Grand Opening CelebrationFriday, 21 November 2014
Grand Opening: Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce
Chamber members joined the celebration at our new office in 100-year-old Proctor's Theater in downtown Troy on Thursday, November 20, 2014.We would like to thank The Cookie Factory for providing delicious cookies, cake, and The Franklin Plaza for providing refreshments. We're excited to share our new space with all of our members, including two conference rooms available at no cost.
Visit The Troy Record for photos from the open house.
Visit The Times Union for a story and photos of our new office.
Visit The Troy Record for a story on Proctor's Theater, our new home.
Visit the Albany Business Review to see the economic development and revitalization happening in the City of Troy.
Article of the week: Why No One's Reading Your Marketing ContentWednesday, 19 November 2014
This week's article by Harvard Business Review explains seven highly effective ways to spark your reader's interest, keep their attention and communicate your message successfully.
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Welcome New Members!Friday, 21 November 2014
Please welcome the following new members who have joined the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber. Be sure to introduce yourself at upcoming events!
- Infinity Cafe
- O'Briens Public House
- Leona Grace Ballroom
- DALLE Accounting and Cash Management, Inc.
- SERVPRO of North Rensselaer and South Washington Counties
- Saratoga Living Magazine
- Dynamic Dental Services
- The Flying Chicken
- Cartvu Media
If you're a future member interested in joining, or you're a member who knows of a great prospective member, please contact the Chamber at 518.274.7020.
Article of the week: How to Get a Meeting With AnyoneWednesday, 12 November 2014
Is there someone in the Capital Region you would drop everything to get a meeting with? This week's article by Fast Company explains 7 steps to help you build your credibility, find common ground and solidify that meeting.
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Article of the week: Why Great Entrepreneurs Must Build Strong RelationshipsWednesday, 05 November 2014
If you are a relationship-builder, you inherently understand that running a successful company is a collective effort. This week's article explains six ways to maximize your talents and lists top 10 talents of successful entrepreneurs.
Article of the week: How to Correct a Social Media BlunderThursday, 30 October 2014
Mistakes happen. To avoid any long-standing damage to your organization and brand, the experts at Hootsuite (a social media management system) have pulled together a game plan to help fix errors and avoid mishaps in the future.
Creative Economy Summit on November 13Friday, 10 October 2014
Capital Region Creative Economy
Ranked a priority project by the Capital Region Economic Development Council in 2013, CEG was awarded Empire State Development funds to study and leverage the region’s creative assets as economic drivers.CEG and the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region have contracted with Mt. Auburn Associates to undertake the study, which will be rolled out at a November 13th conference with Keynote Speaker SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher at Proctors' GE Theatre. This project is the culmination of several years of CEG-initiated conversations and partnerships to advance arts, culture and tourism as a critical component of our region’s economy. Join the conversation online using the hashtags: #CAPtivate #UpNYCreative
Click here for the full study in PDF form.
Click here to learn more about Capital Region Creative Economy.
Message from the Co-Chairs
Capital Region Regional Co-ChairsJames J. Barba, J.D.
President & CEO
Albany Medical Center
Robert J. Jones, Ph.D.
University at Albany
2014 Progress Report and Presentation to Governor Cuomo’s State Agency Team Met With Enthusiasm
On September 16, the Capital Region Economic Development Council (CREDC) presented our 2014 Progress Report to a panel of state officials representing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, emphasizing, as always, our cooperative effort to strengthen our economy and the region.
We believe that our hour-long report, which involved numerous Council members and recipients of state grants, was met with enthusiasm. In fact, the next day the Daily Gazette in Schenectady reported that Kenneth Adams, President, CEO & Commissioner of Empire State Development (ESD), said our region “has had a fantastic year” and that we “would be a very strong competitor (in Round IV state funding) against the nine other regions in the state.” He also pointed to the positive mix of our priority projects- rural, urban and suburban.
Our team was especially proud to tell the reviewing panel that our Council’s 307 projects are being implemented at particularly notable rates:
- 2011: 100 projects, representing 90 percent.
- 2012: 105 projects, representing 84 percent.
- 2013: 102 projects, representing 91 percent.
We also were very pleased to report that $200 million in CFA awards has leveraged a total of more than $1.16 billion in public and private investment in the region over the first three funding rounds.
Article of the week: 4 Tips on Managing Your Business CommunicationsWednesday, 08 October 2014
The way your organization communicates should be intertwined with your organization's culture. What you're communicating, how you're communicating and when you're communicating to your constituents is crucial. Read this week's article to learn best practices on how to effectively communicate.
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Article of the week: 12 Essential Elements of Social Media Marketing StrategyWednesday, 22 October 2014
Want to attract, engage and convert social media fans into paying customers? This week's article provides a checklist of 12 essential elements that will help make that happen.
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Article of the week: 7 Steps To Getting Your Readers To Take ActionThursday, 02 October 2014If you or a co-worker create content for marketing strategies and your goal is to motivate your organization's audiences to take action, this is the article for you!Images are crucial to the success of your marketing strategy. Blogs and social media posts receive approximately 94% more views than posts without images. Forbes offers a guide on how to use images in your marketing strategy effectively.