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Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce Honors Local Businesses, Community Organizations at 2008 Business of the Year Awards

Chairman of U. S. Green Building Council Keynote Speaker
Syracuse Mayor Matthew Driscoll Receives Presidents Award

SYRACUSE, NY- Nine local companies and two community service organizations were among those honored at the 19th Annual Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards at the Nicholas
J. Pirro Onondaga County Convention Center at Oncenter Thursday evening, March 6.

Syracuse native Rick Fedrizzi, Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council delivered the keynote address to a record crowd of close to 1,000 at the event. Fedrizzis address, Revolutionary Green:
How the Building Industry is Reinventing its Future, and Ours, outlined how the U.S. Green Building Council has been the catalyst for change in an industry that accounts for nearly 15 percent of U.S.
GDP  the building and real estate industry.

Following his address, awards were presented to Central New York companies and organizations that have excelled in the following areas: growth, workplace innovation, and commitment to community.

Finalists for Business of the Year for a company or organization with more than 50 employees were Eric Mower and Associates, CXtec and Time Warner Cable. The honor went to Eric Mower and Associates.

McClurg Remodeling & Construction Services, Syracuse New Times and DalPos Architects were vying for the award for a company with fewer than 50 employees. The award was presented to McClurg Remodeling
& Constructions Services.

A third award for Community Involvement went to Sugarman Law Firm. King & King Architects and Franciscan Management Services were also finalists for this award. The Non-Profit Business of the Year
award was presented to On Point for College. Junior Achievement of Central New York was the runner up in that category.

In addition to the Business of the Year Awards, the Greater Syracuse Business Development Corporation (GSBDC) announced their selection of M&T Bank as the Bank of the Year award winner. The Syracuse
Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB) presented several hospitality industry awards as well.

Also during the ceremony, the Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to an individual who has served the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce in an extraordinary fashion over a period of
years. Her commitment of time and talent has made the organization stronger and our community better. Selected for this honor was Margery Lange-Keskin, president of J. Andrew Lange, Inc.

To cap off the evening, Syracuse Mayor Matthew Driscoll was presented with the 2008 Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce Presidents Award in recognition of all he has done to advance the
implementation of comprehensive energy and environmental initiatives throughout our City, the region, New York State&and nationally.

WSYR Radios Jim Reith was Master of Ceremonies for the evening. The Annual Dinner is a chance to recognize Chamber members, look back at accomplishments during the past year and look ahead with
renewed commitment and optimism for the coming year. The Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce is the largest business membership organization in Central New York with nearly 2200 member organizations
employing more that 160,000 individuals.

Presenting Sponsors for this event are: Contemporary Personnel Staffing, Inc. and Professionals Inc., Destiny USA, Stickley, Seneca Data, Syracuse Research Corporation and SRCTec. Corporate Sponsors
are: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Crouse Hospital, Haylor Freyer & Coon, Laboratory Alliance of CNY, Sensis, UPS, UnitedHealthcare, Unity Life, and Welch Allyn. Beverage sponsor is Anheuser-Busch,
Inc. Decorating sponsor is Northeast Decorating & Exhibit Services. Media Sponsors include the Central New York Business Journal, Clear Channel Radio (the official radio station for the annual
dinner), The Post-Standard, Visual Technologies Corporation and WCNY.

Complete list of awards:
Business of the Year (more than 50 employees)
Eric Mower and Associates

Business of the Year (1-50 employees)
McClurg Remodeling & Construction Services

Community Involvement Award
Sugarman Law Firm

Non-Profit Business of the Year
On Point for College

Greater Syracuse Business Development Corporation Bank of the Year
M&T Bank

Volunteer of the Year
Margery Lange-Keskin, J. Andrew Lange, Inc.

2008 Presidents Award
Syracuse Mayor Matthew Driscoll

Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau Share A Cuse Award
Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation-International Wizard of Oz Club

And, Sue and Chuck Luchsinger-American Jersey Cattle Association

Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce
572 South Salina St.  Syracuse, NY 13202-3320
Phone:(315) 470-1800   Fax:(315) 471-8545