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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.

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.

Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (August 14, 2019) – The Chazen Companies is pleased to announce Kaitlin Sims, Engineer in Training, has joined the company as a Project Engineer for its Land Development group in its office in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sims has previous experience as a Design Engineer for Chattanooga Engineering Group, developing commercial and…
TROY, N.Y., August 16, 2019 – The Rensselaer County Historical Society (RCHS) announced today that it has been chosen through a competitive selection process as one of 10 museums in the United States to participate in a Smithsonian pilot project to develop a unique humanities-based exhibition about local work history. The project is a hands-on…
The Chamber welcomes Tom Engle to the position of Communications Manager. Prior to joining the Chamber, Tom most recently worked in the marketing department at Saratoga Casino Hotel, where he was the lead copywriter for all marketing communications and collateral. He also managed the property's press and media relations and assisted with…
Aug
22
How long does it take to make a first impression? (Answer: 7 seconds!) Are you and your business ready? Let the Chamber’s upcoming Ask the Experts…
11:30 a.m. Check-in & Luncheon; 12 - 1:30 p.m. Workshop
Sep
12
Get connected, develop leads and build relationships at our one-of-a-kind, fast-paced networking event! These events are a purposeful and effective way to…
11:30 a.m. Check-in & Luncheon; 12 - 1:15 p.m. Networking
Sep
26
An evening honoring outstanding examples of philanthropic giving and citizenship. For more than 25 years, the Chamber has recognized businesses that…
5:30 p.m. Networking & Cocktail Reception; 6:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony & Dinner