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Chambers strike a common chord

From left: Mark Egan, Congressman Paul Tonko, Linda Hilman, Todd Shimkus, CDTA CEO Carm Basile and Chuck Steiner take part in the first ever State of the Region Breakfast.

From left: Mark Egan, Congressman Paul Tonko, Linda Hilman, Todd Shimkus, CDTA CEO Carm Basile and Chuck Steiner take part in the first ever State of the Region Breakfast. Photo by Marci Revette.

— Also in attendance at the breakfast was Rep. Paul Tonko, who also expressed his optimism for the region’s future.

“I think the regional strategy is spot on,” he said. “I like working with the chambers to develop a plan and determining what the goals are.”

To that end, he said he’s appointed a standing committee on energy and commerce.

“Investing in innovating, clean energy builds potential here,” he said.

The chamber presidents also took the opportunity to strike a collaborative tone, hinting at future joint ventures.

“We can overcome problems by bringing our collective strength together,” Egan said. “Working together we can get a different perspective and either get a pat on the back or a kick in the butt.”

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