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Workforce Development

A strong workforce means a vibrant economy. Through connecting businesses and educational partners, we're committed to creating a quality workforce pipeline, with critical skills for the 21st century market.

The Chamber partnered with Questar III BOCES to produce a series of workforce development videos to encourage students to pursue careers in the trades. If you have questions or would like to be involved in a video, please contact Maureen McGuinness at (518) 687-1244.


With a rapidly evolving, global economy, the race for talent is increasingly competitive. In every industry, employers are asking the same question: How are we going to attract, train and retain the best workers? Education, development and retention are the key to our region’s future and continued economic growth.

At the core of the Chamber is the commitment to ensuring that current and future generations have career opportunities in our area by enhancing the quantity and quality of talent development.

The Chamber is dedicated to providing programs and services to preserve and attract talent in the region and ensure members remain highly competitive. We aim to support the talent needs of all business.

Our work with our region’s school districts is transforming the outcomes of students by working to ensure they graduate career- and college-ready. The Bob Horan Workforce Development Initiative is aligning efforts to expose and prepare local students to job opportunities created in our area. We work to ensure the Chamber provides the avenue for members to grow and retain their current and future talent pipeline.

From assisting educators in finding mentors for students and externship opportunities to matching students with internship and shadowing opportunities and exposing them to the multitude of careers, our workforce development initiative is creating a platform to connect the educational community to the business community for the betterment of our region.

The Bob Horan Initiative for Workforce Readiness

Proudly Sponsored by CSArch

This initiative is committed to fostering dynamic relationships between educators and business professionals. Programs from this initiative include our annual symposium in October and any subsequent event, project and partnership connected to workforce readiness.

Phinney Design Group, a multi-disciplinary Architecture, Interior Design and Construction Management firm located in Saratoga Springs, was given with The American Institute of Architects Eastern New York (AIAENY) Honor Award, presented by Patrick Quinn, on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at The Arts Center in Troy. Phinney Design Group was recognized…
This year marks the Centennial Celebration of the building housing YWCA of the Greater Capital Region (May 8, 1918 to May 8, 2018). This is the perfect time to reflect with friends and supporters like you who have changed the lives of women on their journey to improving themselves and providing a better life for their children.    We ask you to…
Center for Economic Growth is accepting applications for award recognition from both Companies and Individuals working in Tech Valley’s technology community. Nominations are encouraged from a variety of high-tech industries, including advanced materials, manufacturing, renewable energy, biotech/medical, software/IT and nanotechnology. New for 2018…
Learn proactive ways to help prevent harassment in the workplace that you can implement right away. Workplace harassment can ruin a great job and turn a…
7:30 a.m. Check-in & Breakfast; 8-9:30 a.m. Training
Join us for a ribbon cutting celebrating the newly renovated Boys & Girls Club of Southern Rensselaer County! The public is welcome to attend and see…
11 a.m.
A representative from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be available at the Chamber office.  This service is available to all businesses…
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.