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Business Community on the Move

Updated: Oct 7, 2021

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk abuzz with activity


RCS CBA's meetings generally start with member announcements and our September Business Breakfast at The Sycamore Country Club on Thursday, 9/23 was no exception.


Here's what attendees shared:


Rebecca Flach from Hope Full Life Center announced extended hours for Helping Harvest, its food assistance program for low-income families. The new hours are on Monday and Tuesday.


Then, speaking on behalf of RCS CBA, Rebecca said the association was meeting with the Town of Coeymans leadership at the Board Meeting that evening to discuss economic development. She said RCS CBA had a similar meeting with the Village.


Mark Westcott from TCI of NY announced the creation of a training program for youth. The paid training can lead to full time employment for people who complete it. The program is designed for people 16+ who are high school graduates, but not going to college; women reentering the workforce; veterans and other similar populations.

Denise Wilsey announced Rail to River Brewing will open in the next couple months.


Pastor Chuck Engelhardt thanked the business community for its support of Abounding Love Christian Fellowship's Kindness for Kids program, which fed 2,000 lunches to kids during the summer.


Linda Bruno from STARS Intergen said several STARS helped pack lunches and distribute them in the community during the Kindness for Kids program. Linda also reported the not-for-profit is working with the school district once again and is coordinating STARS' after-school program.


Pastor Antonio Booth said his church, Riverview Baptist in Coeymans, is now a Point of Access to the Albany County court system. Community members with legal matters may appear before the court via an online meeting instead of in-person.


Marlene McTigue from Kathoderay Media said the digital marketing agency is working on a new strategic plan at a full staff retreat. Marlene encouraged all businesses to go through this process.


Nancy Warner said the Village of Ravena will host a paper shred event this fall. Stay tuned for details.

Kevin and Roxanne from Sycamore Country Club discussed the newly remodeled clubhouse. They also talked about the creation of a winter ski and snowshoe trail in conjunction with the Town.

"I'm hearing a voice of unity, good works, cooperation," said Bob LaCosta, owner of hEARt Ear Boutique, author and RCS CBA Board Member, after hearing all the news from businesses. "The voice I hear is growth. I see potential."

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