The Chamber Alliance of New York State (CANYS), a statewide association of over 70 Chambers of Commerce, has elected Heather Bell-Meyer, President and CEO of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, as its Chair-elect for 2024.

Heather Bell-Meyer Elected Chair-elect of the Chamber Alliance of New York State

Ms. Bell-Meyer brings with her over 10 years’ experience working with chambers of commerce, economic development initiatives and advocacy throughout Orange County. She is the President & CEO of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce in addition to having held leadership positions since 2008 with Heineken USA, the YMCA and her own successful small business.


Heather is a fierce advocate for the greater business community and dedicates much of her time to serving the constituents in her county. She participates regularly with organizations such as the BCNYS, Orange County Economic Development Task Force, Orange County Workforce Development Board, Stewart Air Service Development Committee. United Way of Dutchess and Orange Regions, the US Chamber of Commerce and Orange County and NYS Association of Towns.

“I’m extremely pleased to have Heather serve as our Chair-elect to help further the work of the Alliance in providing professional development, valuable resources and strong advocacy insights to our chambers of commerce throughout New York State,” stated Peter Aust, Executive Director of CANYS. “Heather’s passion for chambers is effusive, her experience extensive and I’m confident our association will continue to grow with her involvement.”

“I feel incredibly honored to contribute to CANYS in this capacity and to express my enthusiasm for business, economic development, and advocacy on behalf of colleagues statewide," remarked Bell-Meyer. “The efforts of Chambers of Commerce play a vital role in the survival, growth, and innovation of the communities we serve. Our actions have a meaningful impact, and I am delighted to align my passion with CANYS, working towards the organization's growth and, ultimately, enhancing business representation in New York State.”

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus shared, “This is a great testament to Heather's hard work and leadership. She will shine in this prominent role representing not only Orange County, but also her peers throughout New York State. I am proud to work with Heather and offer her my congratulations on her well-deserved appointment.  I look forward to hearing about her successes as Chairwoman-Elect of the Chamber Alliance of New York State.”

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The Chamber Alliance of NYS is an association of Chambers of Commerce dedicated to providing members with education and insight into the latest trends and issues facing our chambers, our member businesses and our communities - in addition to providing a forum to connect and collaborate with peers throughout New York State.

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