Curran Investment Management named among top investment managers

ALBANY>> Curran Investment Management’s All Cap strategy has been named to Informa Investment Solutions’ PSN Top Guns for the three-year period ending Sept. 30, 2015. Curran previously announced their Core Growth Equity had been named to “Top Guns.”

“We are very pleased to announce another Curran Investment strategy has performed in the top 1 percentile among peers” said Tom Curran, CEO and founder, in a press release. “Even more
important to us and our clients is our long term record. All of our strategies, ranging from small cap to large cap and including Curran’s SMID and All Cap, have performed at or above their benchmarks from inception dates.”

The Top Guns ranking recognizes exceptional achievement and outperformance among
peers. PSN is widely used by institutions and consultants to find and track performance for
investment managers.

Curran Investment Management’s All Cap investment objective is to consistently outperform the Russell 3000 Growth Index over a full market cycle. It is invested in 20 to 25 high quality companies whose market capitalizations range from LGI Homes [$500,000] to Alphabet at more than $500,000. As reported by PSN, Curran Investment Management’s All Cap three year annual return has been 23.8 percent vs the Russell 3000 Growth at 12.74 percent.

Curran Investment Management is a Registered Investment Advisor headquartered in Albany,serving both individual and institutional clients. Curran Investment Management is committed to recognizing clients’ uniqueness and offers an unparalleled level of personal service and attention to each individual client. Curran manages $304 million in assets and has additional offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Cape May, New Jersey.

For more information visit www.curranllc.com.

Shaker Pointe at Carondelet earns LEED Certification for new residence building Spirit Tree

With this certification, the senior living community has earned green building approval on all of its structures

LATHAM>> Shaker Pointe at Carondelet, a nonprofit independent senior living community, announces today its 56-apartment, 75,000-square-foot building, Spirit Tree, has earned platinum Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. With this recognition, every structure in Shaker Pointe’s community has reached gold or platinum certification, and remains the only community in the Capital Region with this

“With each step of building Shaker Pointe, it was important to us that we remain environmentally friendly,” said Sister Kay Ryan, executive team member at Shaker Pointe. “It’s an integral part of our mission at the community.”

Sister Lauren Vandermark, executive team member at Shaker Pointe, added, “The recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council is an honor, and we’re proud that our architecture and construction partners went above and beyond to meet these standards.”

LEED certification for Shaker Pointe required meticulous attention to detail to ensure that each material for the buildings and residences were eco-friendly.

Inspections to ensure standards are met for the certification are performed throughout construction and post-completion. Although extra steps are required, this commitment to green construction reduces negative environmental impacts and improves the health and well being of all occupants.

LeCesse Construction, a firm based in West Henrietta, N.Y., built the independent living community over the course of five years. The final installment is the Spirit Tree apartment building, which was unveiled in June of this year. Spirit Tree is connected to The Pointe, the community center that hosts a wide variety of amenities, such as a theater and fitness center, making access to activities and
conveniences easier for residents. Within each apartment are Energy Star-rated appliances, granite kitchen countertops, individual heating and air conditioning units, washer and dryer units, and more.

To learn more about Shaker Pointe or to schedule a tour, visit ShakerPointe.org or call 518-250-4890.

About Shaker Pointe at Carondelet

Shaker Pointe at Carondelet is a nonprofit, independent senior living community sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. It was developed by the Sisters to further their mission of serving the needs of the dear neighbor. Over the last 150 years the Sisters have been active in sponsoring and providing education, health care, social services and hospitality services in many areas of New York State, including the 14 counties of the Albany Diocese. For more information, please visit www.shakerpointe.org.

Nuance boutique salon relocating to Malta

MALTA>>  Nuance, a boutique salon, has closed its Clifton Park area location and will reopen its doors on Jan. 2 at 513 Dunning St. in Malta.
An award-winning, exclusive Bumble and Bumble salon formerly at 1383 Vischer Ferry Rd. in Halfmoon, Nuance has provided services to Capital Region residents for the past nine years in the Clifton Park/Halfmoon area and is thrilled for the opportunity to be a part of the booming Malta community with the recent purchase of the new  location.
Owner Holly Garofano said in a press release, “I live and now own a business in Malta. I am so excited to be more involved in the community here and continue to provide our guests the same incredible service they received at our former location.  It has always been a priority to give back to the community that supports our business so I am thrilled to work with my fellow business professionals.” 
The salon has already worked to develop relationships with its neighbors. In exchange for a donation to the Ronald McDonald House, McDonald’s, immediately to its east, has offered to let the salon utilize a portion of their parking for the winter until the salon is able to expand.    
The staff at Nuance includes industry leaders and artists that attend Bb University yearly and in-house education monthly led by a Bumble and Bumble network educator.   
For more information about Nuance visit www.nuanceboutiquesalon.com, the business' Facebook page or call the salon at 518-383-5350


Women's Business Council adopts nonprofit for 2016

The Women's Business Council (WBC) of the Capital Region Chamber is pleased to announce its Adopted Nonprofit for 2016, Capital Roots.  The nonprofit was chosen from a large pool of worthy organizations.

