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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.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has affected the economy and workforce, Saint Rose will offer a free Sales Skills Training Certificate Boot Camp to help displaced workers or those looking to sharpen their skills or change industries. This online non-credit bearing program is delivered by the College’s Sales Professional in Residence…
The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society (MHHS) has launched a Behavior and Enrichment Helpline (BAEH) for pet owners. This free service provides training and behavior tips and solutions to common pet challenges with the aim of enhancing relationships and ultimately keeping animal companions with the families who love them. It is one of three programs…
Greenstone Experiential is announcing new services for the 2020 summer and fall season which include both socially distanced in-person retreats for personal growth and learning, as well as services for businesses for transitioning back to work and adjusting to the need for racial openness in the workplace. Greenstone Experiential (GreenstoneXP) is…
Jul
30
Employee Wellness is more than having healthy employees who exercise regularly and don’t smoke; it’s about the value of well-being in the workplace which…
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST
Aug
17
Join us for a day of clubs, carts & connections at The Country Club of Troy! Start practicing your swing!  The Chamber's 2020 Annual Golf Classic will…
Tee Times Available Between 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Sep
17
2020 Award Recipients To Be Announced Soon! An evening honoring outstanding examples of philanthropic giving and citizenship. For more than 25 years, the …
5:30 p.m. Networking & Cocktail Reception; 6:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony & Dinner