The Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce held it's annual dinner Tuesday evening, Jan. 28th, at the American Legion in Holland Patent. Attending were Members of the Chamber, including Assemblyman Marc Butler, and the Town of Trenton Board members. Guests included Dr. Dan Murphy and Suzanne Hinge of Barneveld and Ann Rushlo of Utica, who were our Endowment Fund Judges in 2013, Ed Rosenburgh, President of the Unity Hall Foundation, and guest speaker, Mark Reynolds from MV EDGE.
An hour of networking began at 5:30 followed by dinner, cooked and served by the American Legion, at 6:30. After dinner, Chamber President, Debby Leiker of Adirondack Cheese Co. in Barneveld, gave a recap of the Trenton Chamber's accomplishment in 2013. Some of the highlights were: launched a new website; worked with HP Graphics Design students who designed a new logo; produced the 2014 annual membership brochure; participate in CAMV (Chamber Alliance of the Mohawk Valley), attending monthly meetings and supporting initiatives for the greater MV; awarded one of our members, Unity Hall Foundation, a $500 grant; hosted two Business After Hours, one in August at the Remsen Performing & Visual Arts Center and one in December at Adirondack Bank in Holland Patent benefiting our local Food Bank (Foothills Rural Community Ministry); held our annual Fuel Raffle, drawing the winner at the Dec. BAH.
Unity Hall Foundation President Ed Rosenburgh spoke a few minutes about the history of Unity Hall and how the $500 Endowment Grant was used as part of a technology upgrade to allow patrons viewing access of programs downstairs. President Leiker announced the 2014 Endowment Fund will be raised to $1000. Any member wanting information can go to our website, www.trentonchamber.com, and pull the guidelines for entering. "We are very pleased to be able to support our business community by doing this grant for the 5th year and to raise the amount to $1000", said Ms. Leiker.
The guest speaker for the evening was Mark Reynolds, Sr. VP Planning and Development, Mohawk Valley EDGE. Mark was asked to speak on the progress of the Marcy Nanocenter at SUNYIT and Nano Utica (Quad C). Booklets were handed out where Mark took us back to the beginning of this project, gave us a brief explanation of what a Semiconductor is and its uses. He took us through the site planning of the two facilities and how these will each function and gave us a timeline of what we could expect from construction to occupation and how this could affect our local economy and communities.
Thank you to all the attendees. It was an interesting and informational evening.
Way to go Erin!
Women's luge singles bronze medalist Erin Hamlin of the United States stands on the podium during the medals ceremony at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
(AP Photo/Morry Gash)
The Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate our local Olympian, Erin Hamlin, on her Bronze Medal win at Sochi. Everyone is so very proud. Way to go Erin!