Capital Roots started in 1975 as a community service project of Garden Way, the former manufacturer of Troy-Bilt Lawn and Garden Equipment.

Its vision for the future is a region where every person has access to fresh, affordable, healthy food. Today Capital Roots works to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on public health in the Capital Region by organizing community gardens, providing healthy food access, offering nutritional and horticultural education for all ages and coordinating urban greening programs in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and southern Saratoga Counties.

Throughout 2016, the WBC will raise money for the organization at its programs and its signature event - the WBC Holiday Fundraiser in December. Capital Roots and the WBC will collaborate during the year on other opportunities to generate donations.

As is the WBC's tradition, we seek members to donate raffle items for each program. All proceeds will go to Capital Roots. January raffle items are still needed. If you are interested in donating a raffle item, please contact the 2016 Adopted Nonprofit Committee co-chairs, Gretchen Meyer, Gretchen@GretchenMeyerFinancial.com and Alicia Kelley, alicia_kelley@keybank.com.

The Adopted Nonprofit program began in 2002 as a means to educate and increase awareness of local nonprofit agencies, and to provide volunteer opportunities for WBC members. The Regional Food Bank was adopted in the first year. It proved to be a rewarding experience for both the WBC members and the Food Bank, and the program continued.

Since then, nominations have been accepted on an annual basis, and the following organizations have been adopted by the WBC: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in 2003; Clearview Center in 2004; The Women's Employment & Resource Center (WERC) in 2005; Unity House of Troy, Inc. in 2006; Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region in 2007; Colonie Senior Service Centers Inc. in 2008; Dress for Success in 2009; Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region in 2010; Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless in 2011; Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer (CRAAB!) in 2012; the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 2013; The Bus Stop Club in 2014; and St. Paul's Center in 2015.

In an effort to maximize efficiency and ease our volunteer time commitment, nominations are now accepted every other year, and the selection committee will choose the beneficiaries for the following two years. Watch for the next call for nominations in the fall of 2016 as we look for nominations for the 2017 and 2018 adopted nonprofits!


Rensselaer County chamber announces new board members

Announcing the Chamber's New Board Members
We are pleased to announce our 2016 Executive Committee and seven new board members to the Chamber. Our Board of Directors is comprised of diverse business professionals who understand the needs of the Chamber membership and possess the energy and commitment to lead the Chamber.  Each new board member will serve a three-year term.

2016 Executive Committee
Michael A. DiAcetis - Chair
National Grid
Tony McManus - Past Chair
WNYT-TV NewsChannel 13
John Ahearn - Chair Elect
Rifenburg Construction, Inc.
Patrick Hughes- Treasurer
Dan Hurteau - Counsel
Nixon Peabody, LLP

Mary Martinez - Chair, Leadership Institute Class of 2016
Phoenix Companies, Inc.
Christopher Burke - Chair, Leadership Institute Class of 2017
Unity House of Troy, Inc.

Robert Horan - Vice Chair, Economic Development & Government Relations
Schodack Central School District

Theresa Moroukian - Vice Chair Membership
Mosaic Associates Architects

Nicole Stein - Vice Chair Programs & Marketing

2016 New Board Members
Lauren GroffGroff NetWorks, LLC
Howard GrosseBizDocs
Susan KambrichWoodland Hill Montessori School
Andrew KinersonGettysburg Flag Works, Inc.
George E. LaMarche, IIILaMarche Safranko Law, PLLC
John MilletBouchey & Clarke Benefits, Inc.
Denise PadulaThe Alchar Printing Group, Ltd.

Upstate Revitalization Initiative

A Message from CEG President Michael Hickey 

On behalf of CEG, we congratulate the Central New York, Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions on their selection as recipients of Governor Cuomo's Upstate Revitalization Initiative economic development funding. These regions are deserving of additional investment, and we are confident that future economic success for these regions will only better the State as a whole as a result. The Capital Region however, did receive $98.1 million as a REDC top performer winner, which is the largest amount we have ever received. This is certainly a positive investment for our region and gives us the capability of funding top priority projects. 

