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Living Here

Enjoy a high quality of life with a blend of dynamic urban architectural skylines and wide-open spaces. Once you come to Rensselaer County, you’ll never want to leave!

Get active in the great outdoors of Rensselaer County. Stretching for 30 miles along the scenic and historic Hudson River, Rensselaer County boasts thousands of acres of parks, miles of hiking and walking trails and scores of lakes and ponds. Whether hiking, biking, paddling, skiing or hitting the links, visitors will find lots of fun in exploring the beauty of the county all year-round.

Stroll along scenic downtown streets while window shopping for unique gifts and exotic finds. Explore among quaint country stores and antique dealers for that one-of-a-kind treasure from years past. Visit bustling downtowns for a distinctive combination of shops, cafés, businesses, restaurants, art galleries and beautiful architecture.

Rensselaer County communities are distinguished by affordable housing and diverse architectural style. Residential sites vary from cityscapes to countryside. From cozy colonial farmhouses on winding roads to refurbished downtown brownstones with modern amenities or newly constructed suburban developments, there is something in Rensselaer County for every resident.

Rensselaer County’s culinary scene includes wide-ranging, diverse flavors as well as traditional American fare. Creative chefs take advantage of the region's seasonal, fresh produce and local farming operations.  Stop in for coffee at a cozy café or dine outside on the riverfront as the sun sets. The region boasts award-winning restaurants, grab-and-go options and more, with choices ranging from gourmet to family-friendly to downright eclectic dining.

Visit the Rensselaer County and Renssleaer County Tourism websites for more information.

The School of Architecture has been ranked the 13th best undergraduate program in the nation by the architectural research organization DesignIntelligence. This is the highest ranking in the history of the School of Architecture. The DesignIntelligence Quarterly’s annual “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” edition is the most sought…
The Sage Colleges inaugurated Dr. Christopher Ames as its 10th President. The Inauguration Ceremony was attended by more than 300 students, faculty, staff, and members of the board of trustees, as well as community leaders and political officials. The event, held in the Schacht Fine Arts Center theater on the Russell Sage College campus in Troy,…
The Sage Colleges today announced that it has received a $1.2 million gift from Chet and Karen Opalka in support of the Opalka Gallery on the Sage College of Albany campus. The Opalkas contributed $2 million to construct the gallery prior to its grand opening in 2002, and worked closely with founding director Jim Richard Wilson to establish the…
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7:30 a.m. Check-in & Breakfast; 8-9 a.m. Program
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Review the principles of effective presentation design and delivery. Learn how to organize content, formatting, colors and many other tips. Topics Include…
8 - 8:30 a.m. Check-in & Refreshments; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Training Session
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Designed for Chamber members looking to maximize their investment by getting engaged and connected with the business community. Whether you’re a new or…
7:30 a.m. Check-in & Breakfast; 8 - 9 a.m. Benefits Overview & Networking