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CHAMBER HOSTS EGGS AND ISSUES SEMINAR ON POTENTIAL IMPACT OF SINGLE PAYER IN NYS ON October 5th

Chamber Hosts Eggs and Issues Seminar on Potential Impact of Single Payer in NYS on October 5th

 

Binghamton – The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce will host an Eggs and Issues Seminar titled NY State of Health: Potential Impact of Single Payer on Friday, October 5th, from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Binghamton, 225 Water Street, Binghamton NY.

 

Expert Bill Hammond of the Empire Center will be speaking on the potential impact of single-payer healthcare in New York State and the resulting tradeoffs.

 

Hammond will discuss how we got to this healthcare situation in NYS, an overview of major NYS healthcare issues, the impact of single-payer, and alternative healthcare solutions.

 

Chamber President and CEO, Jennifer Conway, remarked, “It’s critical for businesses and citizens to understand the effects this legislation will have on healthcare costs and quality of care. We need a healthcare system that is affordable. If implemented, single-payer will not be affordable to the NYS taxpayer. We are thankful Bill Hammond is able to profile the issues and find solutions that can work for everyone while promoting high quality healthcare.”

 

EVENT DETAILS:

Event: Eggs and Issues Seminar on Potential Impact of Single Payer
Date: Friday, October 5, 2018
Time: 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Binghamton, 225 Water Street, Binghamton NY.
Cost: $15 Advance for Members / $18 after 9/28/18

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GREATER BINGHAMTON CHAMBER TO HOST FREE SEMINAR FOR BUSINESSES ON PAID FAMILY LEAVE ACT ON SEPTEMBER 18

Binghamton – The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce will host a FREE Seminar for the business community on the Paid Family Leave Act on Tuesday, September 18, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Binghamton, Carousel Room, 2-8 Hawley Street in Binghamton NY.

 

In 2016, Governor Cuomo signed into law the nation’s most comprehensive Paid Family Leave policy. Starting January 1, 2018, New York State’s Paid Family Leave started providing New Yorkers with job-protected, paid leave to bond with a new child, care for a loved one with a serious health condition or to help relieve family pressures when someone is called to active military service abroad. New York becomes only the fourth state in the nation to have a program like it.

 

The Chamber has assembled a group of panelists to discuss practical implementation of the Paid Family Leave Act. The Paid Family Leave Act radically changes the availability of job protected leave for most employees in New York, but implementation has sometimes been a rocky road. Come learn about how businesses are adjusting, what the legal landscape is, and what the future might hold.

 

Chamber President and CEO, Jennifer Conway, remarked, “It’s critical for businesses to become more familiar with the details of this newer law that began on January 1, 2018. It’s better to be pro-active and prepared when you need it, then scrambling to find more info when you are not ready.”

 

EVENT DETAILS:

Event: Paid Family Leave Act Seminar
Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Time: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Location: Holiday Inn Binghamton, Carousel Room, 2-8 Hawley Street in Binghamton NY
Cost: Free for Members; $30 for Non-Members

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Renowned Speakers, Breakout Sessions at YP Summit Hosted by Greater Binghamton Chamber

Renowned Speakers, Breakout Sessions at YP Summit Hosted by Greater Binghamton Chamber

 

Binghamton, NY – The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce will host the 2018 Southern Tier YP Summit Friday, September 14 from 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Binghamton, 2 Hawley St., Binghamton, NY 13901.

 

The YP Summit is the only young professional summit in the region, developed for and by young professionals. The summit focusses on what the next generation of professionals seeks in the workforce and what they need to succeed.

 

This content-packed summit will feature versatile and interactive sessions led by renowned nationally and regionally known speakers. Topics include workplace conflict resolution, building relationships, multigenerational communications, work and life balance for working professionals, board service, redefining wealth and transformational communication. The event’s schedule also includes free headshots, networking opportunities, meals and an after-hours party.

 

“Young professionals are the future of our workforce,” said Jennifer Conway, President & CEO of the Greater Binghamton Chamber. “As a community, it’s important we recognize and invest our time and resources into attracting and retaining them. And the YP Summit is one of those ways we can do that.”

