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Rochester Area Chamber and its leader receive high honors  

Rochester Area Chamber and its leader receive high honors  

Bob Duffy, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, has been recognized by City & State NY as a key leader driving economic development in New York State on its 2022 Economic Development Power 100 list. 


The Economic Development Power 100, published by the politics and policy magazine City & State, recognizes the most influential elected officials, business executives, policymakers, academics, advocates and others who are creating jobs and improving the economic wellbeing of all New Yorkers. 

In his role, Duffy has focused on ensuring prosperity for Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes, with a particular focus on talent retention and workforce development.  

Most recently, he has led Greater Rochester Chamber’s talent strategy programs which include initiatives such as Greater ROC Remote, CampusROC and Veterans Connect. Duffy is also recognized as a champion for advancing DEI efforts and working with elected leaders to advocate for businesses and business growth in the region. 

“It is a true honor to be recognized on this list with so many great leaders in New York State economic development,” Duffy said in a statement. “The future is bright because of the work these individuals are doing to provide equitable development for businesses and talent.” 

The news comes shortly after the U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce with its designation of Accredited with 5 Stars for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures and positive impact on the community. 

This is the second consecutive time Greater Rochester Chamber has achieved this highest level of distinction from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. There are only two other five-star accredited chambers in New York, and only 142 of 7,000 chambers nationally have received this honor. 

The purpose of the U.S. Chamber’s Accreditation Program is to facilitate continuing excellence in the chamber industry and to foster a pro-business environment across America.  

In order to receive Accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, communications and technology.  

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