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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. 

The Rensselaer County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) is dedicated to promoting economic development and vitality within Rensselaer County. Governed by a seven-member board, the IDA has the authority to offer sales and property tax incentives, grants and low-cost capital to attract and retain businesses.

Excelsior College will host a webinar on Election Cybersecurity in New York State on Wednesday, October 21 at 2 p.m. ET. Many election commissions and agencies are working on ways to be better prepared to prevent and handle election security threats. States across the country are implementing efforts to combat cyber risks and ensure this November’…
(Latham, NY) The Sunmark Charitable Community Foundation (Sunmark Foundation) today announced the recipients of the second annual ICU Awards. In celebration of International Credit Union Day (ICU Day), which is celebrated on the third Thursday of October and celebrates the spirit of the global credit union movement, the Sunmark Foundation honors…
Fundraiser event for Vanderheyden at the River Street Market Drinks and food will be offered. Please RSVP if Curbside pickup is preferred. Food offered will be as follows: A Pot Roast dinner or Vegetable stew for two (stew is also GF) , A cheese Quesadilla from Taco Libre, A salad and cheese cake from Maria's, Copper Pot fall beer from Risotto's…
Oct
21
In the Intermediate level e-business class, we take a deeper dive into our 5-step e-business process and explore more closely the specific ways to…
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST
Oct
29
2020 Van Rensselaer Virtual Awards Ceremony A ceremony honoring outstanding examples of philanthropic giving and citizenship. For more than 25 years, the …
4:00 p.m. Virtual Awards Ceremony
Dec
17
Designed to help individuals new to WordPress environment, join Training and Development Specialist, Eleonora Morrell, MicroKnowledge, Inc. to learn how…
8:30 - 10:30 a.m. EST