 

The YP Summit is a great opportunity for companies and organizations to provide professional development opportunities geared toward millennials. Companies can take advantage of corporate pricing levels to send larger groups of young professional staff. Attendees can register for either the full day or half day of events.

 

We believe that young professionals are the future of our community’s growth, and we want to help them succeed. The YP Summit provides a space for like-minded millennials to discuss how their place in the Greater Binghamton business community can make a difference, and helps with the retention of young professionals in the Greater Binghamton region.

 

Event: 2018 Southern Tier YP Summit

Date/Time: Friday, September 14 from 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn Binghamton, 2 Hawley St, Binghamton, NY 13901.

 

Event Schedule

 

Morning Session:

7:45 – 8:30 A.M. – REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

8:30 – 9:30 A.M. – BREAKFAST AND KEYNOTE
Your Personal Brand

Josué Quiñones

9:30 – 9:45 A.M. – BREAK AND NETWORKING

9:45 – 10:30 A.M. – BREAKOUT SESSION I (3 CHOICES)

  • Leap and the Net Will Appear
    Keegan Evans & Nicole Bergmann, Dylan Gilligan, Kevin & Mandy Webb, & Erin Cody
  • Inclusiveness in the Multi-Generational Workplace
    Ron Crawford
  • Finding Your Passion
    Mark Pierce & Ariel Tunnell

10:30 – 11:00 A.M. -BREAK AND NETWORKING

11:00 – 11:45 A.M. – BREAKOUT SESSION II (3 CHOICES)

  • Networking Hacks
    Rachel Jenks & Dan Gannon
  • Demystifying Board Service
    Sean Britton
  • Workplace Conflict
    Debbie Morello

12:00 – 1:30 P.M. – LUNCH AND KEYNOTE

Isaiah Kacyvenski

 

Afternoon Session:

1:30 – 1:45 P.M. – BREAK AND NETWORKING

1:45 – 2:30 P.M. – BREAKOUT SESSION III (3 CHOICES)

  • Finding Your Passion
    Mark Pierce & Ariel Tunnell
  • Smart Money; What YP’s Need to Know
    E.E.D Planning Group, Steve Campbell; Visions Federal Credit Union, Richard J. Barber; Chemung Canal Trust, Christopher K. Kelly
  • Never suffer from public speaking again. Lessons from a recovering introvert.
    Dan Mori

2:30 – 3:00 P.M. – BREAK AND NETWORKING

3:00 – 3:45 P.M. – BREAKOUT SESSION IV (3 CHOICES)

  • Work/Life/Family Balance
    Eb Tutora, Matt Feldman, Mary May, Rashuna Durham
  • Art of the Ask
    Nathaalie Carey
  • Transformational Communication
    Richard Orth

4:00 – 4:45 P.M. – WRAP-UP KEYNOTE

Call to Action
Jehmu Greene

4:30 – 6:30 P.M.AFTER HOURS

 

Speakers

Isaiah Kacyvenski

Keynote speaker Isaiah Kacyvenski is the and Founder and Managing Partner at Will Ventures, a venture capital investment fund focused on sports technology and the massive, adjacent market opportunities that it opens up (human performance, health and wellness, media and entertainment, eSports, and more). Kacyvenski holds a Cum Laude Pre-Medicine Bachelor degree from Harvard University and graduated from Harvard Business School’s MBA program. He was also the subject of an Emmy-nominated NFL Films profile about his rise from poverty to the NFL, and was featured on an Oprah Winfrey show, “Why They Beat the Odds”.

 

Jehmu Greene

Jehmu Greene is a recent candidate for Chair of the Democratic National Committee. Heading into her eighth year as a Fox News Political Analyst, Jehmu unapologetically defends progressive values and policies on the network. She co-founded Define American with Jose Antonio Vargas, an initiative that uses media and culture to elevate the immigration reform conversation and is a founding board member of VoteRunLead. She previously served as president of Rock the Vote, where under her leadership membership grew from 1,500 to over 1 million and young voter turnout had the highest increase ever recorded in between two presidential elections.

