Tompkins Chamber to Receive the Chamber of the Year Award from The Business Council of New York State 


Tompkins Chamber to Receive the Chamber of the Year Award from The Business Council of New York State 
Annual Award to be Presented at a September 21st Dinner    

ALBANY – The Business Council of New York State Inc. announced Wednesday the Tompkins Chamber will be awarded the annual Chuck Steiner Memorial Chamber of the Year Award. The award will be given by The Business Council on Thursday, September 21, at The Business Council’s Annual Meeting at The Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing.

The Chamber of the Year is awarded annually to an outstanding organization and leadership team that makes doing business in New York State a better experience for its members. The award is named in honor of Chuck Steiner, who had a stellar 37-year career leading chambers in Niagara County and two in the Capital Region. 

“The Tompkins Chamber team and Board of Directors are honored to receive the prestigious Chuck Steiner Chamber of the Year Award from The Business Council of New York State,” said Jennifer Tavares, President & CEO. “In the last four years, our team has navigated incredible challenges, evolved to be a more sustainable organization, and celebrated our 125th anniversary - all while supporting our members, enhancing our services, and fostering a healthy economy in Tompkins County. We are truly grateful for this recognition.”

Over the past year, the Tompkins Chamber has achieved many successes which led to this award, including:

  • Developing and delivering funding for microenterprises with a focus on minority and women-owned businesses,
  • Created a new website for members to navigate,
  • Moved locations to a part of the City of Ithaca that was in need of revitalization and
  • Helped create the Ithaca Downtown Conference Center. 

The Business Council’s Annual Meeting – Meeting Tomorrow’s Challenges 
This year’s Annual Meeting will take place September 20 – 22 at The Sagamore Resort, Bolton Landing. The three-day event will focus on the issues that will impact New York’s businesses for the next decade and beyond.

  • Programming begins on Thursday, September 21, and focuses on Artificial Intelligence (AI) use in business practices, assessing and examining business opportunities under federal and state clean energy and green jobs initiatives, and expert analysis of the economy in 2024 and beyond.
  • The keynote address will be delivered after dinner on Thursday, September 21 by Shelly Palmer, Professor of Advanced Media in Residence, at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communication. 
  • The event concludes on Friday, September 22. 

The Business Council has invited state-wide elected officials to speak at this year’s event.