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  • New York State "Bridge to Success" Loan Program for Minority and Women Contractors

    Wednesday, 29 April 2015

    Empire State Development (ESD) will expand access to short-term Loans for New York State Certified Minority and Women-Owned firms doing business with New York State. The "Bridge To Success" Loan Program will invest at least $20 million to expand access to short-term bridge loans for Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) The program will provide qualified MWBEs with the short-term resources they need to participate in the up to $1 billion in contracting opportunities with New York State. Under the terms of the "Bridge to Success" program, ESD will provide up to $2.73 million in loan loss reserves to support the $20 million in short term loans provided by participating lenders. Loans will typically be under $200,000 with terms under two years and would support $100 million in state contracts.

    Click here to receive more information!

  • Sign Up To Volunteer for the Fourth Annual I Love My Park Day

    Wednesday, 29 April 2015


    Registration is now open for the fourth annual I Love My Park Day on Saturday, May 2, 2015! Ninety-five New York State Parks and Historic Sites are hosting events this year. Last year more than 6,000 volunteers pitched in on cleanup, beautification and improvement projects at events across the state, from Montauk Point to Niagara Falls. Join us for this exciting event and give back to parks. 

    Parks & Trails New York organizes I Love My Park Day, in partnership with the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, to celebrate, improve and enhance state parks and historic sites; boost volunteerism; and raise the visibility of the entire state parks system and its needs.

    Find an event near you and register today!

  • The Leadership Institute Alumni Retreat

    Tuesday, 28 April 2015


  • Empire State Development Announces Request for Qualifications for Marketing Agency

    Wednesday, 15 April 2015

    Empire State Development (ESD) announced it has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in order to select a group of qualified firms ahead of a competitive bid for the agency’s $50 to $75 million economic development and I LOVE NY marketing programs.

    Services required include advertising, digital marketing, events, media planning and buying services for business attraction, retention and expansion, and tourism promotion campaigns. The current contract with BBDO expires on November 30, 2015. Application deadline is 12:00 noon on April 27, 2015.

    Click here to download the RFQ.

  • NYS Fair Opportunities

    Tuesday, 31 March 2015

    New York State Fair officials are recruiting to fill an open space in a permanent indoor restaurant with a qualified company offering vegetarian and vegan foods and beverages. The space is a 20' by 20' restaurant in the southeast corner of the International Building, one of the Fair's prime destinations for food. Information spelling out the requirements and the process for applying can be found here.

    The first-ever Taste NY Food Truck Competition will premiere on Sunday, September 6 at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, Commissioner of Agriculture Richard A. Ball announced today.  This first-of-its-kind competition will see as many as 20 chefs from across the state surrounding Chevy Court with their trucks and offering samples of their most creative and tastiest offerings for fairgoers and judges. For more information or to sign up, click here.

  • AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge Check-In and Open Day of Hacking Event at Tech Valley Center of Gravity

    Monday, 13 April 2015

    Ben Roberts, AT&T
    716-262-5883 Mobile / Ben.Roberts@att.com

    April 18th event designed to answer questions, provide mentoring, discuss project progress and offer technical support Kishor Bagul, New York State’s Chief Technology Officer, heads up an impressive list of attending mentors

    TECH VALLEY, N.Y. – AT&T, in partnership with the University at AlbanyRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTechConnex (an affiliate for Center for Economic Growth), Tech Valley Center of GravitySaratoga TechOUTHudson Valley Tech MeetupNew York BizLabBeahive,Tech Valley Mobile Developers NetworkAccelerate 518 and Hack Upstate, last month launched the AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge, a two-month “virtual hackathon” challenging the region’s most innovative computer scientists, entrepreneurs, software developers, designers, makers and hardware engineers to build and deliver mobile apps and services that serve community needs, connect and engage citizens with their governments and demonstrate how mobile technologies can lead to the next generation of tech jobs and investment. Examples of themes for civic mobile apps include public transportation, education, social services, public safety, tourism, volunteerism, workforce development, to list just a few. Top winners will receive prizes totaling $18,000 in cash, which will be announced in May.


  • Capital Region Creative Economy

    Monday, 23 February 2015

    Capital Region Creative Economy 

    Next Capital Region Creative Economy Event

    Dan Pallotta: If We Changed the Way We Think About Charity, Charity
    Could Change the World

    As part of the Community Foundation's commitment to strengthening our community through philanthropy and helping build capacity at local nonprofit organizations, the Foundation has partnered with the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and the Regional Alliance for a Creative Economy (co-convened by the Community Foundation and the Center for Economic Growth) to present a galvanizing discussion with Dan Pallotta, one of today's most prominent advocates for nonprofit organizations. Dan will share the ways in which our society can change its thinking on nonprofit organizations to encourage true innovation and drive community impact.   


    Tuesday, April 21, 2015
    $20 per person | Open to the public
    1:30 p.m. Registration | 2:00 p.m. Dan Pallotta
    3:00 p.m. Panel Discussion
    Saratoga Springs City Center


    More on the Creative Economy: Ranked a priority project by the Capital Region Economic Development Council in 2013, CEG was awarded Empire State Development funds to study and leverage the region’s creative assets as economic drivers. CEG and the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region have contracted with Mt. Auburn Associates to undertake the study, which was presented in November, 2014 with Keynote Speaker SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher at Proctors' GE Theatre. This project is the culmination of several years of CEG-initiated conversations and partnerships to advance arts, culture and tourism as a critical component of our region’s economy. Join the conversation online using the hashtags: #CAPtivate #UpNYCreative      

    For more information on The Creative Economy:

    Click here for the full study in PDF form.                                      

    Click here to learn more about Capital Region Creative Economy.