 

Josué Quiñones

Josué Quiñones is an international speaker, Career Champion, and Inspirational Young Latino. He is the founder of Just Quality Apparel and the Success Is a Lifestyle Program. Born and raised in the Hunts Point area of the South Bronx, JQ attended college as a way to escape and create a better life. A counselor and social worker by training, JQ is an educator and life coach. He has presented to over 20,000 students and professionals and is highly regarded as “deep, impactful, relatable, energetic, and humorous.”

 

Dan Gannon

Dan Gannon is a high energy professional speaker and motivator. Realizing he didn’t have the grades or family finances to go to college, Dan enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 18. After his time in the military, Dan accomplished his lifelong dream and became the first of his family to receive a college degree. While attending Long Island University, he became the Student Government President and was a fellow for The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. Dan has been a key member for many small and start-up businesses, ranging from performance supplements to commercial locks and doors.

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Greater Binghamton Chamber Hosts 2018 Southern Tier YP Summit

Binghamton, NY – The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce will host the 2018 Southern Tier YP Summit Friday, September 14 from 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Binghamton, 2 Hawley St, Binghamton, NY 13901.
 
This content-packed summit will feature versatile breakout sessions, free headshots, a civic engagement project, extended networking opportunities and an after-hours party.
 
Keynote speaker Isaiah Kacyvenski and other nationally and regionally known speakers will lead over a dozen interactive sessions on workplace conflict resolution, building relationships, multigenerational communications, work and life balance for working professionals, and more. The event’s structure allows attendees to have meaningful conversations and make connections, as well as build business and leadership skills.
 
Attendees may register for either the full day or half day of events at https://greaterbinghamtonchamber.com/ypsummit/.
 
We believe that young professionals are the future of our community’s growth, and we want to help them succeed. The YP Summit provides a space for like-minded millennials to discuss how their place in the Greater Binghamton business community can make a difference, and helps with the retention of young professionals in the Greater Binghamton region.
 
Event: 2018 Southern Tier YP Summit
 
Date/ Time: Friday, September 14 from 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn Binghamton, 2 Hawley St, Binghamton, NY 13901.

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Greater Binghamton Chamber to Host Eggs and Issues on Tapping into the Alternative Workforce

Greater Binghamton Chamber to Host Eggs and Issues on Tapping into the Alternative Workforce

 

Binghamton – The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce will host our next Eggs and Issues discussion with the focus on tapping into the alternative workforce on Friday, August 10 from 7:30-9:30 a.m., at the DoubleTree by Hilton Binghamton at 225 Water St., Binghamton NY.

 

Binghamton has a workforce problem. There are over 4,000 open jobs and not enough people willing or able to enter the workforce to fill this demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the past few months, Binghamton’s unemployment rates have been falling, but the size of its workforce has also been shrinking. As of 2016, New York State had a far lower workforce participation rate than the rest of the nation. According to a report by the State Comptroller’s Office, New York’s workforce participation rate was 60.4 percent, which was the 40th worst in the country. Unfortunately, the Southern Tier had an even lower workforce participation rate of approximately 54 percent. Factors come into play such as the age of the workforce and the number of retirees, but it is clear to see there is a segment of the population who needs meaningful work.

 

There is an opportunity for businesses to play a key role in reducing recidivism while also gaining access to a dedicated and qualified workforce. The panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities that go along with employing individuals with criminal convictions or struggle with addiction. In addition, they will explore ways that both the employee and employer can forge a beneficial relationship where the rewards outweigh the risks.

 

Confirmed Guest Speakers Include:

  • Vikrant Reddy, Charles Koch Institute
  • Stephen Cornwell, Broome County District Attorney
  • Sara Liu, Broome Tioga Workforce

According to Chamber President and CEO, Jennifer Conway, “The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce is facilitating the dialogue to discuss the benefits and risks faced by employers when hiring an individual with prior criminal convictions or struggles with addiction.  Work not only reinforces an individual’s sense of pride, purpose and identity, but also contributes to strong communities and a thriving economy.  If we work towards discussing promising solutions, we can create new opportunities for people who are struggling against significant odds to turn their lives around.”

