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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

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.

College Factual recently released its 2018 rankings for the best colleges and universities for non-traditional students, and Excelsior College has performed extremely well. Excelsior College was ranked #1 out of a total of 90 colleges and universities evaluated in the U.S. in providing quality education to non-traditional students. This makes it…
City of Troy Mayor Patrick Madden announced the schedule for the City’s design workshop series associated with the redevelopment of the One Monument Square site. The multi-day event will commence on the evening of Monday, June 18, and will continue for the next three days through Thursday, June 21.  Mayor Madden said “The City of Troy is embarking…
Kick off the summer with a free community event! Samaritan and St. Mary’s hospitals will present the movie “Ferdinand” at the third annual Park and Play Movie Night. The event will take place on Friday, June 1, (with a rain date of June 8) on the lawn of St. Mary’s Hospital, located at 1300 Massachusetts Avenue in Troy. The fun starts at 7:30 p.m…
May
25
Join us as we celebrate the grand opening of The Little Rice Ball! The Little Rice Ball believes that any restaurant can play their part in protecting our…
11 a.m.
Jun
07
Reach your full sales potential with this knowledge-packed half day of training. Do you work for a nonprofit encouraging donors to invest in your mission…
11:30 a.m. Lunch & Check-in; 12 p.m. Keynote Speaker; 1:30 p.m. Breakout Session 1; 3:00 p.m. Breakout Session 2; 5:15 p.m. Sales & Ales Networking
Jun
14
Join us for a discussion with the mayors of Cohoes, Green Island, Hoosick Falls, Rensselaer, Troy and Watervliet.  Panelists will discuss timely issues…
7:30 a.m. Registration & Breakfast; 8 - 9 a.m. Panel Discussion and Q&A