The chambers have been having regular meetings since last fall to communicate on possible collaborative efforts since last fall. In the special election for the 20th Congressional District, the group was able to provide questionnaires answered by both candidates to their members, and secure a promise from now-Congressman Scott Murphy to meet with the chambers to talk about small business in the area.
The chambers also collaborate in energy-saving consortiums and training programs.
"We have worked together on many initiatives," said Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce President Charles Steiner.
That spirit of cooperation is not likely to stop anytime soon, said chamber officials. Future efforts might involve making it easier for those moving to the Capital District to find work by creating Web sites for job listings based on "job zones."