 

EVENT DETAILS:

Event:             Eggs and Issues, Tapping into the Alternative Workforce

Date:              Friday, August 10, 2018

Time:              7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast; 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Program

Location:       DoubleTree by Hilton Binghamton  |  225 Water St., Binghamton NY

 

About Vikrant R. Reddy

Vikrant P. Reddy is a Senior Research Fellow at the Charles Koch Institute. Reddy previously served as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, where he managed the launch of TPPF’s national Right on Crime initiative in 2010. He has also worked as a research assistant at the Cato Institute, as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Gina M. Benavides in Texas and as an attorney in private practice. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, and he serves on the Executive Committee of the Criminal Law Practice Group of the Federalist Society. He is also an appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Texas State Advisory Committee. Reddy graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, and he earned his law degree at the Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas. Vikrant is an advocate to reform the criminal justice system.

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Greater Binghamton Chamber to Host Legislative Breakfast Aug 1

Greater Binghamton Chamber to Host Legislative Breakfast Aug 1; Event Will Feature Keynote Speaker EJ McMahon, Roundtable Discussions with Elected Officials

 

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Binghamton – The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce will host a Legislative Event for business leaders on Wednesday, August 1 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Binghamton, 225 Water Street in Binghamton, NY.

 

As a key part of our mission, we work to make the business voice heard, and this is a way for businesses to get directly involved. We will pair business leaders with their representatives at each individual table. This is an opportunity for a small roundtable discussion with those who can make a difference for our business community.

 

EJ McMahon, founder and research director of the Empire Center, will be speaking on what can be done to make NYS have a better business climate. His talk will focus on clearly defining the challenges our region faces. He will then draw distinctions between what we can and can’t control. His talk will focus on what can be controlled at the local, state and federal levels. He will provide specific examples of issues that will affect NYS businesses within the next year.

 

Chamber President and CEO, Jennifer Conway, remarked, “Our businesses and employers do their daily part contributing to the economy and growth of New York. They face unique challenges and opportunities based on where they have decided to operate their business. It is important that they are able to work hand in hand with elected officials to mitigate obstacles and capitalize on strengths offered by the community. This event will foster conversations and relationships that will ensure we work on the business climate of our region together.”

 

Just a few of our confirmed elected officials in attendance are: Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, Senator Fred Akshar, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, County Executive Jason Garnar and Mayor Rich David.

 

Other positions that are confirmed to be represented include Village Mayors, Town Supervisors, City Council Members and Village Trustees.

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Greater Binghamton Chamber Wins Welcome Center Bid

Greater Binghamton Chamber Wins Welcome Center Bid

 

The New York State Department of Economic Development has awarded the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce a five-year contract to continue operating the Southern Tier Welcome Center on I-81.  The Chamber has provided oversight of the center since it opened in 1995 and throughout the renovations and expansion that took place in 2017.

 

“We are pleased that the NYS Department of Economic Development has acknowledged our experience and our fantastic staff in awarding us another 5-year contract.  We have the right team with many years of industry experience and passion for promoting the great assets New York State has to offer, both in destinations and products,” president and CEO Jennifer Conway stated.

 

In moving forward with the new contract, Conway has appointed Judi Hess, Director of Visit Binghamton, to the position of Vice President of Tourism for the Chamber. Visit Binghamton is a department of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce that is focused on increasing tourism in Broome County. Visit Binghamton is the official tourism promotion agency for Broome County.  In this new role, Hess will work closely with the Director, David Stockhauser, and staff of the Southern Tier Welcome Center on training and marketing the center to the Group Tour industry.  Hess has over 35 years of experience in the tourism industry.

 

Hess said, “I am excited to take on this expanded role and to help increase traffic and awareness of this beautiful facility.”  The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce will also continue their strong partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension in operating the Taste NY store, which features a rotating selection of the highest quality foods and beverages that represent the diversity and creativity from across the state. The new contract will run from 2018 through 2023.

