STIR and Greater Binghamton Chamber Announce Details About New Partnership

Rick and Sylvana Dodd, Founding Members of STIR (Southern Tier Independent Restaurants) and Owners of PS Restaurant in conjunction with Jennifer Conway, President and CEO of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce, announced exciting details about a new partnership between the two organizations effective immediately.


Southern Tier Independent Restaurants, Inc. (STIR) is a 501c3 Not-For-Profit Corporation comprised of locally owned independent restaurants in Broome, Chenango and Tioga Counties. Its mission is to promote the patronage of local establishments and continue to build a vibrant restaurant scene across the Southern Tier. STIR also sponsors scholarships for SUNY-Broome Hospitality Program and the Broome/Tioga BOCES Culinary Arts Program students.


STIR has experienced great success with their founding members leading the charge, and the support of their volunteer board members. STIR approached the Chamber to keep this positive momentum going and help grow the organization because they realized that dependence on volunteer staffing isn’t a viable long-term option. The Chamber is able to dedicate staff resources and a fresh perspective to support the website, its Facebook page, the Dining Guide, and STIR activities and events. Each organization will maintain its own identity.


“For the past five years Southern Tier Independent Restaurants, Inc. (STIR) has been promoting the patronage of locally owned independent restaurants while the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce has been a fierce advocate for local businesses in general. By combining the strengths of the two organizations both missions will be enhanced. As a founding member of STIR I’m very pleased to see this new alliance being formed,” reflected Rick Dodd, President STIR.


Jim McCoy, Owner, Number 5 and Lampy’s Restaurants commented, “The STIR/Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce partnership that is being formed is a positive move forward for locally owned independent restaurants. As a restaurant owner for the past 40 years, I can also say that this alliance will benefit the dining public by providing more information about their dining options through social media, the STIR website and Dining Guide. I’m pleased to be a supportive member of both STIR and the Chamber.”


“We are very excited to partner with STIR and provide support for their organization of independently owned restaurants in our community,” remarked Jennifer Conway, President and CEO of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce. “It’s just a natural fit with the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce as this type of business in our community is already active with us. Restaurants play in an important role in creating vibrant communities and they often attract other types of businesses around them. We need to be able to promote them as much as possible to Greater Binghamton residents and visitors alike. They enhance our lifestyle and serve as a great retention tool for anyone living here.”


About the Chamber
The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce is a 501c6 Not-For-Profit Corporation whose mission is to serve as the premier resource for business development in the Greater Binghamton region. Our aim is to support the existing local business community and the attraction of new businesses to the region through member-driven programs and services, the development of strategic community partnerships and effective political advocacy.

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