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Broome Celebrates Economic Successes of 2016

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Contributions to the local economy were rewarded on Tuesday morning by the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce. Once nicknamed "The Valley of Opportunity," today's award recipients prove that there is plenty of that spirit still left in the Southern Tier. 

"These are trend setters. All of these people have set the bar so high, which, that's who we are," says Jennifer Conway, President of the Chamber of Commerce.

Winners were selected in four categories for the Building BC Awards: Restorative, Transformative, Innovative, and Individual. For their cutting edge heart health technology, Endicott-based start-up Sonostics took home the award for innovation. The company's product, the HeartPartner, claims to offer a number of health benefits by stimulating the soleus muscle, also referred to as the "secondary heart."

"This is still an innovative resource. Binghamton, Broome County is still an innovative hub," says Kyle Washington, Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Sonostics Inc.

Another form of innovation, Mercy House of the Southern Tier received the Transformative Award for re-purposing an old church in Endicott into a place of tranquility for the terminally ill.

"If you can see what we can do with an old church or Front Street in Binghamton. What they did with that was absolutely beautiful," says Amy Roma, Interim Executive Director at Mercy House.

The Front Street First Ward Project was recognized for improving an area that is the first thing visitors see when they get off the highway in Binghamton. A recent $12 million project renovated 37 low-and moderate-income housing units on Front Street and throughout the First Ward. With the make-over and prime location, the Chamber hopes that area of the city will see more economic growth.

"Other people will feel comfortable or more comfortable with investing on Front Street and elsewhere in that area," says Jerry Willard, Executive Director of the First Ward Council.

Coming out of the bullpen for the final award was the Maine-Endwell Little League team. Through talent and sportsmanship, the Little League World Champions brought positive attention to the area, and important ingredient for community success.

"It can hopefully spurn some economic development and some good feelings for the area," says President of M-E Little League Mitch Gorton.

By highlighting these success stories, the Chamber hopes others will feel inspired to follow suit.