 

About the Southern Tier Welcome Center:

Located on I-81, the Southern Tier Welcome Center is an official I LOVE NY Tourism Welcome Center. Open 362 days per year, trained and knowledgeable travel advisors assist hundreds of thousands of visitors each year by distributing NYS travel literature, maps, and other publications. In addition, A TasteNY Store with the center features a rotating selection of the highest quality foods and beverages that represent the diversity and creativity from across the state. In 2017, the Center attracted 230,000 visitors, distributed 197,584 brochures and sold 34,820 TasteNY products valued at $220,760.00. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County partners with the Chamber on the operation of the TasteNY Store.

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Greater Binghamton Chamber Wins Communications Excellence Award

Greater Binghamton Chamber Wins Communications Excellence Award

 

 

The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce has been named an “Award of Excellence” winner in the Communications Excellence awards program presented by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). ACCE, an Alexandria, Va.-based association, represents more than 8,000 chamber of commerce professionals, and 1,300 chambers of commerce, around the world.

 

ACCE’s annual Awards for Communications Excellence, sponsored by Golden Openings, Inc., is designed to showcase top communications and marketing work of chambers of commerce and similar organizations. Several thousand award entries have been submitted since the launch of the organization’s Awards for Communications Excellence, which is now in its thirty-fourth year.

 

The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce received an Award of Excellence for its Rebrand Bash Campaign in February 2017.

 

Jennifer Conway, Chamber President and CEO, made rebranding a primary project after assuming leadership of the business organization in April 2016. The Chamber hired a local, full-service creative studio, Idea Kraft, to reevaluate the focus of our chamber and create a dynamic brand strategy. Using feedback from surveys, focus groups and roundtable discussions, the Greater Binghamton Chamber launched the following at a Rebrand Bash on February 3, 2017: new logo, new tagline, new printed materials, new website, new Facebook page, new signage/banners, new video, new slogan (We’re here to build a Greater Binghamton) and three new focus areas (economic growth, advocating for businesses and promoting a vibrant and healthy community). This event attracted over 300 attendees and had an organic Facebook engagement of 19,359 just for posts related to that event on one single day!

 

Chamber President and CEO, Jennifer Conway, reflected, “We are extremely honored to be recognized by ACCE as an Award of Excellence winner among some of the best chambers of commerce in the country. Since we have launched our rebrand, there has been an unbelievable amount of renewed energy, excitement and collaboration with our Chamber and we are so proud of the momentum we have built to carry us forward as we continue to work on new projects and initiatives in our community.”

 

A panel of communications and marketing professionals from five U.S.-based chambers of commerce evaluated entries, which were organized by category based on the chamber’s annual budget and entry type: advertising and marketing, campaigns, digital and publications. With more than 150 entries submitted in 2018, judges recognized 13 entries as Grand Award winners and 41 as Award of Excellence winners. Three Best in Show awards will be announced July 18 at the ACCE Annual Convention in Des Moines, Iowa.

 

About the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, founded in 1914, serves more than 8,000 chamber of commerce professionals, and 1,300 chambers of commerce or similar organizations, around the world. ACCE’s members come from nearly each of the largest 100 metropolitan regions in the United States. Based in Alexandria, Virginia, the mission of ACCE is to support chamber professionals so they can lead their communities. Learn more about us by visiting www.ACCE.org.

 

About Idea Kraft

Idea Kraft specializes in helping organizations create innovative campaigns that include branding, direct marketing, web design and print media. They transform their clients’ businesses into strong, unique brands that stand out in a densely crowded marketplace and create long-lasting relationships with customers. Learn more at www.idea-kraft.com.

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Congratulations to our 2017 Fall Awards Winners

2017 Community Advocate of the Year

Tiger Ventures, Union-Endicott Central School District

 

Accepted by: Joshua B. Ludzki, Operations Director; Nick Rubenstein, Creative Director and Tice Lerner, Research Director
Presented by: Cathy Maliwacki
 
This Award is given in recognition of a grass-roots organization, event, or festival that has made an extraordinary contribution to the improvement and/or enrichment of the neighborhood that it serves within the Greater Binghamton community.
The mission of the LUMA Projection Arts Festival is to create a “world-class” festival in Binghamton, to generate unprecedented tourism to the region and restore a sense of community pride in what our area has to offer.
 
