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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!"

Joseph's House & Shelter provides serviced services for over 1,000 Rensselaer County individuals in 2017 and helped even more last year, including people sleeping outside in and around our Capital city. If you or your company want to know how you can offer your support to your neighbors who are insecurely housed, do get in touch! You can…
The Friends of Oakwood will begin taking phone reservations on February 1st for their popular Daffodil Brunch. This event sells out quickly. Reserve at 518-328-0090 with your seating choice, name, phone number, and how many people including children. Do not leave a credit card number. We will call for details.  Payment must be received in full…
Lisa Despart, President of AWCplus, was recently recognized as Allied Member of the Year for Capital Region BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association).  As an active member of the organization, Lisa was honored to receive this award.
Jan
24
Get connected, develop leads and build relationships at our one-of-a-kind, fast-paced networking event! These luncheons are a fun and effective way to…
11:30 a.m. Registration; 12 - 1:15 p.m. Networking Program
Feb
15
A panel discussion featuring State representatives addressing issues facing our communities. The Chamber's "Meet The Legislators" event provides members…
11:30 a.m. Check-in & Lunch; 12-1 p.m. Panel Discussion
Feb
28
2019 Economic Outlook: How Macro Impacts the Micro for Your Business. The investment team at Bouchey Financial Group consisting of Steven Bouchey, CFP®;…
11:30 a.m. Check-in & luncheon; 12 -1 p.m. Presentation