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2022 Agenda Set: Job Creation! Featured

Written by Pete Bardunias, Senior Vice President, Membership and Community Advancement, Capital Region Chamber
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The author (L) joins Membership Executive Sabrina Heilmann, Member Engagement Manager Rich Palmer and Membership Executive Rick Marchant for a recent team lunch in Schenectady. Photo provided. The author (L) joins Membership Executive Sabrina Heilmann, Member Engagement Manager Rich Palmer and Membership Executive Rick Marchant for a recent team lunch in Schenectady. Photo provided.

The Board of Directors of the Capital Region Chamber has approved a broad and far-reaching advocacy agenda for 2022, with an increased emphasis on making the region more competitive, leading to job creation, and allow for shared prosperity for all who call the Capital Region home.  Though the Chamber is non-partisan and issue focused, there are public policy issues that have a significant impact on business, and the Chamber along with other collegial organizations works to make sure that the concerns of businesses large and small have their voice in Albany and Washington.

In remarks accompanying the release of the agenda, President/CEO Mark Eagan made a point of stressing that the chamber embodies the uniquely American viewpoint that sets us apart from so much of the world: “Let there be no question where the Capital Region Chamber stands: business and the free enterprise system is the most effective and proven way to create widespread opportunity and prosperity for all who call the Capital Region home."

Topics covered in the Advocacy Agenda include taxes/government operations/regulations, education/workforce development, economic development, employment, transportation/infrastructure, healthcare, energy, and government accountability.  The text of the Advocacy Agenda can be found at https://capitalregionchamber.com/advocacy/.

The Government Relations Committee of the Chamber is comprised of volunteer business representatives from throughout the region.  Led by Vice President, Government Relations Tom O’Connor, the group reviews public policy issues both large and small, and helps develop the stance the Chamber takes on such concerns.   Tom can be reached at (518) 431-1413 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Chamber has added a new teammate, Rick Marchant, as Membership Executive.  Rick is a veteran marketer with expertise in business development/sales, account management, public relations, media planning, event planning and public speaking experience.  Before coming to the Chamber he spent 12 years at Mannix Marketing, one of the region’s premier marketing agencies, where he worked with businesses in digital marketing, social media management/consultation, web design, search engine optimization, email marketing, content development, project management, training, and more.  Rick joins veteran Membership Executive Sabrina Heilmann and Member Engagement Manager Rich Palmer as the first point of contact for businesses seeking to get involved with the regional Chamber and its affiliates.   Expect more staff announcements in the future as the team grows to accommodate the needs of the ever-changing business landscape.

A job posting has also been made this week for the position of Director, Member Services: https://members.capitalregionchamber.com/jobs/Details/director-member-services-91919 

On a personal note, I’m eager to work with Rick, Sabrina and Rich, since I have added the responsibilities of leading the Membership team to my current Community Advancement duties.   It is a privilege to bring together these two dynamic departments to better serve the businesses of Saratoga County and beyond, and despite the hurdles of the Pandemic and other related challenges, I’m looking forward to a really great year ahead!

 

Written by Pete Bardunias, Senior Vice President, Membership and Community Advancement, Capital Region Chamber

 

The Advocacy Agenda of the Capital Region Chamber for 2022, aimed to continue the region’s strong and stable economy and extend progress and opportunity to all who reside here.
The Advocacy Agenda of the Capital Region Chamber for 2022, aimed to continue the region’s strong and stable economy and extend progress and opportunity to all who reside here.
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