In its three short years, it has accomplished that and so much more! What is LUMA exactly? If you have not been in downtown Binghamton to experience it, this is what you have missed.
 
LUMA is a projection arts festival, focused primarily on projection-mapping which is the art of using a 3D model of a large structure to create the illusion that the structure itself is transforming.
 
In addition to the local creative geniuses of Joshua Ludzki, Nick Rubenstein and Tice Lerner, the festival engaged local artists, international animators and student programmers so they could build an event far beyond what our community has ever offered in terms of entertainment.
 
In year one, LUMA attracted 20,000 people to downtown Binghamton; this past September 30,000 people attended the Festival!
 
Visitors came from Rochester, Albany, Philadelphia, Ithaca and beyond.
 
Artists from all over the world took part in LUMA this year; they hailed from Barcelona; Budapest; San Francisco and New York City. These artists in turn share information and media from the event to their contacts. The social media posts for LUMA have reached into the hundreds of thousands!
 
One of LUMA’s goal is to showcase Binghamton as a city offering cutting-edge entertainment and lifestyle options. With media mentions from a diverse cross-section of the population, it serves as evidence that LUMA is indeed a “game-changer” in terms of the way outsiders view Binghamton. We look forward to seeing what is next for LUMA!
 
 

2017 Non-Profit Executive Leadership Award

Mary Jo Thorn, CEO of ACHIEVE

 
 
Presented by: Jon Sarra
 
This inaugural award recognizes an Executive of a Non-Profit organization who exemplifies the knowledge, skills and leadership necessary for effective non-profit management; this award must be endorsed by the organization’s board of directors.
 
Mary Jo Thorn became CEO in 2005.
 
ACHIEVE’s mission is to advocate for an enhanced quality of life through skill development, inclusion and integration and independence of persons with intellectual developmental and other disabilities. Back in 2005, the organization provided services in only Broome and Tioga Counties and had a budget of approximately $12 million; since then, they have expanded to include Chenango County as a result of a merger with Chenango County ARC. The operating budget is now at $33 million and they are a major employer in the three counties it serves with 550 employees. Under Mary Jo’s direction, the individuals served has grown to over 2,200 individuals.
 
ACHIEVE prides itself on responding to community needs. When the Sheltered Workshop closed in 2012, ACHIEVE stepped in to transition 80 individuals into their employment center who may otherwise have lost services.
 
ACHIEVE partners with Binghamton University, SUNY Broome, Marywood University, SUNY Cortland and many businesses throughout our area. Mary Jo takes an active role in our community, serving as a member of the Excellus Regional Advisory Board and she is a board member for the New York State Industries for the Disabled.
 
In 2013, Mary Jo was chosen to be the New York State Woman of Distinction by Senator Tom Libous. This award was created to recognize the historic contribution of New York women who exemplify personal excellence, courage, selflessness, integrity and perseverance and serve as an example to all New Yorkers. This award Mary Jo said was “humbling, yet also a challenge to live up to the standards of the award through a journey of continued hard work.”
 
There is so much Mary Jo has accomplished, a quote from a letter from Ellen Feldman, President of the Board of Directors of ACHIEVE says it best: “Mary Jo is an excellent CEO, leader and spokesperson for ACHIEVE. She is recognized as an outstanding professional having the highest integrity. She significantly enhances the public image of ACHIEVE and those we serve”. She is “extremely effective in a highly regulated, fiscally challenged and extremely dynamic industry.”
 
 

2017 Corporate Citizen of the Year Award

IBM Endicott

 
 
Accepted by: Mary O’Malley Trumble
Presented by: Jon Sarra
 
This award recognizes a company that has made not only a financial commitment to the Greater Binghamton area, but has also demonstrated leadership and hands-on employee participation.
 
IBM Endicott has a proud tradition in this area, serving as the birthplace of IBM Corporation. Though IBM Endicott has changed throughout the years, what has not changed is the commitment of their executive leadership, employees and retirees to this community. They remain one of the top ten major employers in Broome County and salaries of their employees are higher than the median household income. As the Committee read through their nomination paperwork, it was a unanimous decision to honor IBM Endicott with this award.
 
