GREATER BINGHAMTON CHAMBER HIGHLIGHTS ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT ANNUAL DINNER; MAKES SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
Binghamton, NY – The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce held its 55th Annual Dinner and Meeting on Tuesday May 14, 2019 with a sold out event of 530 Chamber members, including business professionals, community leaders, and elected officials. The Chamber reviewed the accomplishments of the past year, highlighted plans for the future, and installed the Chamber’s new board members and officers.
This past year highlights include strong growth in membership, as well as in staff. The year ended with 835 members, including 127 new members in 2018 – a 20% increase over 2017 and the largest number of new members since 2004.
The Chamber engaged in strategic partnerships to create Workforce Development and Talent Initiatives vitally important to the community. Over last year and into this year, the Chamber created eight new programs and events that will provide targeted solutions to specific issues facing our business community. A few are listed below.
• Assisted in launching Broome Women Lead to provide an avenue for women in the community to connect and have the support system they need to be the leader they need and want to be
• Completely redesigned the regional quality of life guide, THRIVE, to be a better tool for employers to attract the talent they need
• Launched Experience BING, a program designed to assist businesses with attracting talent to Broome County
• Previewed our internship program, BING Connect, which will fully roll-out in the next couple of weeks
• Through new programming with GBEOP (Greater Binghamton Education Outreach Program), the Chamber has connected more businesses with students showing them the career paths and opportunities here in Broome County
• And to help with the talent needs of members, the Chamber has developed training opportunities through BingBizCon and the Young Professional Summit.
The Chamber’s team represents the voice of their membership and the business community. The Chamber expressed that advocacy is more important than it ever has been, and remains a focus to assure the voice and needs of Upstate New York do not go unheard and unmet.
The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce Board Chair, Peter Newman, concluded the Annual Dinner with an announcement that Jennifer Conway, Chamber President and CEO will resign her position at the end of June.
According to Peter Newman, “Jennifer was recently recruited by a national search firm for a job out west. This will be a great new opportunity for her and her family. We thank Jennifer for the positive impact she has had on our organization and the broader community.”
Jennifer Conway remarked, “This is the hardest decision my family has ever had to make as this community has been so wonderful and supportive of me and my husband. I am incredibly thankful for my time in this position as President and CEO. I have been privileged to work alongside a phenomenal team that I am confident will continue with the same momentum that we have all built together. The Chamber Board of Directors have been instrumental in ensuring this chamber is on the right path and I am confident they will select the perfect person to take the Chamber to the next level.”
Details about the recruitment and transition process will be announced at a later date.