The Yates County Chamber of Commerce promotes business through programs, services and events; addresses critical community issues and advocates responsible economic growth by bringing community leaders together to maintain an organization that is committed to community and economic excellence.
The Chamber is comprised of a Board of Directors made up of at least fourteen community leaders. The organization is divided into the following three councils: Economic Development Council (Tourism Committee; Industrial Committee; Workforce Development; Penn Yan Business Association), Community Development Council (Government Action Committee; Community Involvement Committee), and the Organizational Development Council (Membership Committee; Long Range Planning Committee).
The Chamber is a membership based, business organization, focused on community and economic development. We believe that our activities will result in greater quality of life for the county's residents. We have a variety of networking opportunities for our members and for the community at large. We maintain a health insurance program that covers nearly 2,000 Yates County residents. We operate a Visitor's Center at 2375 Route 14A and employ a full time staff of three. We enjoy a relationship with Yates County as their Tourism Promotion Agency (TPA). This means that we strategically develop and implement a tourism marketing program on behalf of county government. The program is specifically focused to put "heads in beds", as folks who sleep here, spend more money when they visit. This program is funded through a line item in the county budget and through private sector contributions and the famous I Love NY program.
We also enjoy a relationship with the Keuka Wine Trail and are their administrative team. We assist in the production of their collateral materials, manage their website and coordinate ticket sales to their events, year 'round. The Chamber has a Board of Directors made up of 12 business people from all business segments. We have bankers, realtors, lodging owners, retail operators and representatives from the hospital and college. The Board is responsible for maintaining our vision and mission, while the staff is charged with implementation.
To promote and enhance the economic, social and cultural opportunities in Yates County, the Yates County Chamber of Commerce will continue to be the definitive resource for community information, development and coordination.