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The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce is happy to offer our members opportunities to learn and grow. In 2021, we held two successful summits and expect to continue this in 2022. Please view past sessions, below. These trainings, talks, and summits are usually free to attend but registration is often required. If you'd like more information on how to get involved, please email us at or call us at 607-535-4300. We look forward to hearing from you!

Upcoming events:

Seneca Lake Underwater Exploration Talk 
Tuesday, September 27 | 6:30 pm
Watkins Glen Elementary School Auditorium | 612 S. Decatur Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891

Nautical archaeologist Art Cohn will report on his continuing underwater explorations of Seneca Lake at illustrated talks in Hammondsport and Watkins Glen in late September. Cohn has for 40 years located, documented and advocated for the public value of submerged cultural resources, aka “shipwrecks.” In his talk he will report on the Survey Project’s research findings to date. He also will give an overview of Seneca Lake and its significant role in commercial and passenger transportation in the 1800s.

Cohn, an affiliated scholar of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University, is the principal investigator of the Seneca Lake Survey Project, which launched in 2018. He and his crew continued their work on the lake this summer. The Finger Lakes Boating Museum in Hammondsport is one of the key project sponsors.

"The Legacy of the Erie Canal: A New Survey of Seneca Lake Reveals its Geological History and a Treasure Trove of Canal-era Shipwrecks" will be presented on Tuesday, September 27 at 6:30pm at the Watkins Glen Elementary School Auditorium. While registration is not required, you can register by clicking here. 

These talks are sponsored by the Finger Lakes Boating Museum, the Schuyler County Historical Society, America’s Boating Club-Finger Lakes Chapter, the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce and the Watkins Glen Yacht Club.

Legislative Roundtable
Tuesday, July 26 | 11:30am-1:00pm
Radisson Hotel Corning

The Chemung County, Watkins Glen and Corning Area Chambers of Commerce invite members to a special tri-county Legislative Roundtable.

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, Assemblyman Christopher Friend and Senator Tom O'Mara will join us for an update on current legislative topics and issues.  They'll share a recap of the previous legislative session, some things they expect to see coming, and answer questions from attendees.

A buffet lunch is included.  There is no admission fee, but advance registration is required by Friday, July 22nd.  

Register online or by email to

Government Affairs Programs are sponsored by Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

Understanding the NY State Budget & Its Impact On Business
Thursday, March 24
9:00 - 10:00 am
via zoom

The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Chemung Chamber and Corning Area Chamber of Commerce to host a webinar with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). 

Join the conversation about what’s going on in Albany as another legislative session kicks off and New York State negotiates a $216 billion budget. NFIB will provide an overview of what’s included, and what’s not included, in the New York State budget proposal, and the policies impacting New York’s business community moving forward. The special guest speaker for this session is Ashley Ranslow, New York State Director, NFIB.

There’s a lot at stake for the state’s economy and the business community - this is your opportunity to learn more and take steps to advocate for your business.

The meeting link will be shared in a confirmation email once you register. Register now as we only have 30 spots open!

To register for the Zoom webinar, please click here.

Workforce Trends Shaping 2022 - How You Can Prepare
Wednesday, April 6
9:00 - 10:00 am
via Zoom

Join us for a look at local workforce issues.  Christian Harris, with the NYS Department of Labor, and Kellie Christopher, with CSS Workforce NY, will give an overview of current trends, workforce retention strategies and training funding opportunities. His overview will include a focus on Schuyler County.

Christian will showcase local labor market trends through the pandemic and explore various reasons why individuals are not currently working. He will also offer time to discuss ways to attract disconnected individuals back into the workforce.

Kellie will share details on funding opportunities to support upskilling NYS workers and some creative recruiting ideas to grow your workforce! 

Christian Harris serves as a Regional Labor Market Analyst for the New York State Department of Labor’s Division of Research and Statistics.  The Research Division is recognized as the primary source of labor market information in the State. He’s responsible for the analysis of workforce related trends in the Southern Tier Region of New York State.

Kellie Christopher is currently the Senior Business Partner with CSS Workforce NY.  Her workforce development employment is enhanced by the 23 years she spent as a small business owner in Chemung county.  

To register for the Zoom webinar, please click here.

Monthly Training:

Make the most of the Chamber's website

The Chamber's website hosted nearly 11,000 visitors in July alone. Is your organization's listing represented the way you want it? Is EVERY event you host on the site? Attend a training session, and we'll give you all the info you need to leverage the power of the Chamber's website, which includes positive rankings by search engines. Search engines trust sites that aggregate content (like the Chamber's site), because it is an added layer of verification. Organizations that appear on a site that aggregates content have gone through a certain level of scrutiny. Search engines know this and reward the site that aggregates content with higher rankings. Also, search engines look for legitimate backlinks. Our site links back to our member's websites and our backlinks are considered legitimate. You need a website: it's your best marketing tool. And, you want to be represented on the Chamber's site with a link back to your site. Every month, we run through the steps to make this happen. 

These sessions are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10 am to 11 am over Zoom. Registration is required by the Monday before the training.

To register, please select the date you'd like to attend below: 

 Please check back in February 2022 for 2022 training dates and times. If you need assistance, please contact Abby at 607-535-4300 or by email.

Past Summits:
Wednesday, 2/24 Wine & Craft Beverage Summit
Thursday, 2/25 Wine & Craft Beverage Summit
Wednesday 3/10 Lodging & Accommodations Summit
Thursday 3/11 Lodging & Accommodations Summit
Tuesday, 5/18 Frontline Training
Wednesday, 5/19 Frontline Training
Wednesday, 6/16 Partnering with the Chamber and the Media



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