CAMV is an association of independent chambers of commerce and organizations that meets monthly for information sharing, mutual support, advocacy, education, and joint planning. Established in 1997, CAMV's purpose is to represent and promote the collective interest of the Chambers of Commerce of the Mohawk Valley—that geographic area which includes, but is not limited to, Herkimer County, Oneida County, and Madison County.
Approximately 2,500 Mohawk Valley businesses, organizations, individuals, and professional firms are represented by the alliance chambers and affiliate partner organizations.
President: Leslie Irwin, Kuyahoora Valley Chamber
First Vice President: Phil Williams, Trenton Area Chamber
Second Vice President: Bill Gray, Rome Area Chamber
Secretary: Kathy Kellogg, Trenton Chamber of Commerce
Download the 2010-11 Annual Report.
Notes & News
2013 CAMV Member Grant Award Reception
The 2013 CAMV Member Grant Award Reception will be held on Monday, May 20, at SUNYIT, at which time the award winners will be announced. Nick Matt, Chairman & CEO of The Matt Brewing Company, will be guest speaker. Download Details and RSVP Information (pdf).
Posted: 7 May 2013
Restoration of Adirondack Railroad
Chambers support restoration of Adirondack Railroad, as shown in this Letter to the NYS Dept of Transportation (pdf).
Posted: 27 February 2013
10 Chambers in 3-county Alliance show continuing support for Marcy Nanocenter
Leslie Irwin, President of the Chamber Alliance of the Mohawk Valley, announced today that the ten chambers of commerce in Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties that belong to the Alliance "unanimously support the Marcy Nanocenter at SUNYIT as it will transform our region's economy. Not only will a semiconductor company create 1,500+ new jobs it will bring many supplier companies to the region. The chambers in Boonville, Camden, Clinton, Herkimer County, Kuyahoora Valley, Marcy, Oneida, New Hartford, Rome, and Trenton support the loop road project and the long term development of the site," she added.
Click here to see the Signed Resolution presented by Mohawk Valley EDGE officials at the Empire State Development Corporation public hearing at SUNYIT on December 4, 2012.
Posted: 10 December 2012
Chamber Alliance Announces 2012 CAMV Member Grant Awards
L-R: Kenneth Adams, President & CEO, Empire State Development, Leslie Irwin, President of Chamber Alliance of the MV, April Cacciatori-Zensations Therapeutic Massage, Frederic A. Ulrich-Little Falls Construction, Carol Renauld-Arbor Inn/Williams Street Lodging, Sara M. Spink-Bark, Bath & Beyond Pet Salon, Krista Stupka-Sweetie Pies Bakery & Cafe, Senator Joseph Griffo
The 2012 Chamber Alliance of the Mohawk Valley (CAMV) "Member Grant Award" was established to provide up to five $1,000 grants for businesses that belong to at least one of the ten CAMV chambers to assist in improving or promoting their businesses. All current members of CAMV chambers were eligible to apply.
The awards were presented at a reception on May 23, 2012 at SUNYIT to commemorate National Small Business Week. The guest speaker was Kenneth Adams, President and CEO of New York State Economic Development.
The funds for the grants came from the proceeds of the Jason Ryan Dorsey "The Gen Y Guy" professional development seminar held last fall and organized by Hummel's Office Plus and the Mohawk Valley Society of Human Resource Managers. Major sponsors were Colonial Voluntary Benefits, NBT Bank, and Shaun Brennan Consulting.
"Our hope is that these grants will strengthen a local business or organization and help create partnerships with fellow chamber members through the use of their goods and services," said Leslie Irwin, president of the Chamber Alliance of the Mohawk Valley. We received 46 applications and after careful review, the following businesses have been chosen to receive a grant in the amount of $1,000.00:
- The Sweetie Pies Bakery & Caf¬é (Kuyahoora Valley Chamber)
- Zensations Therapeutic Massage (Rome Chamber)
- Little Falls Construction, Inc (Herkimer County Chamber)
- Bark, Bath & Beyond Pet Salon, (Camden Chamber)
- Arbor Inn/Williams Street Lodging (Clinton Chamber)
"On behalf of CAMV, we congratulate all of today's winners and thank all of the chamber businesses who participated, Irwin added."
