The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

Chamber Alliance of New York State Summer Conference

A Digital Society: Evolution of Tech Savvy Chambers

May 31 - June 2, 2017

About the Conference

The Chamber Alliance of New York State will be having its Annual Summer Conference in the beautiful Otsego County Region, hosted by Board of Director Member Barbara Ann Heegan and The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce.

The focus of the meeting will be on current trends and specific interests that effect Chamber executives and their staff. Topics including advocacy, education pathways, workforce development and navigating this digital society with an update on smart cities. There will also will a presentation on using video as a member recruitment tool. This summer conference agenda has it all and is a must attend! Make sure you sign up today!



Wednesday, May 31

2:00 p.m.

4:20 p.m.

Meet at The Otesaga Resort to depart for The Glimmerglass Queen Boat Tour

Thursday, June 1

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Conference Registration / Visit the Sponsors

10:00 a.m.


Jeff Katz
, Cooperstown

10:05 - 10:20 a.m.


Honorable James L. Seward
New York State Senate

10:20 - 11:00 a.m.

Engaging at the Federal Level: An Update from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

  • Meredith French (Bio)
    Senior Director, Programs & Operations, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Nicholas Vaugh (Bio)
    Eastern Region Manager
    , U.S. Chamber of Commerce

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

An Interactive App in Connection with a Presentation on
“Emerging Business Opportunities in the Advancement of Smart Cities”

  • Dr. Dimitri Grivas (Bio)
    ARMA International, LLC

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Buffet Lunch with Fun Networking Activities & Visit the Sponsors

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Is Your Chamber Ready for its Close Up?

  • Michelle West (Bio)
    Chamber Speak

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Education and Workforce Development Initiatives in NYS

  • Amber L. Mooney (Bio)
    Director of Government Affairs
    , The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

Regional Economic Impact of Private Universities

  • Mary Beth Labate (Bio)
    President, CiCU

3:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Depart for Ommegang Brewery Tour and Appetizers

6:00 p.m.

CANYS Board Meeting

Dinner is on your own (Cooperstown list of Restaurants will be provided)

Friday, June 2

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.


8:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Closing Skills Gap: Early Education is The Pathway

Participants will engage in a focus group pilot project in order to obtain feedback for closing skills gaps while preparing our future pipeline. All results will be shared with participants and at a national forum in June. All participants’ identities will be kept anonymous.

  • Fannie Glover (Bio)
    Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Services, Early Care & Learning Council

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Break and Visit the Sponsors

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

How small Chambers can advocate for their members on the state level

  • Heather C. Briccetti, Esq. (Bio)
    President and CEO, The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.

Working Buffet Lunch

NYS Mentoring Program

  • Sophia Pallone (Bio)
    Statewide Director, NYS Mentoring Program
  • Brad DiPietro (Bio)
    Eastern NY Director, NYS Mentoring Program, New York State Office of Children and Family Services

1:30 p.m.

Wrap up — Thank you.

* as of 5/30/17

Registration Information

Payment must accompany registration.


Before 5/24/17

After 5/24/17

Business Council Member
First Attendee
Additional Attendee

$ 179
$ 149

$ 209
$ 179


$ 219

$ 249

To Cancel: You may cancel your registration up to seven days prior to the event. You will be refunded, less a $50 processing fee. If you need to cancel less than seven days prior, you may: 1) send a substitute; or 2) receive a non-refundable credit voucher, good for any Business Council event valid for up to one full year.

Register on-site

Sponsorship Opportunities

Platinum - $1500 (Only 1 left)

  • Welcome remarks to the group and opportunity to give 8 minute presentation.
  • Recognition in Conference Material and Signage
  • Company flier or promotional material included in attendee packet.
  • Company logo prominently placed on all promotional material including registration form.
  • Company logo prominently placed on website
  • Company promotional material placed at each seat during plenary session.
  • Vendor Table.
  • Pre and Post Conference List of Participants
  • Conference registration for 2 company representatives.

Gold - $ 800

  • Introduction of one conference session and opportunity to give 3 minute presentation.
  • Company flier or promotional material included in attendee packet
  • Company name listed on promotional material & website.
  • Vendor Table.
  • Pre and Post Conference List of Participants
  • Conference registration for 1 company representative.

Vendor - $ 600

  • Vendor Table.
  • Pre and Post Conference List of Participants.
  • Conference registration for 1 company representative.

Fore more information or if you wish to consider sponsorship, please contact Sara McDonnell at or call 800.358.1202.

Hotel Reservations

  • The Otesaga HotelLimited rooms are available at The Otesaga Resort Hotel
  • Call 607.353.6906, or make reservations online
  • Rate: $259.88 / 1 Guest
                $262.76 / 2 Guests
  • Group code: 1960569
  • Hotel reservation deadline is Monday, May 1, 2017.

The Otesaga Resort Hotel

60 Lake Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Please note Hotel Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations between the booking date and 3 days prior to arrival will incur a $50 administrative fee per room. Failure to arrive on the confirmed arrival date will result in the cancellation of your entire stay and the forfeiture of your deposit. Cancellations or changes made within 3 days of arrival will result in deposit forfeiture.