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Rockland Business Association

The RBA – Who We Are Today

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 President/CEO of the RBA is one of only two Rocklanders serving as voting members on Governor Andrew Cuomo's Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council.

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.

RBA Construction, Real Estate and Development Committee (CRED)

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.
 Michael Shilale addresses first meeting of CRED
Michael Shilale addresses first meeting of CRED

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."

Michael Shilale said, "It's imperative we make this Council work.  We hope to attract several subcontractors and municipal leaders to join us and help create a private/public partnership---that includes lenders, engineers and everyone connected in economic development. The County cannot live on two percent growth. It's difficult enough to stay within the state's two percent tax cap. We need to grow, and that includes construction. It's the only way we can move forward."
CRED founders, Judith Bachman, Esq. and Michael Shilale with County Executive Ed Day.
CRED founders, Judith Bachman, Esq. and Michael Shilale with County Executive Ed Day.

September 21st Business After Hours

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.

Jazz Band entertained us
Jazz Band entertained us

September RBA General Membership Luncheon

The September 21st General Membership Luncheon featured Laurence Gottlieb, President/CEO, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation.  He spoke on Rockland's role in the Hudson Valley 2025.

Laurence Gottlieb, President- and  CEO of Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation
Laurence Gottlieb, Pres./CEO, HV Economic Development Corp. 

August RBA BBQ/Trivia Night

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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The Rockland Business Association
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  • The Rockland Business Association educates, informs and provides beneficial services to our members.
  • 25% of our membership are non-Rockland based businesses. Expand your business reach and network.
  • As a member, each of your employees are eligible to participate in member events and discounts. Not a member yet, fill out the application.


The RBA "Flipbook" Membership Directory, Published August 2016.

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White Paper 2016
The Answer To
Rockland County
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.

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General Membership Luncheon

October 20
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Rockland Country Club, 380 Route 9W, Sparkill

RBA 7th Annual Green Council Awards


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