The breadth and scope of their charitable contributions and their active involvement in all facets of our community is difficult to explain in a short period of time—I will give you some of the highlights.
 
IBM Endicott annually gives $500,000 to our community through funding, in-kind services and volunteer hours. The annual Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign, which includes retirees, enables employees to specify a monetary amount to be donated to local charities of their choice. $210,000 was donated to local charities including the United Way of Broome County, the American Cancer Society, CHOW, Tioga United Way, Life Choices Center, Mom’s House, American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity.
 
In 2016, IBM Endicott donated over $225,000 which included everything from signs for Little League baseball fields to major sponsorships for organizations like the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, the Broome County Arts Council and the American Red Cross, to name a few. This year, IBM was the Title Sponsor for the 2017 Engineering Week at the Watson School of Engineering at BU and was the Major Corporate Sponsor for the 2017 Hyperloop competition, which challenges university teams to design and build the best transport Pod. Only 24 teams were invited to participate in this competition!
Canstruction is a relatively new event in our area, sponsored by the BLI Alumni Association. Since its inception in 2014, IBM Endicott has consistently been one of the large corporate participants. This annual event benefits CHOW and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. This year IBM Endicott received the “Go Big or Go Home” award for their consistent supersized displays – utilizing 9,000 cans, plus bottles of water to create this year’s display.
 
I think LoriAnne Welch, Interim Director of the United Way of Broome County and her Board Chair, Suzanne McLeod, summed it up best in their letter of support: “The accomplishments of IBM Endicott are appreciated and will continue to be important to the growth of our community. Their innovation and vision for excellence as well as strong community partnerships are reflective of a successful company with core values that exemplify what it means to “Live United”.

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Congratulations to our 2018 Building BC Awards Winners

2018 Innovative Award

Tiger Ventures, Union-Endicott Central School District

 
 
Accepted by: Dr. Susan McLeod, Superintendent of Union-Endicott Central School District
Presented by: Anthony Paniccia, Delta Engineers, Architects, & Land Surveyors
 
The Innovative Award recognizes a project, product or service that “thinks outside the box” and continues to stretch the boundaries and has proven to be a leader in innovation.
 
The Tiger Ventures project was born out of a challenge competition called “XC: The Super School Project”, established by Steve Jobs’ widow. The essence of Tiger Ventures is the creation of a real-world contextual-based environment, not so much job-training as it is character-building. By placing high-risk students, those would not complete a traditional high-school, in an environment that is exciting to them, they will become motivated to learn and develop persistence and lean that failure and hard work can lead to success.
 
 

2018 Transformative Award

Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra

 
 
Accepted by: Brittany Hall, Executive Director and Maureen Wilson, Board President
Presented by: Marc Newman, Newman Development Group, LLC
 
The Transformative Award can either recognize a project that impacts the entire community and fosters growth of those around it or it can be awarded to a product or service that has influenced an industry in a cutting-edge way.
 
Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra has been an important factor in the region’s arts culture for over 60 years, promoting access to live music for all residents. “Cutting-edge” truly describes what BPO is doing within their industry. They have transformed their business model; the variety, breadth and scope of their concerts are attracting “non-traditional” Philharmonic goers. Their annual fund-raiser, the Mac & Chees Fest, now in its third-year is the perfect outreach to patrons not already familiar with the Philharmonic and it also helps to showcase the community’s diversity of restaurants, breweries and vendors. And it has sold out the last two years!
 
 

2018 Restorative Award

The Riverdale Banquet Hall

 
 
Accepted by: Steve Anastos and Leon Anastos, Owners
Presented by: Mandy Webb, KW Fitness (On behalf of Carolyn Mancini, Andrew R. Mancini Associates, Inc.)
 
This Award is given in recognition of a project that brings new life into an aging historical building.
 
The Anastos family had the vision to understand that a restoration of the former Brothers 2 building would encourage their commercial neighbors to update their own facades, entryways, parking lots and lighting. All of this would encourage new customers and new businesses to the area. They took and old Endwell Landmark and restored it into what they hope will be a new Endwell landmark.

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