WALLINGFORD — The Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce, which services businesses in Wallingford and North Haven, will become an affiliate of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce in October, chamber leaders said Thursday.
The announcement comes after a five-month search to replace President and Chief Executive Officer Robin Wilson, who will retire her post on Oct. 31 but remain as a consultant until next May.
“The (Transition) Committee looked at all options, including job postings, and several chambers reached out to us,” Wilson said. This is the decision they came up with and they did a great job.”
The Quinnipiac Chamber will maintain staffed offices at its South Turnpike Road headquarters and will continue most programs while expanding offerings to include those in Greater New Haven. The dues structure will remain the same. Wilson said teaming up with the Greater New Haven Chamber will offer more opportunities to Quinnipiac’s membership.
Paul Mayer, chairman of the Quinnipiac chamber’s executive board, also served on the transition committee that met with other chambers and interviewed potential candidates.
“The Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to the new affiliation,” Mayer said in press statement. “We anticipate many benefits for both chambers as we work together to foster business growth for our members in the local communities and beyond.”
The new alliance also consolidates the region’s “legislative and planning efforts to promote business approaches to government and legislation in a cohesive, well-defined manner,” said Shay Atluru, co-chairman of the transportation committee.
“This new affiliation allows chamber members from both organizations to keep their local identity while expanding on the many programs offered by each chamber,” said Len Matteo Jr., chairman of the Greater New Haven chamber’s executive board.
“Member companies can expect greater efficiencies of their respective organizations and increased opportunities.”
Wilson said chamber affiliations are becoming more common across the country. In Connecticut, the former Bristol Chamber of Commerce is now the Chamber of Central Connecticut, and there are several affiliations in the Greater Bridgeport Chamber, Wilson said.
“It’s the wave of the future because it’s the best way to take care of everybody,” Wilson said. “We feel lucky because we maintain our identity.”
The Quinnpiac Chamber has 540 member companies representing more than 12,000 employees.
The greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce is the nation’s third-oldest and represents almost 2,000 member businesses in 15 cities and towns in south central Connecticut.