Summer Newsletter | June 2016

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What's new with Talent Connect?
We've gotten a great response after announcing our newest  service - Guided Tours of the Region! Take a look at what local news sources are saying about us...

What's the best way to introduce people to Albany? CEG bets it has the answer The personal guided tours - of Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga and Troy - will focus on the history and culture of each city with stops at places like...    Read more

BUZZ - Personalized tours welcome workers - The Center for Economic Growth is offering personalized tours to help local businesses attract recruits to the area... Read more

Showing off the region's assets -  CAPITAL REGION >> A regional economic development group is making an effort to show prospective local employees all the area has to offer... Read more

CEG to provide tours to connect outside talent to area - The Center for Economic Growth has added a personal touch to its efforts to promote business development in the Capital Region - tours for nonresidents...   Read more  

Want to check it out for yourself?
Talent Connect is offering a  FREE  guided tour of downtown Albany on  Tuesday, June 28th .
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Join the celebration!

CEG's 20th Annual Technology Awards
 This Thursday! June 23 | 11:30am - 1:30pm | The Desmond

Network with more than 200 of the region's business leaders and professionals from multiple industry sectors while celebrating our region's technology innovators, entrepreneurs and companies and what they've accomplished.
We've lined up an excellent Keynote speaker, Dr. Alfred Poor, Editor of Health Tech Insider, who will speak about the future of heath and technology - such as wearable devices and 3D printed vertebrae.  CEG's new president and CEO, Andrew Kennedy, will also be at the event.  

Congratulations, 2016 Honorees!

Economic Winner:  nfrastructure 
Economic Winner:  OutMatch 
Technology Innovation:  Free Form Fibers 
Judge's Choice:  CommerceHub
Technology Trailblazer:  Larry Davis,  CommSoft
Jeffrey A. Lawrence Lifetime Contributor Award:  Richard Honen,  Phillips Lytle

Individual: CEG Member: $60 |  Non-Member: $80
Table of 10: CEG Member: $550 |  Non-Member: $750
Online registration is for individual tickets only -- please contact Andrea Swank 
to secure your table of 10!
Join us for a FREE Tour of 
Downtown Albany!

Whether you've lived here forever or have recently relocated..
 Discover how Albany's history played a role in the construction of our nation, while also learning of the many venues and attractions Albany has to offer. 

When:  Tuesday, June 28th 
Time:   4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Where:  Albany Visitors Center 

Wine, soda, water, and light snacks will be served.

This event is a kick off to our newest service,
Guided Tours of the Region, and will focus on the history, arts, and culture of downtown Albany.

Seats are limited! 
Please  RSVP  to Danielle at  to reserve your seats!

Dual Career SpotlightDCSpotlight
Looking for quality talent in the Capital Region? Look no further than Talent Connect's dual career clients!
Talent Connect offers support to help spouses and partners of newly relocated professionals find their dream jobs in the Capital Region. Maybe you'll find the right fit for your organization...

There is no question that Andy Larson is an expert at relocation Having moved multiple times throughout his childhood, relocation came naturally to him as he's traveled around the country to pursue his education and career in music. Spending the bulk of his time in Louisiana, Andy has relocated to Texas, Wisconsin, and Ohio to work and continue his studies. With his instrument of choice, the tuba, Andy has made a career in higher education teaching low brass.

How does one become so deeply involved in music?  Andy was born into it. "My parents were both musicians; organists, pianists and choir directors," he says, "There was never any question I'd be doing anything else." His sister has chosen a similar path in Milwaukee. "I went a different route, getting into academics, but music was always present in our lives growing up." Andy began his career by playing the trumpet. After his family relocated to Florida, he made the switch to tuba; going on to play and study music at Louisiana State University on a full academic scholarship. After earning a Bachelor's of Music in brass performance, Andy went on to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to pursue a master's degree, then headed back to LSU for his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in brass performance, while also minoring in experimental music and digital media.

