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 RBA twice led successful campaigns to defeat the Living Wage Movement’s attempts to impose its arbitrary wage rates on our businesses. The organization developed the strategy that led to the creation of Rockland’s Empire Zone Task Force and brought the issue of broadband infrastructure to the public forum which then led to the creation of then County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef’s Technology Leadership Council.
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The RBA is known as “The Voice of Business.” Through the RBA, businesses are able to work together achieving goals that could not be attained by working as single entities.
President and CEO of the Rockland Business Association, Al Samuels, is the featured guest on Cablevision's July 24th edition of Meet the Leaders with Kerry Donovan. Topics discussed include the strengths and challenges of Rockland’s economic engine, the proposed Legoland project, the Tappan Zee Bridge construction and the East Ramapo School district controversy. Click to view or watch on Channel 118 Cabelvision. (Note: if the video doesn't play, please copy and paste the following URL into your Browser's window and hit Enter, http://www.meettheleaders.com/2015/07/rockland-business-association/)
It was a perfectly, beautiful night at the RBA Annual BBQ at Emmett's Castle at Blue Hill. Thank you to all our sponsors for making this night special by serving us a delicious and plentiful bbq buffet.
The July 16th General Membership Luncheon centered around Rockland's hot topic: "East Ramapo - Next Steps: A Conversation with Senator David Carlucci and Assembly Members Ellen Jaffee and Kenneth Zebrowski"
The Rockland County Budget Crisis: How it happened, and plotting a course to fiscal health
A white-paper study commissioned by the Rockland Business Association
in partnership with Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress
General Membership Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
3 Executive Blvd Suffern, NY
12th Annual Pinnacle Awards Dinner a memorable event!
Did you know? All about your RBA
"End of Session Business Coalition" work continues
May 6 Business After Hours
Learn about bringing Chinese tourists
to Rockland County on May 28
June 9 is "the other RBA" collaboration luncheon
Protein Sciences' June 25 reception to celebrate licensing of Flublok vaccine
Welcome new RBA members!
RBA April 16th General Membership Luncheon
"30 Ideas in 30 Minutes"
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Rockland Business Association,
One Blue Hill Plaza, P.O. Box 1567, Lobby Level, Pearl River, NY 10965
Phone: 845-735-2100 | Fax: 845-735-2482 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Rockland Business Association
Photographs by Kathy Kahn & Rick Samuels