Pete Bardunias

Pete Bardunias

It’s the holiday season, when we express the joy of our faith traditions and the hope that our steps are indeed ordered by a higher power.   We also acknowledge the wonderful contributions our friends and neighbors make to our community, for example volunteers at the Southern Saratoga County Chamber Angels and their holiday mission of good cheer for so many young children, or Mike Raucci over at New Country Toyota and his team who made Thanksgiving such a wonderful time by providing over a thousand meals to area residents.  There are countless others:  the volunteers in Schuylerville who assemble the Dutch Village each year for the St. Nicolas Festival, attending to countless details, or the Ballston Spa BPA members who make their huge Holiday Parade a smooth running success, or those in Waterford who bring such joy at their Christmas Parade – the list goes on and on.  We are fortunate indeed to have such altruism and consideration for our fellow citizens, by others who live, play and work right here in our midst.

For nearly 53 years, the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County (CSSC) has been part of this ever-changing tapestry of events and initiatives, facilitating a better community, a stronger economy, and a happier, more neighborly environment for our friends and neighbors.  Much is about to change, as the CSSC and Malta BPA will formally become part of the Capital Region Chamber effective January 1, 2020.  Together we will represent some 2900 businesses, 160,000 collective employees with our combined staff of 27, including three part time employees of the Southern Saratoga Information Center at the Exit 9 Rest Area, and five full time team members permanently based in the CSSC’s Clifton Park office.  My role will be changing too.  I will become the Senior Vice President, Community Advancement, still based in Clifton Park and serving our communities as well as others across the region.  I may not be out in front as much as before, but will be very, very involved in pursuing and promoting the growing business community of our area.

The regional collaboration is important, because all the volunteerism mentioned above is made possible by a robust, vibrant area economy. We need to ensure that keeps going regardless of any economic challenges at the state or national level.  If you are a business owner, please consider supporting our vital mission as we regionalize not only our thinking, but our capabilities, with a focus on supporting our communities here in southern Saratoga County.

For more information on the affiliation of the CSSC and Capital Region Chamber, please visit www.southernsaratoga.org .

-Pete Bardunias, President/CEO, the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County

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