While the Capital Region was not selected as a URI winner, our 8 counties came together to create a compelling plan for our economic prosperity.  The plan we delivered is a robust investment case that will truly transform our region. It's integrated, forward-looking, and backed by our community and stakeholders. While the plan was built by and for the Capital Region, it's also built to scale. Investing in our region means you are investing in the entire State of New York.

The strategies outlined in our plan are backed by evidence and supported by existing initiatives. They are integrated and mutually reinforcing; designed so when implemented together, collectively they achieve more.
Our plan is designed for transformational impact for the Capital Region and beyond. Having a true regional plan means this is an exciting time for us. This competition has made us better and stronger. We now need to successfully execute on our plan, and that requires us to continue to stay engaged and invested as a region. I am sure there will be opportunities in our future to engage with the Governor and the State on new investments for our region.  After all, New York is open for business.

We look forward to working with all our regional partners and stakeholders and the Capital Region Economic Development Council to advance our region to the next level.

Learn more about the Capital 20.20 plan here. We will update you further on the CFA awards.

Capital 20.20 Plan
Read the Capital Region's Upstate Revitalization Plan here.

Watch the Capital Region Economic Development Council's Presentation here.

More information will be available at www.ceg.org

Clifton Park launches joint-venture with The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County

New initiative will focus on Clifton Park’s Hospitality Sector

Clifton Park, NY -- The Town of Clifton Park is presenting a new initiative to bolster the economic viability of the Town, while ensuring the preservation and enhancement of the vital elements that make Clifton Park an attractive place to live, visit and conduct commerce. Public safety, infrastructure improvements, traffic improvements, pedestrian access enhancements and an aesthetically pleasing environment are elements of a successful municipality. “Building value in a community, while maintaining a low cost basis for living and conducting business is vital to attracting new investment and ensuring the future success of any municipality,” said Town Supervisor Phil Barrett.

Since 2000, the Exit 9 Commerce Area of Clifton Park has experienced a revitalization. The empty buildings and retail space that dotted the landscape of this area in the 1990s is now a distant memory.  “Beginning with the arrival of Boscov’s in 2001, the fortunes of the Exit 9 Commerce Area and the Town of Clifton Park have experienced a tremendous rebound,” said Barrett. Soon after Boscov’s arrived, Target, Kohl’s and other retailers invested millions in our Town. Further redevelopment of vacant or tired properties has occurred as the economy has become diversified. $90 million in new healthcare investments and a burgeoning hospitality sector have offered vital services to Clifton Park residents close to home and expanded the Town’s tax base. Clifton Park’s newly established Town Center Plan will offer more opportunities to attract new investment and lead to further redevelopment. 

Although Clifton Park has had hotels operating in the municipality for many years, new investment has now increased the amount of hotel rooms available to 710. New projects not yet constructed, could increase that number to just shy of 1000 rooms by 2017. Clifton Park’s low cost basis while conducting commerce is just one element that makes the Town attractive to the hospitality sector.  When comparing Clifton Park to other municipalities around the Capital Region, the Town compares favorably in every category. A comparison of Property taxes, County sales tax rates and occupancy taxes establish Clifton Park as a very low cost municipality, when compared to other areas. See chart below for a comparison of sales tax and occupancy tax rates.

                                                            County ­Sales Tax        Occupancy Tax
            Clifton Park                            7%                               1% (Saratoga County)
            Saratoga Springs                     7%                               6%
            Albany County                       8%                               6%                
            Schenectady County               8%                               4%

The increase in hospitality investment in Clifton Park has presented new opportunities for the Town.  In an effort to further engage the local investors in this industry and strengthen relationships that will result in a flourishing economy, the Town of Clifton Park is establishing a new program. The Town of Clifton Park has held meetings with hotel owners and operators in recent months to discuss ideas and opportunities available to both the Town and hospitality sector. The discussions have provided a framework for a new initiative that will enhance business opportunities and ensure further success for the hospitality sector and all investors in Clifton Park.