Before relocating to the Capital Region, Andy was an Adjunct Instructor of Low Brass at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has taught at LSU, Southeastern Louisiana University, and the University of Akron, and has also given lectures and presented masterclasses around the country and internationally, traveling as far as Austria. In his most recent position at Southern University, Andy taught methods and applied lessons in low brass family: baritone, trombone, and tuba. Applied lessons are weekly one-on-one sessions between the student and professor. Andy says that working directly with students in this capacity develops a different kind of relationship,  "We help these students really identify with who they are, what they want in life, and how they can achieve it." Working so closely with his students has helped Andy recognize a new passion, advising.  "Seeing these students in a one-on-one setting, once a week, 16 times a semester, gives us both the opportunity to really get to know one another. These relationships allow the creation of a unique learning environment. We deal not only with music, but with many of the challenges of growing up: moving away from home, paying bills, and, often, personal life issues as well.  A job I'd really enjoy would be an advisor or counselor for students in a fine arts setting."

U pon moving to upstate New York, Andy has shifted his career interests a bit. "I'm going to be focusing more on other areas of music and other areas of what I do as a musician." He plans to fine-tune his composing skills, while also doing more research-based work, "I have lots of questions and ideas." He says that each of his current career interests allow him to be productive in the educational field and be a contributing member of a fine arts or music department , while giving him the opportunity to work with students outside the classroom.

Not only is Andy a master tuba player...
 He's also an avid cyclist. He holds a second job at Capitol Cyclery, a bike shop in Baton Rouge, doing everything from sales, maintenance, assembly, and assisting with the general day-to-day of the shop. Andy minored in digital media while earning his doctorate and has gained experience in web building. He also freelances as a tuba player; performing at various gigs around Louisiana. "I'm well-known for freelance gigs when people need a tuba player - which takes a long time to create that network." Prior to this move, Andy has been in contact with local bike shops and is ready for the challenge of building a new network in our region. When he's off the clock, Andy enjoys reading, listening to music, going to live shows, and riding his bike.

So why is a Louisiana Tuba player and cyclist relocating to Upstate NY?  His fiancĂ©, Kelly, accepted a position at the Sage Colleges. The two met at LSU while Kelly was finishing up her master's degree, and they are now facing the dual-career challenge Talent Connect clients know so well. Andy is ready for the change though. After relocating back to conservative Louisiana four times, he says he's done just about everything professionally that he can there, and with the state cutting funding for higher education,  Andy is excited for the opportunities to come in the Capital Region .  

Talent Connect is assisting the following professionals in their career search:
Brad,  Corporate Communications Director, Social Media, Employee Engagement, Organizational Development
Mike,  Development/Fundraising
Sheela, Business Analyst
Tarun,  Online Marketer/ Entrepreneur
Jamie,  Operational & Strategic Healthcare Administrator
Sandra, Utilization/Case Manager, LCSW, LMSW certifications

Isabelle, Domestic Violence/Immigration Attorney
Andy,  Student Services & Advisement; Adjust Music Instructor, Private Instructor Low Brass Lessons - Read about him above!
Megan,  Student Activities, First Year Experience, Leadership Development 
Regine,  French/Spanish Teacher & Lecturer
Riham,  Student Services

Geeta, Software Quality Assurance/Testing, SQL, Java
Manfred, R&D Engineer
Veda, Research Scientist, Eye Diseases

To set up an informational interview with these professionals, please contact Program Manager, Joanne Bucher at or (518) 689-1715. 
Newcomer News

Congratulations to Arielle and Russell Weinstein on the birth of their baby girl, Beatrice!

Neighbors getting together to learn something, 
share something, do something
Here is a cool site that allows anyone to search for others with similar interests. If you are into meditation, hiking, bug collecting or dancing, you'll find others who are as well. If you can't find the group you are looking for, start your own with Meetup!

