Mohawk Valley Chamber Alliance to celebrate 25th anniversary with luncheon program on May 3 to mark milestone

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WHITESBORO — Established in 1997, the Mohawk Valley Alliance of Chambers of Commerce and Affiliate Partners will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a luncheon on Tuesday, May 3, at the Harts Hill Inn, 135 Clinton St., according to an announcement by the Genesis Group.

The luncheon’s keynote speaker will be Adam Milton, vice president of Wolfspeed’s Mohawk Valley microchip fabrication facility — the world’s largest silicon carbide semiconductor facility.

Jennifer Waters, vice president of business development and communications at Mohawk Valley EDGE, will give an overview of local municipal efforts as part of the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

Those wishing to attend the luncheon and help commemorate the milestone is requested to RSVP via email to Rachels@americu.org.

The organization began with seven members and now consists of 23 chambers of commerce and affiliate partners.

As an umbrella organization, the Alliance’s purpose is to address concerns of the regional business community, officials said, including such topics as tourism, economic development, health care, business/community promotion, education, and workforce development, among others. 

As the organization and the need for more administrative guidance grew, by 2020 the Genesis Group was recommended to take on the administrative duties and the Alliance, in turn, would became a committee within the framework of Genesis.

The motion was unanimously approved effective January 2021, according to the luncheon announcement.

Despite much of the past 22 months being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alliance gathered for 25 virtual meetings and forums while also maintaining an ongoing dialogue with local, county, state, and national business groups and elected officials in order to stay updated and informed on issues of importance to employers, the announcement by the Genesis Group said.

The collaboration is benefiting the region’s business community, particularly during times of economic uncertainty filled with both challenges and opportunities, the announcement added.

Alliance officers for 2022 include:

-Chairman — Ray Durso, of The Genesis Group;

-Vice Chairman — Bill Guglielmo, of the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce; and

-Secretary — Rachel Siderine, of the Greater Oneida Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber members of the Mohawk Valley Chamber Alliance include:

-The Boonville Area Chamber of Commerce;

-The Camden Area Chamber of Commerce;

-The Clinton Chamber of Commerce;

-The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce;

-The Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce;

-The Kuyahoora Valley Chamber of Commerce;

-The Marcy Chamber of Commerce;

-The New Hartford Chamber of Commerce;

-The Greater Oneida Chamber of Commerce;

-The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce;

-The Rome Area Chamber of Commerce;

-The Trenton Chamber of Commerce;

Alliance Affiliate Partners include:

-The Center for Leadership Excellence;

-Destination Marketing Corp. for Otsego County;

-The Genesis Group;

-The Mohawk Valley Association of REALTORS;

-The Mohawk Valley Business Women’s Network;

-The Mohawk Valley EDGE;

-The Mohawk Valley SBDC;

-Oneida County Tourism;

-The Sylvan Verona Beach Resort Association;

-The Waterville Economic Development Corporation; and

-The Workforce Development Board.

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