The initiative will be executed through a partnership between the Town of Clifton Park and The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County. The Chamber, under the leadership of Peter Bardunias, will have dedicated staff working to promote Clifton Park, with the hospitality sector being the centerpiece of the promotional efforts. A new Clifton Park Hospitality Committee will be created with representation consisting of the leadership teams of each hotel in Clifton Park. This committee will be invited to meet, as a group, with Town and Chamber representatives periodically to share ideas and discuss new opportunities. Chamber Staff will also be available for individual meetings and exchange of information on a daily basis. A dedicated web presence and printed materials will support the promotional efforts of the new program. In addition, the Chamber will host a one stop job opportunity promotional effort to assist the hospitality sector recruit employees and post available job openings.
The new program will not expand Town Government or create any new public sector jobs. The Town of Clifton Park, through a unique partnership with the Chamber, will be able to execute an efficient and successful effort focused on promoting Clifton Park and the hospitality sector of our economy.  There will be no new fees or membership dues charged to any business involved in the program.  Instead, funding will derive from a 1.5% Occupancy Tax. The new fees will be paid by hotel room occupants. Even with the addition of this new fee, Clifton Park maintains a cost basis well below our competition. Funds derived from this new program will also support the goal of maintaining and improving the vital elements for a municipality’s success listed in the first paragraph. The Town of Clifton Park will collect and manage the disbursement of funds through an annual plan that will be completed by December 1st of each year. The plan will be a collaborative effort working with The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County and the Hospitality Committee.

“The goal of this new effort is to have a collaborative program that provides meaningful results for the hospitality sector and the Town of Clifton Park, said Barrett. The hospitality customer base for Clifton Park is business travel, sports teams and families. This demographic will be our focus, while working toward expanding the customer base,” Barrett added. “The other crucial focus of this new initiative will be tangible improvements in what makes Clifton Park a wonderful place to live, invest and conduct business. Funds from this initiative will be invested directly into the geographical area that comprises the hospitality sector in Clifton Park, which is generally the Exit 9 Commerce Area.

“The Town has outlined a Hotel District, which includes only the area where the hotels currently reside. Funds derived from the Occupancy Tax will only be invested within this boundary. The boundaries of the Hotel District can only be changed to accommodate a new hotel not yet contemplated.

The Town and The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County are currently working on an estimated annual budget that will include personnel, a new website, printed promotional materials, signage, marketing goals and other important segments of a successful program.

Chamber President Pete Bardunias is excited about the new initiative and partnership. “This initiative will allow us to expand the Chamber’s resources and cultivate an experienced team of people on the ground working for our members every day, said Bardunias. We have formulated a basic plan, but new ideas are inserted on a constant basis. We look forward to enhancing the economic environment of the hospitality sector and all businesses sectors in Clifton Park.”

The Clifton Park Town Board and The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County will be submitting home rule legislation to the New York State Legislature for approval, which will provide the needed funding for this initiative.

Tour operators from China explore the Capital Region

International Markets Prepare for Upstate Travel

ALBANY, NY – The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACCVB), along with other destination organizations throughout New York State, hosted a group of Chinese tour operators looking to develop New York State related itineraries and products for Chinese consumers this week.
Part of a three-region tour throughout upstate, the Albany portion of the experience allowed the tour operators to familiarize themselves with local attractions and experiences. During their time, they were able to visit Colonie Center, the Albany Pump Station, the New York State Capitol Building, downtown hotels including the Hilton Albany and the Hampton Inn, and Price Chopper’s Capital Holiday Lights in the Park.
The touring group consists of seven Chinese tour operators and three escorts that will interpret much of the journey. The Albany portion of the trip is one section of the tour that visits the Hudson Valley, Saratoga Springs, Washington County, and Catskills Regions.
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Chinese Tour Operators and Albany County CVB Staff Members at the NYS Capitol

The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. was established in 1976 to promote the civic and commercial progress of the community through increased development of conventions and tourism. ACCVB currently represents more than 300 member businesses and assists each year in hundreds of regional meetings. ACCVB also operates the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Henry Hudson Planetarium, and the Albany International Airport Information Center. For more information, call 518-434-1217 or 800-258-3582 or visit www.albany.org.

Collamer Building in downtown Saratoga Springs celebrates TJ’S Turkey’s with shopping fundraiser

 SARATOGA SPRINGS>> The Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association’s, "Can on Every Counter" Campaign for TJ's Turkeys, winds down next week.
To celebrate, the Collamer Building Business are throwing a TJ's Turkeys Shopping 
Event Fundraiser with refreshments, live music, hot cider, hot chocolate and great shopping. The Collamer Building Business will be donating a portion of all sales proceeds between 5:00-8:00 PM on Thursday December 17th to TJ'sTurkeys campaign.
The participating businesses include Mountainman Outdoor Supply Co., Saratoga Guitar, Saratoga Olive Oil Co., Stinky Dog, The Savory Pantry and Violet’s.
If you are on your way to catch the Star Wars debut or heading to the Chamber Holiday Party at the City Center, be sure to stop by the Collamer Block Business Shopping Fundraiser for TJ's Turkeys and help provide holiday assistance a local family. TJ’s Turkeys provides the assistance through the Franklin Community Center.
TJ's Turkeys was started 6 years ago by then, 9-year-old TJ Tracy, who wanted to make a difference for those who weren't fortunate enough to enjoy a turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Now, at 15 years old, TJ Turkeys has raised nearly $30,000 over the years, and is only looking to raise more -- with your help. 
For information call Matt at Saratoga Guitar 581-1603 You can like TJ's Turkeys on Facebook. Kids Helping Kids.