Just  click here for more information.
Summertime and the livin' is easy...
Temperatures are rising and there's plenty to do in the Capital Region! Springtime

There's always live music...  

Wednesdays in Troy
Thursdays in Albany

Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is the place to be...

June 24th
July 1st-3rd
July 13th
July 15th-16th
July 31st
August 15th

Park Playhouse offers free theater in Albany's Washington Park

And of course, Saratoga Race Course opens!
Opening Day is July 22nd

Looking for more to do?
Check out the Times Union's Capital Region Summer Planner by clicking HERE.

How will YOU be spending the summer?


You're New Here!

Local blog,  All Over Albany, recently launched  You're new Here Week.   All week they posted stuff to help get you acquainted with the Capital Region -- whether you recently moved here, or just want to see this place through new eyes, here's the places to check out:

Proctors, The Egg, EMPAC,   SPAC...

Chatham, Cooperstown, The Berkshires, Vermont...

  Swifty's, Peck's Arcade. Ala Shanghai, Famous Lunch...

Thacher Park, Hadley Mountain, Plotterkill Preserve...

NYS Museum, Indian Ladder Farms, Huck Finn's Playland

Former Capital Region residents' thought on the region.
5 Ways to Get the Most From an Informational Interview
Informational interviews give someone just starting their career the chance to learn from those who are already established in the field. Taking the time to understand the real expectations within an industry or organization will better prepare a job seeker to look for positions that best fit their skills and abilities. The information and understanding gleaned from rubbing elbows with those who are already in the industry can also give a job seeker invaluable experience that will help them when it comes time for a career  interview  with a potential employer.

To ensure you get the most out of your next informational interview, follow these tips:

1. Choose Well
To secure an informational interview, you need to be specific and targeted. Think about both the industry and the management level of the person with whom you wish to meet. While it might sound exciting to meet with a CEO of a large company, typically, these people are not involved with the day-to-day hiring decisions and do not have the operational knowledge you may need in order to make your next employment interview more powerful.
Ideally, you want to meet with someone who has enough seniority to be able to give you a broad perspective, but not someone who is not so far up the ladder that they cannot provide you with the functional details that will help you understand how you might fit into an industry or organization.
Finding that person may be easier than you think. Start by tapping into your personal network to see if you have any connections who can make an introduction for you.
If you know some of the customer-facing members of an organization or industry you are interested in - like a bookstore clerk, for example - let them know you are looking for an informational interview. They may be able to connect you with one of their managers.
If you are still affiliated with your school, reach out to see if anyone there has a connection they an introduce you to.
Strike up a friendly conversation on the bus or in line at the grocery store and see where the conversation takes you.
If you are unable to find a personal connection, look online at who is writing about your target industry or who is speaking at events related to your industry. From there, you can follow the electronic trail to identify the best target.
Once you have identified an ideal informational interview target,call them. Do not email them. Ask them if you can have 30 minutes of their time to find out more about their company, their scope of work, and their career. Let them know up front that you are not looking for a job, but are hoping to gain valuable insight into the industry. Offer to meet them for a cup of coffee at a time that is good for them, and always offer to pick up the check.
2. Do Your Homework
As soon as you have your appointment set, begin planning for your interview. Know the background of the organization you are visiting and the general background of the person you are interviewing. In this age of LinkedIn and Google, a solid rule of thumb is to never come to an interview without at least a cursory look at the interviewer's work history, education, and accomplishments. Make it your plan to incorporate that information into your interview questions.
3. Prepare Yourself
Come to the interview with a short personal statement and at least ten solid questions that you plan to ask. While the person you are interviewing might be very open to sharing information, you cannot rely on them to do a data dump without some prodding. Have a plan in place to get the information you need, and ask strong questions in order to accomplish you goal. Not only will this help you in your informational interview, but it is also good practice for future career interviews.
4. Use Open-Ended Questions
Look at each of the questions you have prepared and ask yourself, "Can this be answered with a simple 'yes' or 'no'?" If so, you need to rewrite the question so that it elicits useful information, rather than a one-word answer.
5. Follow Up
After the interview, follow up with the interviewer before the end of the week. Send a handwritten note thanking them for their time and sharing one key thing you learned from the interview. Notes should be between four and eight sentences in length and legible.

