Happy ThanksgivingWednesday, 25 November 2015
The Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 in observance of Thanksgiving.
Rensselaer County Regional Chamber names next presidentTuesday, 24 November 2015
Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Tony McManus announced today that Michael F. O’Sullivan has been named the next president of the organization, effective Jan. 4, 2016. O’Sullivan is the former publisher of The (Troy) Record and The Saratogian. He will succeed Linda Hillman, who announced in June that she would be stepping down after 15 years in the position.
“Mike is an accomplished executive with extensive experience leading organizations in sales, marketing, strategic planning, finance and budgeting, human resources and general operations,” said McManus. “We are confident that he is the right leader to keep the chamber moving forward with continued success.”
Chamber Board Chair-Elect Michael DiAcetis, who chaired the Executive Search Committee, said, “We were fortunate to have several strong candidates for the position, and that is a tribute to the outstanding organization that Linda Hillman has built. It soon became apparent that Mike O’Sullivan is just what we need to take the chamber to the next level.”
"It's an honor to become president of such a great organization,” said O’Sullivan. “Linda, all the staff and board members have done a terrific job serving the membership and the community for a long time. I look forward to continuing that tradition as the Chamber and the county continue to grow."
From 2004 to mid-2015, O’Sullivan worked for Digital First Media as publisher of The Record and The Saratogian, overseeing day-to-day operations of the local media company that includes two daily and Sunday newspapers, one weekly newspaper, two seasonal publications and three websites. Prior to that, he served as publisher at Southern Rhode Island Newspapers, a group of 15 publications. He has also worked as advertising director, general manager and account executive for several newspapers and communications groups throughout the East Coast.
O’Sullivan is an active community volunteer, providing service to many organizations. In 2013, he served as chair of the Board of Directors of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Saratoga 150 committee which led the 150th anniversary celebration of horse racing in Saratoga Springs. He is a current member of the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club and has served as a member of the boards of directors of the Saratoga County Convention and Visitors Bureau and New York Press Association.
Previously, O’Sullivan served as a board member of several other chambers of commerce in communities where he worked. He has also coached youth basketball and baseball teams.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with specialization in marketing from Villanova University in Pennsylvania.
“We know there are exciting times ahead for the Chamber as Mike takes the lead,” said McManus. “Linda built a really solid foundation for a new president to build on and we know that Mike has the experience, expertise, creativity and enthusiasm to lead us into the future.”Read more...
Welcome New Members!Monday, 16 November 2015
Please welcome the following new members who have joined the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber. Be sure to introduce yourself at upcoming events!
- Northwestern Mutual - Troy Financial Group
- R&G Cheese Makers
- Taco Bell
- Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
- Raona Roy & Company
If you are interested in joining, or you're a member who knows of a great prospective member, please contact the Chamber at 518.274.7020.
Upstate Revitalization Plans AnnouncedMonday, 05 October 2015
The winning regions to receive millions in economic development money will be announced on Dec. 10, at 10:30 a.m. at the Egg's Hart Theatre in Albany.
The Capital Region Economic Development Council is pleased to present its Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) Plan CAPITAL 20.20 ADVANCING THE REGION THROUGH FOCUSED INVESTMENT
In April 2015, Governor Cuomo created an initiative for seven Upstate NY regions to compete for three, one-time, $500 million economic development investments from the State of New York’s URI.
The URI Competition has been an opportunity for the Capital Region to develop data-driven economic development strategies that will have a region-wide impact focusing on revitalizing communities, bolstering workforce development, growing tourism, and improving quality of life.
Our plan highlights our track record of delivering great investment returns as a region, and describes in detail the transformative strategies and initiatives we will pursue—a portfolio that over the next five years will deliver 40,000 new jobs, move 20,000 people out of poverty, and grow our population by 10,000 residents.
Capital 20.20 Strategies
Strategy 1 Next-Tech:Capturing our next growth horizonsRead more...
Strategy 2 Gateway: Connecting markets and businesses
Strategy 3 Talent: Building the workforce of today and tomorrow
Strategy 4 Lift-off: Accelerating ideas, entrepreneurs and businesses
Strategy 5 Metro: Build vibrant cities for businesses and families