New Local Living Guide coupon book targets local shopping

Saratoga Springs - The Downtown Business Association wants you to save money while supporting local businesses. The DBA committee teamed up with local entrepreneur Jonathan Greene to produce a beautiful, brand new Local Living Guide coupon book.
The new coupon book has more than $3,000.00 in savings from a variety of local business within the community, and costs only $15. These books are a great holiday gift & stocking stuffer for friends, family, teachers, employees or anyone who loves Saratoga Springs your gift list.
Proceeds from the sale of the book go toward the marketing and production costs of the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association's various special events and programs, including the Fall Festival and Victorian Streetwalk.

As of press time the books are available at The Adirondack Trust Co. Bank and their local branches; Celtic Treasures; Crafters Gallery; Cudney's Cleaners; Fallon Wellness Pharmacy; G. Willikers; Impressions; Lifestyles; Northshire Bookstore; Saratoga Guitar and Spoken Boutique.Displaying DBA Local Living Coupon Book.jpg
For more information, call Matt McCabe at Saratoga Guitar at 581-1603. Displaying DBA Local Living Coupon Book.jpg

Northwestern Mutual Expanding at 1201 Troy Schenectady Road (Riverhill Center)

LATHAM — Regional developer First Columbia today announced that Northwestern Mutual, a Fortune 500 financial services company that offers a variety of insurance and investment solutions, is expanding at 1201 Troy Schenectady Road.

The Milwaukee, WI-based business is acquiring an additional 4,000 square feet at the 26,376-square-foot facility, which is called Riverhill Center.  In 2003, Northwestern Mutual was the first business to move into the property.  First Columbia redeveloped the three-building complex, which overlooks the Mohawk River, following the departure of Kaiser Permanente in 2002.

“We are expanding at 1201 to accommodate for an exceptional few years of growth,” said Alex Tronco, managing partner, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network-Latham. 
“We have brought on 34 financial representatives to the Capital Region offices over the course of 2015 and require the space for them as well as their staff.”

Tronco said that the company remains in full growth mode and recently opened up a new branch in Troy, as well as acquired two new offices in the Mid-Hudson region to better serve clients.  Northwestern Mutual Financial Network-Latham plans to hire additional staff in 2016, including financial representatives.  

“We are delighted that Northwestern Mutual is growing and expanding its footprint at Riverhill Center,” added First Columbia Partner Deb Mikhitarian-Russell. “Northwestern Mutual’s continued success is also gratifying for our company, as it shows that once again we are able to meet the needs of our tenants by finding additional or better fitting space. Our goal isn’t to be a landlord, but rather a partner that can accommodate its tenants’ evolving growth needs.” 

For additional leasing space information, contact Patricia McGrath at (518) 213-1000 or info@riverhillcenter.com.

About First Columbia
First Columbia is a diversified real estate/investment organization committed to planning, developing, and operating high quality facilities. Its projects include corporate buildings, office campuses, medical complexes, senior housing, hospitality, and high-tech facilities. For additional information, visit firstcolumbia.com or call (518) 213-1000.

About Northwestern Mutual
Northwestern Mutual has been helping families and businesses achieve financial security for nearly 160 years. Our financial representatives build relationships with clients through a distinctive planning approach that integrates risk management with wealth accumulation, preservation and distribution. With more than $230 billion in assets, $27 billion in revenues and more than $1.5 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than 4.2 million people who rely on us for insurance and investment solutions, including life, disability and long-term care insurance; annuities; trust services; mutual funds; and investment advisory products and services.

Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI, and its subsidiaries. Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a comprehensive approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, annuities, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, limited purpose federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company.

Racino announces steakhouse to open with expansion

Saratoga Casino and Raceway Announces Addition of Morton’s The Steakhouse to Hotel Expansion
Morton’s The Steakhouse coming to Saratoga Casino and Raceway, proudly serving The Best Steak Anywhere®

Saratoga Springs - Saratoga Casino and Raceway today announced that the nationally acclaimed Morton’s The Steakhouse will operate the feature restaurant inside the casino’s $40 million hotel expansion. Both the hotel and Morton’s The Steakhouse are on track to open for the summer of 2016.