Once you find employment, send an additional note to the person letting them know where you are working, and add them to your LinkedIn and other professional networking sites. They are now officially part of your personal network.

Additional Resources for Newcomers

Have you checked out MOBILITY Magazine ?
Find relocation industry answers here. Join more than 30,000 relocation professionals who read MOBILITY magazine every month.  In each issue, relocation leaders share experiences, offer new solutions to age-old challenges, set industry trents, describe best practices and policies, as well as comment on key issues affecting the relocation profession.   Take a look at the latest issue !
The International Center, based in New York's Capital of Albany, helps the Capital Region engage with the world and promote international understanding. The ICCR is a non-profit membership organization which works to increase global awareness of the region's assets.  Subscribe to  ICCR's monthly newsletter  for news and events.
Meet Talent Connect's 
Community PartnersComPart

Weekend MBA Program

We're excited to welcome our newest Community Partners!

CM Fox Real Estate  is an independent real estate company serving the needs of buyers and sellers in the Capital District reg ion of upstate New York for over five years. While other real estate brokers and agents focus on a national level, our professionals stay in contact with the hometown markets from which they reside and work. Our reputation has been built on connecting with our customers and advising them on how to maximize their investment, while being realistic of current market conditions. We recognize that our clients are the lifeline of CM Fox Real Estate and we take great strides in providing them solutions for their real estate needs.

Albany, New York based Turf Hotels  is a regional hotel management company that concentrates on managing franchised hotels with upstate New York. Turf Hotels is owned and managed by the Hoffman Family of Albany. Each property is within a fifty-mile radius of Albany, New York so that the family can provide the hands on ownership that is part of their formula for success at each hotel.

Premiere Transportation  has provided chauffeur driven transportation with a unique fleet of vehicles for over 25 years. One of the only transportation providers in the Capital District that is certified by the U.S. Department of Defense, both our vehicles and drivers are clean and professional. With a history of being safe and discreet, and a commitment to reliability, Premiere has a vehicle for you, no matter what your needs.   Whether, it's a night out on the town, business car service, airport transportation, funeral service transportation, a wedding, or any other personalized car or limousine service, you will find our attention to detail and quality of service second to none.
The mission of the  Pride Center of the Capital Region  is to promote the well-being of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified people and those affected by discrimination based on gender identity and expression. Based in Albany, the Pride Center has been meeting the diverse needs of LGBTQ people in a ten county region since 1970. Our programs, both at the Center (332 Hudson Ave in Albany) as well as held throughout the region, meet the health and human service needs of the LGBTQ community as well as educate and advocate for those needs in the broader Capital Region. As the oldest continuously-operating LGBTQ community center in the country, the Pride Center has worked to build a welcoming and empowering community for all people.

A Message from our Community Partners...


What is Temp-to Hire and is it Right for You?

Temp-to hire jobs are becoming more popular as an option for companies to on board candidates. Companies chose to use a

temp-to-perm form of hiring, with the ultimate goal of gaining a permanent, long term employee. If the candidate performs well on the job, then they will likely be hired permanently!


Temp-to-hire jobs can open up a wide range of opportunities to any job seeker. Some candidates may be hesitant to consider temp-to-hire positions because of the word "temporary," but there are many beneficial factors that can come of pursuing these kinds of roles. Keep an open mind! Some of these factors may just be what you are looking for...


Get your foot in the door! Many temporary-to-hire positions give candidates the opportunity to exemplify what kind of employee they are. If you perform well, learn quickly, and excel in the role, then you will likely be offered permanent placement.


