Chemung Chamber Named Chamber Of The Year By The Business Council of New York State


The Chemung County Chamber of Commerce was honored to be recently named as The Chuck Steiner Memorial Chamber of the Year by The Business Council of New York State.

This award was created to recognize an outstanding organization and leadership team that make doing business in New York State a better experience for their members.

The Chemung Chamber, which has been serving the Chemung County business community for more than 100 years, was nominated based on its efforts to respond to Workforce Development needs, support revitalization and infrastructure improvements, actively advocate on behalf of its members, and continually expand and enhance its educational and leadership programming.

“I have had the privilege of working closely with (Chamber President & CEO) Kamala Keeley and the entire Chamber staff over the past several years,” said Louis C. DiFabio, CCTC Executive Vice President and current Chairman of the Chemung County Chamber.  “I’m continually impressed with their dedication to ‘go the extra mile’ in support of our Chamber members and our community.  Their efforts in support of workplace development, education and training for employees, advocacy of important business-related legislation, networking opportunities and building community awareness are just part of a long list of ongoing activities that our Chamber provides to help promote our County and our region,” DiFabio added.

“We are very excited to learn that our Chamber is receiving The Chuck Steiner Memorial Chamber of the Year award from The Business Council of New York State,” said Anders M. Tomson, President and CEO of Chemung Canal Trust Company.  “This recognition is well deserved and reflects the extraordinary impact of our Chamber within Chemung County and the entire Southern Tier region.  Their advocacy for businesses, of all sizes, has helped strengthen relationships with leaders of our local, state and federal governments, helped attract economic development to our area and provided encouragement and enthusiasm for expansion by businesses located within our community,” Tomson added.

The Business Council is the leading business organization in New York State. Their membership is made up of roughly 2,400 member companies, local chambers of commerce and professional and trade associations. They serve as an advocate for employers in the state’s political and policy-making arenas, working for a healthier business climate, economic growth, and jobs.

Chuck Steiner had a stellar 37-year career leading the Niagara Falls Area Chamber, the Chamber of Schenectady County and the Capital Region Chamber. He left a lasting impression on the chamber profession and the statewide business community.

“We’re incredibly honored to receive this inaugural award recognizing Chuck’s legacy,” said Chamber President & CEO Kamala Keeley. “We’re grateful to our partners at The Business Council and look forward to continue working on behalf of our members at a local, state, and federal level. This recognition is truly humbling, but only inspires us to keep moving forward on initiatives that greatly affect our region; workforce development, transportation and infrastructure, downtown revitalization, and legislative issues, to name a few. On behalf of the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce staff and our Board of Directors, we’d like to express our sincere thanks to The Business Council team for this recognition.”