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Southern Saratoga Chamber VP moves to county chamber

Southern Saratoga Chamber VP moves to county chamber

CLIFTON PARK — Liz Roggenbuck, longtime vice president of the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County, is leaving her current post to work with the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, the CSSC announced Wednesday.

"Liz has been an amazing partner, friend and supporter of this organization since coming here in 2000," Pete Bardunias, president and chief executive officer of CSSC, said in a press release. "On a personal level, I have appreciated Liz’s support, advice and counsel these past eight years, and I believe she is a great asset to any employer. We wish her well in her future pursuits. Thank you, Liz, for meaning so much to the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County and our area business community for nearly two decades."

Roggenbuck's departure comes after the CSSC announced in April that it was discussing a possible affiliation with The Capital Region Chamber. Roggenbuck's new role at the county chamber was not specified.

The Capital Region Chamber, the largest chamber in the area, was formed as an umbrella organization in spring 2015 by the memberships of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber and the Chamber of Schenectady County to be a unifying force for regional business interests and to provide broad-based member services across a four-county area.

The Albany-Colonie and Schenectady chambers affiliated and continue to provide local advocacy and locally focused programs.

The Clifton Park-based CSSC works with businesses spanning across the southern portion of the county, including Clifton Park and Halfmoon.

Details about the possible affiliation when it was announced in April were, and still are, minimal. At the time, Matt Grattan, board chair of CSSC, said representatives from the two organizations would meet over the course of a few months to determine which path the two groups will take in terms of an affiliation.

CSSC also said that it would work with its members to gauge their opinions about the possible affiliation, ultimately leading to a vote on any final action.

Under an affiliation, CSSC would still retain autonomy and be able to host locally based events, as it does now. However, an affiliation would also let CSSC participate in and host larger regional programs.

According to the release, as CSSC continues to discuss the affiliation, the organization will be supported by Capital Region Chamber staff for the balance of the year until more "concrete decisions and plans are in place."

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