Gain additional experience! Some candidates may be holding out for the right position, but as you do this, the job gap on your resume is increasing with each day. Taking a temp-to-hire opportunity will give you the chance to have additional employment on your resume, and acquire additional knowledge. Even if this new role does not turn out to be the right fit for you, it will make you more marketable for your next interview, while earning a paycheck!


Network! While you are on a temp-to-perm assignment, you will meet all kinds of people along the way. Your new connections might be able to refer you to other positions and introduce you to new opportunities in the future.


 Trial Run! Exploring the opportunity of a temp-to-perm position allows you to try out a variety of careers. If you are looking for a new venture, temp-to-perm jobs allows you to dip your toes into new roles while having flexibility. And who knows, maybe it will end up being your life long career!


Try to push your pre-conceived notions about temp-to-hire jobs aside, and welcome what a new opportunity can bring. When life closes one door, another door opens! You may be surprised by where a temp-to-perm position can lead you to.


Leap into Learning at the Albany Academies
The Albany Academies is excited to introduce a new 12-month program for 3 and 4 year olds! 

This program combines the excellent academic program of Albany Academy for Girls and The Albany Academy with the unique and reputable Summer Camp program offered by The Albany Academies. The Albany Academies have a long-standing tradition of sparking a love for learning in the youngest students. The Preschool Program welcomes boys and girls into a creative, nurturing and enriching environment with enthusiastic and passionate teachers. Walk into our bright and cheerful classrooms and you'll find happy children who are cherished, challenged and encouraged to dream. 
The full-day Pre-K program at The Albany Academy and Albany Academy for Girls serves as a bridge between nursery/preschool and Kindergarten - providing young students with experiences that foster the development of their cognitive, social, emotional and motor skills through a balance of work and play. 
Students will enjoy the summer time in our Little Leapers program, part of The Albany Academies Summer Program. Little Leapers provides a flexible and exciting environment, while reinforcing and building skills for a strong social and academic foundation. The program is organized into developmentally appropriate age groups. Little Leapers is staffed with the same high quality teachers who teach at the Academies. 

Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. This is a year-round Preschool and Pre-K program, and it includes up to 9 weeks of Little Leapers Summer Program (June - August)
Is it a full-day or half-day program?
The program runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., but the cost includes the Early Bird (7:15 - 8:00 a.m.) and Extended Day Programs (3:30 - 5:30 p.m.).
What does an average day look like?
A typical Preschool day includes: free choice play in learning centers; library/music/art/creative movement, outdoor play (weather permitting); language arts story/activity; naptime; and lunch and snacks.  A typical Pre-K day includes individual, as well as small and large group activities within the regular classroom, along with physical education/dance, art, science and library classes. Lunch, recess and rest periods are also included.
Yes, this is a year-round Preschool and Pre-K program, and it includes up to 10 weeks of Little Leapers Summer Program (June - August).

How much does the program cost?
Tuition is $12,950 for the full year. That includes the 12-month Preschool or Pre-K program, early bird (7:15-8:00 a.m.) and Extended Day Program (3:30-5:30 p.m.), and up to 10 weeks of Little Leapers Summer Program (June - August)
Yes, monthly payment plans are available.
The program's cost is competitive with other full-day, year-round daycare programs in the area, and you are getting a much higher value for your money. O ur Albany location is convenient for parents who live and/or work in the Greater Capital District area
Preschool and Pre-K students have access to the same educational assets as older students: a nurturing faculty with more than 30 years of experience in early childhood education; a 50-acre campus including an ice rink, indoor swimming pool and new playground; and small class sizes for an enriching environment.

Please join us on   Thursday, June 23 for an information session about our Pre-K/ Preschool program.
 For more information, please contact  Shellie Carr  at (518) 429-2348

Get your MBA as a peer in a class of accomplished achievers. Do it on weekends. And graduate in less than 2 years.
THE UALBANY WEEKEND MBA is the value-leader among executive MBA programs in New York. A unique program delivered by the University at Albany's AACSB-accredited School of Business in cooperation with eight regional chambers of commerce.

