The Rockland Business Association (RBA) was founded August 31, 1967, by a group of 40 local business leaders concerned with assisting the county in its growth, both as a business community and in its cultural and social programs.
The goals have been essentially unchanged since its formation. The need for the organization's involvement, however, has intensified over the years as the county has grown from a parochial, semi-rural community into a critically important regional partner. In fact, today the RBA is the most regional of all similar associations in the Hudson Valley, with 24 per cent of its members coming from outside of Rockland.
The RBA is viewed as one of New York's most influential public policy and economic development organizations.
The RBA has twice been recognized as a Best of Business Honoree by the Small Business Commerce Association; was NY's 2001 Small Business Not-For-Profit of the Year; won a Regional Achievement Award in 2009 from Pattern for Progress and, in 2010, was named The Business Council's First Platinum Level Chamber of the Year.
Among its many significant contributions to the local and regional communities are the issuance of the White Paper of 2012, which changed both the elected and staff leadership that led Rockland in the seven-year fiscal spiral that earned us the title of Most Fiscally Stressed County in NY. The document also changed the course of action regarding the financially draining Summit Park Hospital and County Pharmacy.
The first meeting of the RBA Construction, Real Estate and Development Committee (CRED) had over 45 people in attendance. It truly was a successful launch. Thank you to the group's founders: Judith Bachman, Esq., Irving Zuckerman, Verticon Construction and Michael Shilale, Architect. Meetings will be held on the first Thursday of each month from 4:30-6:00pm. The next meeting will be on Thursday, November 10, at Casa Mia House in Blauvelt.
Rockland County Executive, Ed Day, made opening remarks including his hope that the Sain Building will eventually become senior housing. "The senior community needs to be in the downtown areas where they do not have to rely on a car to get to stores."
Sponsored by Orange & Rockland Utilities, Business After Hours, was at Green Meadow Waldorf School (host sponsor). It was a beautiful night with delicious hors d'oeuvres, wine and jazz band provided by our host.
The August RBA BBQ/Trivia Night hosted by HNA Palisades Premier Conference Center was sponsored by Atlantic,Tomorrow's Office.
Table sponsors included: People's United Bank, Keller Williams Hudson Valley Realty and HealthSav, LLC.
We were nice and cool inside this beautiful facility as Kerry Potter of WRCR 1700 Radio emceed the Trivia Quiz. A good time was had by all.
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White Paper 2016
The Answer To
is ranked as the
2nd highest taxed
county in the United States
A Crushing Burden:
Why is Rockland County So Heavily Taxed?
An examination of property taxes in Rockland County, NY, and recommendations related to controlling them.
General Membership Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Rockland Country Club, 380 Route 9W, Sparkill
RBA 7th Annual Green Council Awards
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Rockland Business Association,
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Rockland Business Association
Photographs by Kathy Kahn & Rick Samuels