The joint task force formed by the two boards of directors concluded that it would be in the best interests of both to align under one organizational structure with a unified vision and coordinated strategy.
Under the structure being recommended, CEG would retain its mission of providing regional economic development services, retain its identity and remain a legal entity. Its sole member would be the Chamber. CEG would have a board of directors and would be represented on the Chamber Board.
The CEG board has recommended CEG’s members approve affiliation; they can vote by proxy or in person at a meeting planned for Oct. 6. The Chamber won’t put the matter before its membership for a vote, as it falls within the Chamber’s organizational vision and mission. Also, the Chamber is structured to be able to incorporate other organizations as affiliates.
The Capital Region Chamber was formed by the 2015 affiliation of the Albany-Colonie and Schenectady County chambers. The merged entity took on the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County as an affiliate in 2019.
If approved, the CEG affiliation would give the Chamber a wider geographic reach, which is part of its goal of serving the entire Capital Region as a community, rather than particular communities within the region.