Cutting-edge learning * Cohort study model * International training
All-inclusive support services (including first-rate meals)
And direct involvement - from start to finish - with our program director Don Purdy
Motivated career professionals from every industry and profession enroll in our Weekend MBA to learn best business practices and acquire the tools, knowledge, and strategies to advance in their careers. Over 21-22 months, you will complete the 48 credits required to earn your MBA, working with a cohort of no more than 35 students. Between late August and early July, you meet with your cohort usually every other week on Fridays (2:00 pm - 8:30 pm) and Saturdays (9:00 am - 4:30 pm) at our Executive Education Center located in Albany, NY.

"The UAlbany Executive Weekend MBA program has been instrumental in my success."
Anthony Brennan - Senior Vice President and COO
Saratoga Spas, Imperial Pools & The Vinyl Works

Upcoming Events in the Area..Events

Friday, June 24th
The American Cancer Society invites you to come celebrate The first annual Red, White & Blue Party at Saratoga National Golf Club! This one-of-a-kind event will feature a gourmet, all American BBQ, an open bar, dancing under the stars, a have-to-have-it silent auction, a live band, and much more. Come dressed in your favorite red, white and/or blue "Saratoga Summer" attire for a night to remember!
Saturday, June 25th
Head to Parish Public House, the Capital Region's favorite Louisiana eatery, drinkery, and live music venue in downtown Albany on Saturday for their 2nd Annual Crawfish Boil! From 5:00-10:00pm: all you can eat crawfish, corn, potatoes, and our house smoked andouille sausage, boiled right in front of you with a special Cajun seasoning. The event will also feature two sets from the Dead-inspired local favorites, Knot Dead at 8:00 and 10:00pm.
Saturday & Sunday, June 25th-26th
The Adirondack Wine & Food Festival will offer a weekend filled with wine, food and fun! Take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey as you are introduced to over 60 NY State craft beverage producers, local artisan food vendors & craft vendors with the beauty of Lake George as your backdrop. As a designated Farmers Market, each vendor will have their products available for sale for you to take home your favorites!
Thursday, June 30th
Support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region and attend the First Taste of Summer.  A night filled with culinary & cocktail creations from the regions finest chef's & mixologist.  As a guest you will get to sample & vote your favorite dishes and cocktails and watch a live a head to head battle between last years People's choice winner and last years head to head champion, with a secret ingredient , to put their skills to the test.

Friday, July 15th
Schenectady County's signature summer event, SummerNight, is a FREE one-night community festival, featuring a variety of family-friendly entertainers and performances presented at various locations (both indoor and outdoor) throughout Downtown Schenectady. The festival will focus on family entertainment, and will include live music, street performers, and food and craft vendors. 
Troy Pig Out
Saturday, July 16th
Head over to Troy for the 9th Annual Troy Pig Out, an official Empire State competition sanctioned by New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo, citing New York pride in its place as the site of events that highlight the state and its tradition of excellence in offering unique foods and specialty dishes often based upon tried and true recipes that have endured through the generations. One of the most loved events in the Capital Region, the Troy Pig Out is a full day of fun where culinary competitors duke it out for best BBQ, and people flock to Riverfront park to taste some of the area's best food.
Saturday, July 16th
The First Annual Chip Festival will be held in the birthplace of the potato chip: Saratoga Springs, NY!  The event will feature exhibitors from around the country, competitions, and activities that celebrate one of America's favorite snack foods! The Chip Festival will stage a new and unique experience for food while celebrating the heritage of potato chips and their connection to Saratoga Springs. This event will celebrate all things chip related, including potato, tortilla, and other varieties of chips, in addition to salsas, dips, and more.
Sunday, July 31st
This ever-popular event features early 19th Century craft demonstrations and wares, antiques, live music and entertainment, magic act, activities for children, animals, birds of prey, sheep-shearing, plus many unique and highly talented craft vendors and artisans. There will be blueberries galore and a blueberry pancake breakfast, in addition to a wide selection of tasty food items and baked goods. NEW this year - Silent Auction! (Please note that there is an additional charge for both adults and children for the pancake breakfast.) [No pets, please!]