Morton’s The Steakhouse has consistently delivered exceptional dining experiences for guests since their first restaurant opened in 1978. With a menu featuring the very best USDA prime-aged beef, fresh seafood and hand-picked produce, Morton’s The Steakhouse has become synonymous with top quality and has received hundreds of national awards and accolades.  
“We are proud to be able to offer our guests The Best Steak Anywhere® right here in Saratoga Springs,” said Tom Wiedmayer, General Manager of Saratoga Casino and Raceway.  “Morton’s The Steakhouse shares our core goal of providing unique and special experiences to each and every one of our guests and we couldn’t imagine a more perfect fit for our property or our community.”

The 6,500 square foot restaurant will seat 160 guests, including a private dining space for parties of up to 32. The lobby bar at Morton’s The Steakhouse will seat an additional 60 guests. Morton’s The Steakhouse at Saratoga Casino and Raceway will be the only site in the area, with the closest locations more than 150 miles away in White Plains and Boston. Gift cards for Morton’s The Steakhouse are on sale now and can be purchased at mortons.com/gift-cards/.

“We’re excited to join the Saratoga Casino team.  Their commitment to quality and service makes them a perfect partner,” said Tim Whitlock, Sr. Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of Morton’s The Steakhouse. “Saratoga Springs is one of the top travel destinations in the country and we couldn’t be more excited to bring Morton’s to such a special and distinctive community.”
An additional national restaurant partner will be named in the coming weeks.

Also announced today are additional details on room amenities and reservations.  Standard rooms offer a distinctive, modern interpretation of Saratoga’s storied Victorian style décor and feature quilted headboards and elegant hardwood furniture.  Additional amenities planned for the 13 luxury suites range from a fireplace, 900 square feet of space and large bay windows overlooking the casino’s harness track.  All guests will enjoy complementary Wi-Fi and access to the hotel’s pool and fitness center.

Reservations for rooms beginning June 17, 2016 will be able to be made online by visiting www.saratogacasino.com starting Friday, December 18.

Private event space inside the hotel is also currently available for reservations. The sub dividable 3,000 square foot grand ballroom and private dining space in Morton’s are offered for larger parties and special events. For more information, contact Colleen Carlson at (518) 581-5750, or CCarlson@SaratogaGaming.com.

About Saratoga Casino and Raceway
Saratoga Casino and Raceway, located on Crescent Avenue in Saratoga Springs, NY, features over 1,700 slots, electronic table games, Vapor, two full-service restaurants with buffets, a casual dining restaurant, three full-service bars, deli and a variety of guest services including valet parking and coat check. Operating hours for the gaming facility are 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. every day. Simulcast races can be viewed seven days a week and live harness racing runs March through mid-December. For a full racing schedule and additional information, please visit www.saratogacasino.com or call 800-727-2990. Must be 18 years of age or older to play video gaming machines or wager on horses.  Please play responsibly. 


Bank appoints senior vice president of insurance

GLENS FALLS -- Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company has named Kevin O’Brien as Senior Vice President of Insurance Sales and Operations for the Bank’s insurance subsidiaries.

In this role, Mr. O’Brien will oversee the operation and growth of the Bank’s insurance subsidiaries, including McPhillips Insurance Agency, Upstate Agency and Capital Financial Group – all divisions of Glens Falls National Insurance Agencies, LLC. He joins the Bank with extensive experience in the industry as co-owner of R. J. O’Brien Insurance in Glens Falls for 18 years and prior to that, as a supervisor at Travelers for 10 years.

A Glens Falls resident, Mr. O’Brien has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the College at Brockport. His is very active in the community, serving on the boards of the Tri-County United Way, Rotary Club of Glens Falls, Conkling Center, Glen at Hiland Meadows and the United Way of New York.


Saratoga Juice Bar wholesale expanding, more retail locations added

Since the launching Saratoga Juice Bar’s wholesale operation in April 2015, it has experienced Displaying shoprite shelves.jpgDisplaying shoprite shelves.jpgDisplaying shoprite shelves.jpgtremendous growth. The business has shared its mission - and cold pressed juice - throughout the northeast and grown our presence exponentially.Displaying shoprite shelves.jpg

This week it launched itscold pressed juices at ShopRite! The Niskayuna, Colonie, Albany and Slingerlands grocery stores are the first four of 24 locations where the compnay will be merchandising its juice. 

The juices are also at Healthy Living Market, Putnam Market Honest Weight and Niskayuna Food Co-Ops. 

By month’s end Saratoga Juice Bar will also be found at other major grocers in the area including Hannaford, Whole Foods and Fresh Market. 

