Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce and CenterState CEO Announce Strategic Partnership

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SYRACUSE, NY – The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce and CenterState CEO today (Sept. 28), announced a new strategic partnership to increase the reach and impact of both organizations.

The new partnership provides immediate advantages to businesses and key community stakeholders.

“This new partnership enables us to act regionally and enhance the value and services we provide our members,” said Robert Simpson, president, CenterState CEO. “By working together on a broader scale, we are in a better position to address our common challenges and pursue new opportunities, ultimately driving a stronger regional economy to support all the businesses we serve.”

Both CenterState CEO and the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce will remain independent organizations.

However, members will receive reciprocal benefits, increased member and business engagement opportunities, an amplified voice for business advocacy, and a greater access to economic development assistance.

“Our partnership with CenterState CEO brings a new level of regional engagement to our business community,” said Greg Mills, executive director, Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce. “There are many elements of this new collaboration that will benefit our members and we are excited to begin delivering an even higher level of value to them.”

Each organization will maintain an independent board of directors that will provide fiscal control and oversee strategic direction.

Efficiencies will be achieved through a shared services agreement, covering back office operations, economic development support, advocacy, communications and additional member program support.

The boards of directors of both organizations have committed to work proactively with staff and members to ensure that this new alliance meets its goal to drive local and regional community prosperity.

”I am truly excited about this new opportunity to mutually engage the members of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber with those of CenterState CEO and the CenterState Chamber Alliance,” said Jane Amico, vice president of Chamber Services at CenterState CEO. “I am confident that members of both organizations will realize the important benefits of this collaboration. I am committed to doing my part to ensure that this shared-vision for business growth and economic prosperity is fully realized.”

In addition, The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce will join CenterState CEO, the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce, the Cortland County Chamber of Commerce, the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce in the CenterState Chamber Alliance.

The role of the alliance is to increase collaboration of businesses throughout the region and to have a greater voice on issues important to our collective members.

“Through our collaborative efforts, we are creating new efficiencies while enhancing connections, opportunities and value for our member businesses,” said Jamie Persse, president, Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce board of directors. “This new partnership will provide businesses in our community a stronger, more unified voice for business advocacy.”

About CenterState CEO

CenterState CEO is a regional business leadership organization, chamber of commerce, and economic development strategist, based in Syracuse, New York. We represent members of all sizes and serve as the primary business resource and catalyst for development in a 12-county area. We advocate for smart business, facilitate regional growth and promote community prosperity through results-driven partnerships, planning and problem solving. www.centerstateceo.com

About Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce advances the business and community interests of the region through advocacy, member services and community enhancements.