Coming up in September...

September 10th
Fun Stuff for KidsKids

Here is a site chock full of things to do with the kids all around the Capital Region. There are events, classes and camps and, according to their home page, there are 462 free things to check out. Learn more here.

THINQubator is one of just a small handful of kids makerspaces around the world.

 A project of the  Tech Valley Center of Gravity, the THINQubator empowers kids and families to think, tinker, collaborate, skill-build, design, and MAKE. 
Through hands-on experiences, kids deeply explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math in an engaging, fun format.

Check out our latest and greatest  video.  It's fun, edgy, and more than a little cheeky! 

Learn more at 

The CNSE Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CNSE CMOST) is the only science center in the Tech Valley designed spe cifically for kids and parents to Explore, Discover, and Imagine the world of science together.

Check out their calendar of events by clicking the link below:

Professional  Networking Eventsnetwork
Albany County Berkshire County Rensselaer County Saratoga County
Friday, June 24th, 7:45am
AAA Hudson Valley
618 Delaware Ave, Albany

Tuesday, July 19th, 10:45pm
Joe Bruno Stadium
80 Vandenburg Ave, Troy

Weds, July 20th, 5:00pm
Water's Edge Lighthouse
2 Freemans Bridge Rd, Glenville
Wednesday, July 20th,
5:00 - 7:00pm
Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity - Restore
399 Hubbard Ave
Pittsfield, MA ]

Thursday, July 21st, 7:30am
Hilton Garden Inn
23 Hoosick St, Troy

Thrusday, July 28th, 5:30pm
Franklin Plaza, Third Floor - Rooftop Terrace
4 4th Street, Troy

Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 11:30am
Franklin Terrace Ballroom
126 Campbell Ave, Troy
Thursday, July 14th,
5:30 - 7:30pm
Powers Inn and Pub
130 Meyer Rd, Clifton Park

Tuesday, July 26, 5:00pm
Seven Restaurant at Park Manor Hotel
Clifton Park

Thursday, August 11th, 5:30 
McGreiveys Restaurant
91 Broad St, Waterford

Talent Connect Consortiumconsortium

 Welcome Commerce Hub

CommerceHub offers cloud-based technologies that help retailers and brands grow revenues by expanding product assortment, pr omoting and selling products on the channels that perform, and enabling rapid, on-time customer delivery.

Meet the Talent Connect TeamStaff

John Giordano
Joanne Bucher
Danielle Roberts

Program Director
(518) 465-8975 x 232
 Program Manager
 (518) 689-1715
Communications Specialist
(518) 465-8975 x 223
Join the ConsortiumConsortium
Talent Connect compliments the efforts of Human Resources in attracting and maintaining quality talent.
 By joining our Consortium, your company benefits from the following services:

Pre-Hire Consultation
One-on-one confidential needs assessment consultation on knowledge of the region, spouse/partner career opportunities, family/personal needs, and an overview of Talent Connect services.
New-Hire Navigation
Comprehensive, confidential year-long needs assessment that leads to a customized portfolio of personal and professional resources for your newly relocated hires.
Professionally Guided Tours of the Region
Professional guides lead a personal tour that highlights the hisotry, arts and culture that the Capital Region has to offer. Tours are available in Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady, and Troy/Rensselaer.

To join the Talent Connect consortium, please contact John Giordano. 
Talent Connect
Center for Economic Growth
39 N. Pearl St. #100
Albany, New York 12207