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Chamber of Southern Saratoga County chosen as state's best

Chamber of Southern Saratoga County chosen as state's best

The Business Council of New York State named the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County its Chamber of

The Business Council of New York State named the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County its Chamber of the Year.

The award was presented at the council’s 2014 annual meeting last month. It is given each year to a chamber of commerce that demonstrates a positive commitment to pro-business activities within its community.

Chambers are nominated and then judged on the quality of programs and services they provide, fiscal responsibility and commitment to their membership and community.

“We are really proud to be longtime supporters of the Business Council of New York and very humbled by this prestigious award,” said chamber President and CEO Pete Bardunias in a news release. “We worked very hard to become leaders in marine, agriculture, manufacturing, retail, hospitality and community/microeconomic development and are thrilled that these efforts are being recognized.

“None of this would have been possible without our dedicated staff, a strong and supportive board and every single one of our members, partners and sponsors.”

The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County has added 25 new members in the last year, increasing its membership by 2.4 percent. In the past three years, its membership ranks have grown from 927 to 1,060 members, a 14.3 percent increase.

The chamber helped conceive the Saratoga County Community Development Program, which has resulted in several new initiatives, including the historic Lock 19 preservation and bridge construction, the Brookside Museum Oral History Project and Long Room restoration work, initial recovery work at the historic Mechanicville Train Station, the Waterford Community Business Alliance, Charlton Community Business Alliance and a partnership with the VT Sail Freight Project to deliver Saratoga County farm products to customers downstate.

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