    Business Review article and photos here and here.
    Saratogian article and photos here.
    Times Union article and photos here.
    Troy Record article and photos here.

  • Get in front of nearly 500 regional business leaders at the 115th Annual Dinner!

    Wednesday, 04 February 2015

    We're Celebrating 115 Years!

    115th Annual Dinner {with a twist} & Business Expo

    annual dinner photo reel

    Thursday, May 7, 2015

    Franklin Plaza Ballroom in downtown Troy, New York

    5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

    Stay tuned for a new twist at this year's Annual Dinner.

    Gain exposure and get your organization in front of 500 regional business professionals at our all night networking event! Nearly half of available expo booths have already been reserved...contact us to reserve yours today.

    Download your expo booth form today! Only 5 expo booths remain and they will sell out.

    2015 Chamber Member Expo Booths:


    Berkshire Bank

    Berkshire Farm

    B-Lann Equipment Co., Inc.

    Bonacio Construction

    Bouchey & Clarke Benefits, Inc.

    Bouchey Financial Group, Ltd.

    Callanan Industries, Inc.

    CAP COM Federal Credit Union

    Capital Accent

    Capital District YMCA



    CornerStone Telephone Company

    Couch White

    Diamond Rock Terrace Apartments


    First Niagara

    Flowers by Pesha

    Fowler, Doyle, Spain, Spiess & Florsch PLLC

    Franklin Hospitality Group

    GreyCastle Security

    Groff NetWorks, LLC

    Health Republic Insurance of New York

    Hilton Garden Inn, Troy

    John Ray & Sons

    Marriott Towne Place Suites Albany Downtown Meidcal Center

    Marvin & Company

    Matthew John Burnham Attorney & Counsellor   

    Monolith Solar LLC

    National Grid

    New York Independent System Operator

    Phoenix Companies

    Rensselaer County IDA

    Sage Colleges

    Sage Computer Associates

    Saratoga Eagle Sales & Service


    Snyder Printers

    Tri City Rentals

    Tri-City ValleyCats

    Unity House of Troy, Inc.

    Wellcare Health Plans, Inc.

    Whitney Young Health - Troy


  • New York State Announces Craft Beverage Grant Program

    Thursday, 08 January 2015

    New York State Craft Beverage Grant Program

    On November 13, Governor Andrew Cuomo formally announced the launch of the New York State Craft Beverage Grant Program. The program will be administered by Empire State Development in consultation with the Department of Agriculture & Markets. 

    Download the guidelines and application to apply for the Craft Beverage Industry Tourism Promotion Grant.

    Download the guidelines and application to apply for the Craft Beverage Marketing and Promotion Grant Program.

    Click here for the official press release from New York State about the grant program.

  • CREDC Update: January, 2015

    Monday, 15 December 2014

    Capital Region Economic Development Council

    Message from the Co-Chairs

    James J. Barba, J.D.
    President & CEO
    Albany Medical Center
    Robert J. Jones, Ph.D.
    University at Albany

    Round IV Results in; 93 Projects Funded for a Total of $60 Million

    On December 18, 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the 2014 Regional Economic Development Council Awards. We were pleased to receive $60 million to fund 93 projects, resulting in the Capital Region having more projects funded since the inception of the Governor’s economic development program than any other region in the state.

    It has been gratifying to work with so many talented business and community leaders to advance a coordinated strategic plan for the Capital Region, and equally as rewarding to see how Governor Cuomo’s transformative approach to economic development is succeeding across New York State.

    Over the last four years in the awards process the Capital Region has landed at both ends of the spectrum. But throughout, our position has remained consistent: Everyone who is part of this process wins, as does every region of the state, regardless of the rankings.  

    The objective of the Governor’s program is to bring together representatives of various sectors of the economy to develop regional plans to help create jobs and promote economic growth. In that sense, we have succeeded. In fact, the Governor reports that 500,000 private sector jobs have been created since 2010, with the unemployment rate lower in every region of the state since then.

    We know we developed a strong plan that will create jobs, and we also know that many, and perhaps most, of the elements of the projects we supported as a Council this year will move ahead. Moreover, by building relationships, we are certain that we will work together to continue to strengthen our economy.

    In Rounds I, II and III, our Council impacted more than 20,000 jobs through projects valued at $1.3 billion with $200 million worth of investment. In only one of those rounds were we selected as a leading plan, however, we agree that the progress made each year demonstrates that our region is a winner.

    So our sincerest thanks to the Council members and stakeholders who have worked so hard along the way to spur economic growth and job creation and begin dialogues and relationships that probably never would have existed if it weren’t for Governor Cuomo’s game-changing strategy.

    We look forward to working with you as we start Round V. Please watch for more information about the Capital Region Council, our 2015 events, meetings and plans in upcoming e-newsletters and on our website.

    View the Capital Region Economic Development Council's website here.

    Click here for the full January E-News update from CREDC.





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