When in New York City, one can find the local juice at Gristedes and Morton Williams supermarkets.
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Here is a list of all locations that carry Saratoga Juice Bar products:

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Where You Can Find Us…
Flagship Store: 382 Broadway Saratoga Springs NY, 12866

Grocers/Specialty Food Markets
ShopRite – 24 stores
Healthy Living Market
Putnam Market
Green Grocer
Honest Weight Food Co-Op
Niskayuna Food Co-Op
Wild Oats Market (Williamstown, MA)
Whole Foods
Fresh Market
Gristedes Supermarkets (NYC)
Morton Williams Supermarkets (NYC)
CVS (Boston and Saratoga)
Distribution: Sysco (New York); Dari Farms (New England)

Colleges & Universities
Skidmore College
Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
University at Albany/Sodexo

Global Foundries
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
Saratoga Hospital

Roosevelt Bath & Spa
Reform Pilates
The Hot Yoga Spot
Saratoga Botanicals
Saratoga Cycling Studio
YMCA: Clifton Park, Bethlehem, Schenectady

Saratoga Performing Arts Center
NYRA/Saratoga Racetrack
Saratoga Hilton
Saratoga Downtowner

Restaurants & Delis
Roma Foods
Uncommon Grounds
9 Miles East
Circus Café
The Crown Grill
5 Points Market & Deli

Want us in your location or have an idea for where else we should be?
Let us know by contacting Colin MacLean at 518.369.8922 or email juice@saratogajuicebar.com!

December news from the Troy BID

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Thank you to our Sponsors 


Happy Holidays!

What a start to this season! 

We continued the second phase of our "Shop. Dine. Explore. Downtown Troy" campaign and jump started the holiday season with a bang (both literally and in the press). 

Our 4th Annual Dinner and Sammy Awards this past week was also a booming success, and we are just starting to get our thank-yous together--there are so many amazing supporters of Troy. 

The kissing balls are up, the wreaths are out--let's all get together this Sunday (Dec. 6) and celebrate our Troy Victorian Stroll in full force. 'Tis the season!

Thank you for supporting downtown Troy!


The Downtown Troy BID staff
special events 
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Saturdays, in the Atrium 
We are thrilled to accompany the Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market in the Atrium when they move inside, the first weekend of November. The Atrium on 3rd Street will be our home for the next several months so please come find us and see what all of our wonderful makers have to offer. To apply to vend at the Troy Maker's Market click here

4th Annual Dinner and Sammy Awards
Wednesday, December 2nd, 5:30-8:30
Franklin Plaza
Fourth & Grand Streets
4th Annual Dinner & Sammy Awards Conclusion
4th Annual Dinner & Sammy Awards Conclusion
Thank you so much to everyone who attended our 4th Annual Dinner & Sammy Awards on Wednesday. It was a wonderful night for us and we hope that you all had a great time. Thank you for your unwavering support throughout the whole year, we couldn't do what we do without the backing of all of you. Happy Holidays!

Call for Interns!
Are you a college student interested in Graphic Design?  The BID might be the perfect place for you.  Gain valuable experience while celebrating Downtown.  If you are interested, please check out the positions here and send your cover letter and resume to events@troybid.org 


Call for Web Designers! 
We are looking to do a full revision to our website,  see our RFP here .
Please email us at events@troybid.org if you are interested in this project, we would love to hear your ideas!!

business development
The Downtown Troy BID is excited to welcome the
following new businesses to 
our District:   

Northwestern Mutual Grand Opening
2 Third Street 
We are so excited to welcome the Northwestern Mutual team to The Downtown Troy BID. On November 24, Northwestern officially opened the doors to their offices in the Frear Building.  Northwestern brings a team of 26 employees to downtown, with the plans of recruiting 12 new employees in 2016. We are so excited to welcome all of the staff to downtown and we think they will be a great addition to downtown Troy. 

The Holiday Shopping Season in Downtown Troy 
We had another amazing kickoff to our holiday season last month. It all started on Tuesday the 24th, with the help of many downtown business owners, and volunteers we screen printed 288 EnjoyTroy bags that were then handed out on #smallbusinesssaturday to shoppers. The bags were filled with participating retailer's specials, and a flyer for #givingtuesday. Next on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, we set off a cannon in Monument Square to symbolize the start holiday shopping season. On Thanksgiving our billboards (seen below) went up on I-787 for all travelers to see! We continue to encourage consumers to Shop.Dine.Explore. Downtown Troy, and we hope you do too!


member events
Ugly Sweater Party
Saturday, December 19th
Dress to impress at Browns in your most hideous holiday sweater during the Ugly Sweater Party at Brown's Troy Taproom from 9 pm to 12 am. In addition to food and drink specials, DJ Cherch will keep the party lively. Wearer of the ugliest sweater wins a $75 Brown's gift card and Brown's swag! For more information visit their website here.

