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Workforce Advancement

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. 

 

 

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

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.

(West Sand Lake, NY, 6/24/21) – Regional athletes with disabilities from STRIDE Adaptive Sports had a lot to cheer about this past Saturday when they crossed the 5K finish line at Jennings Landing in Albany. Thanks to a generous group of regional businesses led by presenting sponsor American National Insurance – as well as many individual donors…
Wynantskill, NY – On MONDAY, JUNE 21, Catholic Charities Tri-County Services' Camp Scully celebrated a major milestone: 100 years of service to children and families in the region. The celebration included a tour of the newly-renovated camp grounds, a reception and a brief speaking program.  Camp Scully’s anniversary year kicked off with a lofty…
Albany, NY – As COVID-19 cases decline and vaccinations rise, Capital Region professionals are increasingly returning to offices, and employers are hiring and optimistic about further job growth as the economy recovers. However, those expectations are clouded by a significant recruiting challenge, with 4 of 5 employers saying they can’t find…
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From Troy to Troy is a public art project conceived in response to the protest murals created June 2020. Artists who live or work in Troy were invited to…
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25
The Chamber will help Curtis Lumber East Greenbush celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. About Curtis Lumber Curtis Lumber East…
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29
The Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce will help The Cakerino celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Inspired by her own…
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