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Cortland Area Chamber of Commerce Receives $50K to Support Workforce Development


On Friday, May 3rd, New York State Senator Lea Webb (SD-52) announced her office had secured $150,000 from the state budget for the Greater Binghamton, Tompkins, and Cortland Chamber of Commerce to support their workforce development programs in the region.

The Cortland Area Chamber of Commerce will receive $50,000 of the $150,000. The funding will allow all three chamber’s to offer essential occupational and hands-on training for employees to support job preparedness and career development programs.

“We appreciate Senator Webb recognizing that Workforce Development is the #1 concern of our businesses. Having a vibrant community requires a strong business community. This funding will strengthen our Chambers’ efforts in this area.”

Said Bob Haight, President & CEO of the Cortland Area Chamber of Commerce.

Webb’s Office noted in the release the funds will aid in the creation of a more skilled workforce and will then attract more businesses and promote greater employment opportunities for the region.

“It is vital that we support the initiatives that bolster our local workforce and increase job preparedness in the Southern Tier,” said Senator Lea Webb. “Our local Chambers of Commerce do important work engaging with stakeholders and implementing programming that boosts economic development and supports local businesses. I am thrilled that I was able to secure this funding in our 2024-25 state budget and look forward to the positive impacts this allocation will have on our community.”

The Greater Binghamton and Tompkins Chamber of Commerce also received $50K each.

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