April 30, 2019

The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County and the Capital Region Chamber to Form Joint Task Force to Explore Possible Affiliation

(April 30, 2019) – In an effort to better serve their collective membership, the Boards of The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County, based in Clifton Park, and the Capital Region Chamber have agreed to form a Joint Task Force to pursue possible affiliation.

“The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County, as part of our strategic planning process, has been exploring ways to achieve operational efficiencies through possible alliances and expand the depth and breadth of resources, while retaining focus on serving businesses and communities in Southern Saratoga County,” said Matt Grattan, Chair of the Chamber of Southern Saratoga board. He continued, “we have had initial discussions with the Capital Region Chamber; the proven success with its operating structure would enable the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County to leverage the best of both worlds by retaining our local influence and programs, while providing our members with expanded offerings, broader advocacy clout and a larger business network.”

The Capital Region Chamber was formed as an umbrella organization in the spring of 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 the four-county area. The Albany-Colonie and Schenectady Chamber became affiliate chambers and continue to provide local advocacy and locally-focused programs.

“There are meaningful synergies between our organizations. The Capital Region Chamber’s organizational structure was intentionally developed to be inclusive should other organizations wish to affiliate,” said Richard Sleasman, Chair of the Capital Region Chamber. “The Capital Region is one economic region made up of businesses who share the similar interests about the growth of their organizations and prosperity for the area. Our communities are truly dependent upon each other for success. Our businesses and counties are best positioned to realize their true potential by working across town and county lines.”

No decisions have been made other than to form the Joint Task Force which will be meeting over the coming months to conduct the necessary due diligence to make a final recommendation to both boards.