciative of our Boards’ leadership in making our Associations not just good, but great community citizens. The Associations and our members do an outstanding job and support great causes throughout the years. Make a Wish, Hospice, Habitat for Humanity, Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, various scholarship funds and hospital foundations, Stewart Military Appreciation Picnic, military and veteran causes benefit from not only our dollars, but in many cases our manpower.
One of the things that occurred in 2023: I am happy to have successfully navigated a hacking experience. As cynical and - I thought - proactive I am in regard to cyber-security, we were close to being successfully hacked. A HUGE thank you to our IT consultant, local provider CMIT from Goshen, for helping us navigate through a serious incident in November.
I’d be a lot happier without the experience, but having CMIT as our provider helped us avoid what could have been a major issue. We take cyber-security very seriously and in spite of that, yes, it can happen. Lots of mail goes out that looks like it is coming from CCA, myself, or one of our Board officers. Please be careful and if you have any questions about an email, please pick up the phone and call us at 845-562-4280 to verify the validity of the e-mail.
Our new website is now up and running - we are still tweaking it and will keep it updated throughout the year. Keep an eye out for our calendar and membership updates. Going forward, we will not be printing our membership directory, but will instead have a current membership listing in each quarterly magazine. Please take a moment to review your contact information and contact Lisa (email@example.com) if any updates or corrections are needed.
Enough of the ramblings for the moment. Please enjoy a happy, healthy and successful 2024.