Advocacy for Rockland County & Regional Businesses
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.
The RBA is the most regional of all similar associations in the Hudson Valley, with 24% of its members coming from outside of Rockland.
Video Source: LOHUD, November 1, 2017
Corporate Partners enable us to generate the initiatives necessary to ensure sound growth and economic development in Rockland County. Corporate partnerships are essential in maintaining and increasing our visibility, thereby strengthening our effectiveness in advancing our business agenda.
Economic Development / Government Affairs formulates an annual legislative agenda and provides a focal point for RBA’s ongoing advocacy efforts.
Economic Development and Governmental Issues
- 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 Vanderboef’s Technology Leadership Council.
- The RBA was instrumental in gaining favorable considerations for our business community relative to the imposition of the state’s new minimum wage laws.
- The RBA was the leading advocate for the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.
- The prime motivator for the adoption of legislation for an Executive form of government. The group was responsible for the Airmont lnterchange on the NYS Thruway and for the formation of Rockland’s Industrial Development Authority.
Among the RBA’s many significant contributions to the local and regional communities are the issuance of the White Papers of 2012 and 2016.
White Paper 2016
- Clearly identified why Rockland was the second highest taxed county in America
- Boldly presented the hard decisions necessary for the county to correct the situation.
White Paper 2012
- Changed both the elected and staff leadership that led Rockland in the seven-year fiscal spiral that earned Rockland County the title of Most Fiscally Stressed County in NY.
- Changed the course of action regarding the financially draining Summit Park Hospital and County Pharmacy.
Awards and Honors
The RBA is viewed as one of New York’s most influential public policy and economic development organizations.
- Best of Business Honoree by the Small Business Commerce Association – twice recognized
- NY’s 2001 Small Business Not-For-Profit of the Year
- Regional Achievement Award Winner in 2009 from Pattern for Progress
- The Business Council’s First Platinum Level Chamber of the Year in 2010
The President/CEO of the RBA serves as Rockland County’s voting member on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council.