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Economic Advancement

Develop, support and sustain the long-term economic vitality of Rensselaer County together.

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

The continuing vision of BBL Family of Companies is to provide great value by hiring the best people and working with the best partners. We are committed to delivering world-class service - for our hotel guests, our management clients, and our partners. We will continue to enhance the range of services we offer. We will continue to hire, train, and promote dedicated, knowledgeable people at every level of the enterprise and support them with the best capital, systems and management resources. Ranked among the top contractors in the U.S., BBL is an industry leading construction firm, offering a complete scope of services both locally and nationally, for clients across a wide variety of markets. With over 40 years of experience in the industry, BBL has expertise in every aspect of construction.

CAP COM was first established in 1953 as the Capital District Telephone Employees Federal Credit Union for the New York Telephone Company in Albany, N.Y. Back then, all banking needs were handled by one person out of one desk drawer.

More than six decades later, CAP COM has grown to more than $1.5 billion in assets and its subsidiaries service an additional $1 billion in assets. The Credit Union, with locations throughout the Capital Region, has more than 116,000 members and more than 700 companies offer CAP COM membership as a free employee benefit to their staff.

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. 

At its heart, SEFCU is dedicated to helping members achieve their purpose with a complete range of services designed to meet every financial need. SEFCU ranks as the largest credit union in the Capital Region - and is among the 70 largest in the country. We serve members in the Capital Region, Binghamton, Syracuse and Buffalo with 30 branches, over 75 proprietary ATMs and a staff of more than 500.

Northern Rivers Family of Services member agency Parsons Child & Family Center, has been awarded $10,000 grants for its Camp to Belong and Early Head Start programs and a $5,000 grant for its Child and Adolescent Mobile Crisis Team. The Charles R. Wood Foundation award of $10,000 will be used to help fund operations for Camp to Belong New York…
DeCrescente Distributing Company (DDC) is excited to announce a partnership with VPX Sports to distribute BANG® Energy Drink, a great-tasting 16-ounce carbonated beverage formulated to fuel the brain and body. BANG® is now available in 12 unique flavors like Sour Heads and Purple Haze throughout the Capital Region. “BANG® is not your typical high-…
The Berkshire Bank Foundation announced its annual Capacity Building Grant request for proposals (RFPs), a unique grant opportunity to help meet the evolving needs of non-profit organizations in communities served by Berkshire Bank. Berkshire is inviting grant proposals that seek to build the capacity of non-profit organizations by providing funds…
Mar
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Get connected, develop leads and build relationships at our one-of-a-kind, fast-paced networking event. These events are a fun and effective way to focus…
11:30 a.m. Check-in & Luncheon; 12 - 1:15 p.m. Networking
Mar
21
Celebrate the grand opening of the new Mohawk Army Navy store! Located in the new Van Rensselaer Square shopping plaza, this is the first Rensselaer…
3 p.m. Ribbon Cutting
Mar
28
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