Game Night At The Ruck: featuring Jenga Tournament
104 3rd Street
December 1st - 6:00pm- 10:00pm
Game night is back at The Ruck! Head on over for this once a month event! They will be holding tournaments of your favorite games with prizes for the winners, this month will be Jenga. While you wait to play your round, or simply Jenga isn't your style, feel free to bring whatever board games you'd like, some will also be provided. It is free to play, and open to the public, so grab your friends and join in on a great night! For more information click here!

377 River Street 
Friday, December 4th 
9:00pm -Big Sky Country
Saturday, December 5th, 9:30pm - Given the Fly (Pearl Jam Tribute)
Saturday, December 12th, 9:30pm - Formula 5
Friday, December 18th, 9:00pm - Soul Sky With Joe Mele
Saturday, December 29th, 9:30pm - Stellar Young
Saturday, December 26st, 9:30pm - Bump
Monday, December 28th, 8:00pm - Isreal Hagan

The Wizard of Oz
Sage College
65 1st Street 
The Theatre Institute at Sage announces their production of The Wizard of Oz, directed by Sean Patrick Fagan, with music direction by Alex Sovronsky. It is based on L. Frank Baum's novel and the 1939 film. This musical adaption of The Wizard of Oz was originally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in London in 1987 with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg. The score is full of tunes from the timeless film such as "We're Off To See the Wizard," If I Only Had A Brain," "The Merry Old Land of Oz," and - of course - "Somewhere Over The Rainbow." Click Here for tickets and show dates!

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
30 Second Street

Thursday, December 10th - 8:00pm - Punch Brothers
Regularly at the top of Billboard's Bluegrass chart, Punch Brothers is one of the Hall's must-see concerts! They are touring to support their latest album, the T Bone Burnett-produced The Phosphorescent Blues, which addresses with straight-up poignancy and subversive humor the power and the pitfalls of our super-connected era. Opening for them is special guest, composer/singer songwriter Gabriel Kahane.
Sunday, December 13th - 3:00pm - The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchstra
is the most sought after big band in the world today.  Bandleader Glenn Miller disappeared over the English Channel on a flight from London to Paris on December 15, 1944, at the height of his popularity.  Yet, over fifty-five years since the public first embraced the successful Glenn Miller Sound, both the legend and the music live on. With its unique, jazzy sound, it is considered one of the greatest bands of all time.
Wednesday, December 16th - 8:00pm - Squeeze Acoustic
For the first time in the US in almost 20 years, Squeeze's Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook will be heading out on the road as a duo with 'The At Odds Couple' tour that will see them present their songs and story in a unique way.  This follows on from the hugely successful UK tour of the same show at the end of last year.

Judge Development Holiday Specials
255 River Street 
Judge Development is having a leasing special for the holidays, 1/2 off first month's rent!**Penthouse available*
To schedule an appointment call 518-274-3325 

Holiday Specials at Body Mind Spirit
270 River Street
Now through December 31st
Flax Eye Pillow - $8 (reg $12)
Herbal Heat Pack - $16 (reg $20)
Herbal Gift Set - $45 (reg $50)
Aroma-Sprays - $8 (reg $10)
Reiki Cards - $9 (reg $12)
Herbal Neck Wrap - $25 (reg $30)

member news
River Street 
So far this year alone, six new business have made their homes on River Street. Troy Grooming Co, Crooked Canvas, Sentinel Butchery, Two Ring Circus, Lux Comfort and Health, and Karma Hair Salon have all opened their doors on River Street this year. We are ecstatic that so many entrepreneurs from all over are choosing Troy as their home. For so many of these business owners, owning a place of their own has been a dream for so long, and we are so thankful that they have chosen Troy to make that dream come true. We hope that the growth on River Street so far this year continues for many years to come. 

Looking to get BID support of your event?
With the growing interest in our downtown, more and more of our members are starting their own events, and we couldn't be happier! If you are a BID member (property owner, business owner, resident, etc.) and you're looking to hold an event in our district, fill outTHIS FORM. The application gives us an idea of what you would like to do, and lets you tell us your expectations of support. We're excited to work with you!
getting involved
The BID is always looking for volunteer committee members in the following areas:

New times and dates are coming check here for the updates!

Please contact the BID office at (518) 279-7997 or email info@troybid.org if you would like to join! There are no requirements - anyone is welcome. Committees meet once per month; they are a great way to help the community and meet new people who all love Troy.