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Workforce and Economic Advancement

Economic Growth worth investing in: Develop, support and sustain the long-term economic vitality of Rensselaer County together.

Thank You to our WE Advance Investors!

The strength of WE Advance efforts relies on the investment and collaboration of investors and regional partners who strive to build a successful, sustainable economy in Rensselaer County. Investors consist of public and private businesses and organizations representing a wide variety of industries. If your company is looking to make a financial investment to help the Chamber be recognized as a credible, business-focused, economic development organization, please contact the Chamber at (518) 274-7020.

 

Visionary

KeyBank has been growing with New York State for more than 190 years. Since its founding in Albany, New York, in 1825, KeyBank has been helping the clients and communities thrive, from Western New York to the Capital Region and beyond. Today, the tradition of growth continues. KeyBank’s acquisition of First Niagara in 2016, made KeyBank the 13th largest U.S.-based commercial bank, with assets of approximately $136 billion.

Rifenburg is one of Upstate New York's oldest and largest family owned construction firms. Working across the Northeast, Rifenburg has become recognized as a leader in getting projects completed on-time and safely. In 2000, one of Rifenburg's largest projects was recognized by OSHA as a VPP site, one of only two such sites to get this distinction in the United States. With over 340 hardworking employees in the Northeast and our regional office in Raleigh, NC, Rifenburg can staff a project of any size. Specializing in earth moving and restoration of all kinds, Rifenburg makes quick work of landfill expansions and closures, site work, highway and bridge expansion and utility installations.

Champion

Pioneer Bank was founded in 1889 to serve the city of Troy, New York and its residents. At that time, banks were created for the people of the community, to promote savings, encourage home ownership and provide financial support to help people build a better life. These are the founding principles behind the bank; a financial institution whose management decisions were made for the good of the customer and whose success benefited the entire community. Pioneer Bank continues to grow, expanding our capabilities and reach, but always with the same values and a deep respect for our founding principles. Today, Pioneer Bank offers our customers a comprehensive array of products and services, with competitive rates and the latest banking options. 

In early March, the United Way of the Greater Capital Region and the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, announced a collaboration with other philanthropy, government and business partners to mobilize a regional response to the COVID-19 crisis.  The Capital Region Community COVID-19 Response Fund was established to provide one-…
Common Energy, a leading community solar provider in New York and Maryland, is offering those affected by the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) new at-home employment opportunities. The company works with official state-supported programs to provide households and businesses guaranteed savings on their electricity and is hiring consultants to bring…
To all nonprofits: During this time of great uncertainty, one thing remains steadfast: our commitment to our clients and our community.  We are offering free grant writing/application assistance for nonprofits and public service entities that may be eligible for disaster relief funding in order to provide enhanced response to the community in…
Apr
03
Whether you already work from home or were recently mandated to do so, this webinar will help you get organized and stay productive without missing a beat…
12 - 1:00 p.m. EST
Apr
08
Microsoft has been enhancing its Office 365 subscription, giving businesses more ways to collaborate and communicate from any place at any time.  Learn to…
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Apr
09
Layoffs, what is in the CARES Act around workforce, relief programs for affected workers, Coronavirus aid, navigating the NYSDOL unemployment insurance…
3:00 p.m. EST