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The Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce is the principal business, civic and economic development agency for the Rensselaer Gateway communities. Founded in 1900, the Chamber represents more than 900 diverse businesses and community organizations employing nearly 43,000 professionals. The Chamber serves all its members -- from sole proprietors to corporations with thousands of people -- with programs and services designed to inform, educate and assist them in reaching their full business potential.

The Chamber is an active advocate in municipal, state and national business and government organizations and effectively represents its membership on public policy issues. In addition, the Chamber is one of three founding members of the Tech Valley Chamber Coalition.

The Rensselaer Gateway communities include Rensselaer County, the cities of Cohoes and Watervliet, and the villages of Green Island and Waterford. These communities are the perfect place to live and raise a family, operate and grow a business or enjoy the many attractions and events held during all seasons of the year. The region has a vibrant and growing business community, friendly neighborhoods, progressive school systems and outstanding cultural institutions and recreational opportunities.

Located at the crossroads of the Northeastern United States, the Rensselaer Gateway is the eastern entry into New York's Capital Region. Historically, the Rensselaer Gateway is considered the birthplace of America's Industrial Revolution; today it is a hub of modern global information businesses. Many leading high technology companies are headquartered here, along with thousands of small entrepreneurial businesses and a network of university-supported incubator businesses.

The Rensselaer Gateway is proud to be home to many cultural institutions, outdoor recreational sites and seasonal sporting adventures. We are within easy distance of the Adirondacks and the Catskills and the Green Mountains of Vermont. In addition, our communities are home to some of the best restaurants in the Northeast.

The uniqueness of the region lies in its many facets -- the bustle of the downtown areas, the conveniences of the suburbs, the beauty of the rural areas. All of this, within close proximity to major metropolitan areas, makes the Rensselaer Gateway an outstanding choice for your home and your business. Welcome to Rensselaer County..."Life Looks Good From Here!"

Local School Celebrates In-Person Opening with New Tradition (Rensselaer, N.Y.) - Students at the Doane Stuart school in Rensselaer gathered around the flagpole earlier this week to celebrate the start of the new school year with a new tradition! For the first time ever, they raised their own school flag! The flag depicting the nearly 50-year old…
Join us and learn how you and your family can benefit from The Catholic Funeral Plan®. Tuesday, October 12th 4-5 pm St. Agnes Cemetery - Menands or Tuesday, October 19th 4-5 pm Most Holy Redeemer- Niskayuna Reservations are recommended. Reserve your spot today for one of our complimentary Information Sessions. Meet our staff, enjoy light…
TROY (09/16/2021)—The Arts Center of the Capital Region is pleased to announce two new grant opportunities this fall. Nonprofits, or artists with a nonprofit sponsor, located in Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady Counties are eligible to apply for the Restart New York Regrant program and the Statewide Community Regrants program (formerly known as…
Sep
30
Transportation — by planes, trains, buses and ships — is a necessary component of a thriving economy. Learn how new transportation infrastructure,…
7:30 a.m. Check-in and Breakfast; 8 - 9:30 a.m. Panel Discussion
Oct
07
In consideration of the health and safety of our honorees, membership and the community, we have postponed the Van Rensselaer Awards Dinner due to the…
5:30 Cocktails and Networking; 6:30 p.m. Awards Program and Dinner
Oct
14
NetworkingPlus is an event designed to expand your connections, generate new leads, and promote your business. Networking will begin with lunch. You will…
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Check-in and Lunch, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Networking