In September of 2011, my family officially became Clifton Park residents with the purchase of a recently-built colonial on a few acres west of Vischer Ferry Rd. It was a pretty bold step for a family that had never moved before; when we got married my wife moved into my house in the downstate hamlet of Mahopac literally with a wheelbarrow – she had grown up in the house next door! So we entered a brave new world, a job transfer for her (at GE) and the most challenging assignment I had ever accepted, at the helm of the “CSSC”.
More than seven years later, we would rather live nowhere else in this state. Clifton Park, Halfmoon and Rexford represent some the most desirable real estate in the entire region, surrounded by other wonderful communities, each with its own story to tell and its own reason to attract people to live, play and work here. It is my job at the chamber to make this community “my” 12065 (and 12148, 12019, 12020, 12302, etc.) and to take a very serious interest in all that happens here. But in this case its personal – this is my home, where my house, my family, my boat, my garden, my possessions, and my heart is. Our son is a Shenendehowa graduate, and we have a very personal story about this community.
12065 is more than a zip code. It’s the home of some of the most rapid expansion of population, income growth and economic prosperity in the region. New businesses are opening, new downtown concepts are emerging, new efforts to preserve open space, save public attractions and maintain historic sites and structures are being cultivated. Farms are sited next to historic canals, burgeoning commerce districts, profitable supply chain routes, industrial powerhouses, tourist attractions and hotels, restaurants and shopping.
What’s your “my12065” story? If you live or operate a business in Clifton Park or Halfmoon (including Rexford with its different zip code - 12148!), we would love to hear your story and get your thoughts about how business and economic development conditions in our Towns can improve, community development can be enhanced, and anything else that’s on your mind that a chamber of commerce might be able to positively impact. Please come to our Community Business Meeting at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 to gather input from local businesses and interested citizens about the state of the Clifton Park/Halfmoon business community. There will be morning, afternoon and evening sessions. Visit our events calendar at www.southernsaratoga.org for more information, call us at (518) 371-7748 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
-Pete Bardunias, President/CEO, the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County