Each recipient recieved an individually prepared certificates from Congressman Hanna.
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Posted: 5 June 2012
New Chamber Alliance Officers for 2012
Joan Drummond of the Camden Chamber, pictured above far right, passed the gavel in January to incoming President of the Chamber Alliance of the Mohawk Valley, Leslie Irwin, of the Kuyahoora Valley Chamber. Next to Leslie is Kathy Kellogg, CAMV Secretary and Phil Williams, CAMV 1st Vice President—both representing the Trenton Chamber. Serving as CAMV 2nd Vice President is Bill Gray of the Rome Chamber who was not available for the picture.
Leslie is Commercial Manager of Newport Telephone Co./NTCNet in Newport, NY where she has been employed for 25 years. Leslie resides in Poland, NY with her husband Jeffrey and two daughters, Morgen and Shiane. Currently, Leslie is President of the NYS Chapter of Independent Telephone Pioneer Association, Secretary of the Marketing/Customer Service Committee and past President, Secretary of the NYS Telecommunications Association Convention Committee, Director for the Kuyahoora Valley Chamber of Commerce and President of the Poland Central Booster Club.
Phil is owner of Williams Oil Company, Remsen and a member of the Trenton Chamber of Commerce. Phil is also a director of the Empire State Theater and Musical Instruments Museum in Syracuse, a member of several antique car and truck clubs and several musical groups. He is a past president of the Oil Fuel Institute of CNY and of the board of trustees of the Remsen Methodist Church.
Bill is Project Manager (Cyber Systems) for Serco, Inc., located in Rome. He is a retired Air Force officer and a member of the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
Kathy is Financial Advisor, The Kellogg Agency, Executive Director, West Canada Watershed Alliance (formerly the West Canada Riverkeepers), past president of the CAMV and charter member of the Trenton Chamber of Commerce.
Joan is owner of Oak Tree Advertising Promotions, Blossvale, and a member of the Camden Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors, having previously served as president and executive director. In 1990, she was honored as Camden Citizen of the Year. She is a member of the Verona First Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon.
Posted: 3 Feb 2012
New Chamber Alliance Member
Joan Drummond of the Camden Chamber and president of CAMV since January 2010, welcomed John Reinhardt of the Oneida Chamber, the newest member, bringing the total to ten chambers and three counties in the Alliance. Behind John and Joan are Phil Williams, CAMV first vice president, Trenton Chamber; Leslie Irwin, CAMV secretary, Kuyahoora Valley Chamber; and Bill Gray, CAMV second vice president, Rome Chamber.
Posted: 16 May 2011
Character, Poise & Self Confidence
David Casullo, vice president of human resources at Raymour & Flanigan Furniture, spoke to Alliance members and guests on "Character, Poise & Self Confidence," offering ideas and techniques to assist business owners and managers in overcoming the many challenges they are faced with today.
Posted: 16 May 2011
New CAMV logo unveiled
The new CAMV logo is displayed by Ray Durso of The Genesis Group; Lesley Grogan of the Marcy Chamber;
Jennifer Waters of MV EDGE; and Ferris Betrus of the Clinton Chamber.
Posted: 16 May 2011
Erin Hamlin Informational Program
CAMV hosted an informational program and net-working opportunity with Erin Hamlin of Remsen, three-time US National Luge Champion, two-time Olympian and 2009 World Champion, to hear about her exciting athletic career and many experiences representing our country. The same energy and enthusiasm is evident in many of our region's business owners and management—they have sustained because of the same work ethic and dedication. Shown with Erin are John Scarano-Herkimer County Chamber; Kelly Blazosky-Oneida County Tourism; Erin; Bob Jones-Boonville Chamber; Ann Rushlo-Leadership
Mohawk Valley; Carol Buczek-Trenton Chamber; and Leslie Irwin-Kuyahoora Valley Chamber.
Proceeds of the event benefited the USA Luge organization.
Posted: 16 May 2011
In December 2009, CAMV presented Mary Morse a congratulatory plaque in recognition of her exceptional leadership and dedicated service at the end of her two-year term as CAMV president.
Posted: 16 May 2011