Chamber Alliance celebrates 25 years of serving communities

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At a Tuesday luncheon at Harts Hill Inn, the Chamber Alliance of the Mohawk Valley celebrated 25 years as an organization.

Since its 1997 inception, “the organization began with seven members and today consists of 23 chambers of commerce and affiliate partners,” said Ray Durso, Chairman of the Chamber Alliance.

The alliance provides a structure for business community members to engage on business promotion, workforce development and related topics in Herkimer, Oneida, Madison, Otsego, Fulton and Montgomery counties.

In remarks during the program, Jennifer Waters, Vice President of Business Development and Communications for Mohawk Valley EDGE, noted projects that have spurred growth in the community ranging from state Downtown Revitalization Initiative awards to broadband initiatives, workforce development and economic recovery.

And, how those projects have strengthened the region.

Waters also noted that as the area sees companies take root in the area, like the now-under construction semiconductor fabrication plant, Wolfspeed — which held a ceremonial grand opening last week at its Marcy location — the community continues to grow as a quality space for economic development.

And, Upstate New York’s rich heritage of innovation makes the state a good fit for growth, the MV EDGE executive
added.

In keynote remarks, Adam Milton, Vice President of Marcy’s Wolfspeed, spoke to the welcome that Wolfspeed has had in the community and that the 200 millimeter silicon carbide chips to be manufactured in Marcy will have a global impact.

Milton, noting the widely reported idea of chip shortages across the world, and added, ”we’re building the factory to address that … right here in this community.”

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