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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

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.

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.

Accent is pleased to announce the highly anticipated opening of their newly renovated workplace, which also serves as their showroom. The result of Accent’s workplace transformation is nothing less than you’d expect walking into a skillfully designed showroom in New York City. The new landscape is designed to stretch the imagination for businesses…
A Decade of Giving from the Arrow Family of Companies Exceeds $4 Million GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (February 24, 2020) — As we embark on a new decade, the Arrow Financial Corporation Family of Companies is pleased to share that its local charitable giving over the past 10 years has exceeded $4 million. Over the years, Glens Falls National Bank and Trust…
The Tri-City ValleyCats will host their Annual Job Fair at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy on Saturday, March 14 from 10:00am - 12:00pm. The Class A affiliate of the Houston Astros will be holding on the spot interviews for various positions for their 2020 season.  Potential employees must be over the age of 15 and have the ability to work during…
Feb
28
A panel discussion featuring State representatives addressing issues facing our communities.  The Chamber's "Meet the Legislators" event provides members…
11:30 a.m. Registration & Luncheon; 12 - 1:00 p.m. Panel Discussion and Q&A
Mar
10
Harness YOUR power within, build professional and personal networks and find inspiring mentors. Learn how to amplify your voice and be heard. Join top…
11:30 a.m. Check-in & Luncheon; 12 - 1:30 p.m. Mentoring Conversations
Mar
12
Join us for a Quick Learn on QuickBooks for Small Business, presented by MicroKnowledge. Live demonstration presented by Kathleen Pingselski on the …
8-8:30 a.m. check-in & refreshments; 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. training session