Saratoga Springs, NY – On Thursday, November 18 at 7 pm in the Canfield Casino, The Saratoga Springs History Museum will host A Conversation with Joe Dalton as part of the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust Program Series. Saratoga Springs native and
Saratogian columnist Mike Veitch will speak with Dalton about his accomplishments and the changes he experienced in Saratoga Springs as head of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce for the past 40 years. Dalton will be inducted into the History Museum’s Saratoga Springs History Hall of Fame, along with Reuben Hyde Walworth, the last Chancellor of the State of New York.
Joe Dalton arrived in Saratoga Springs in 1970 to assume the position of Executive Vice President of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, an organization with a staff of one full time and one part-time employee and a total membership of 330. When Dalton retired in 2010, he left with a staff of 10 full-time employees and a membership of 2,800 firms.
Dalton has been an instructor in management at five nationally recognized universities, and has been a coordinator of strategic planning sessions for Chambers, governments and non-profit organizations across the state as well as in Saratoga County. He was one of
three founders of the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation which has brought thousands of good paying jobs to the County. He was one of the two founders of the Saratoga Springs Plan of Action which revitalized the Saratoga Springs downtown. His
skills were integral to the initial construction of the City Center and its present expansion. In recent years he organized the effort to protect the quality of Thoroughbred racing for which Saratoga is famous.
He presently serves on the Luther Forest Economic Development Board. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau since its inception, and has led or been a part of numerous fund raising efforts for many non-profits
in the county.
During his tenure at the Chamber, Dalton initiated the Bartenders Ball which has raised over $300,000 for 12 charities in the county, Leadership Saratoga, the re-opening of Alpine Meadows Ski Slope, the opening of the Saratoga Music Hall, the hosting of the
Medal of Honor recipients, and the Community of Respite Program in response to 9/11. Recent initiatives by Dalton have been to convince existing and new residents to become involved as volunteers in their home towns. A volunteer recruitment video and nonprofit
volunteer directory were produced, as well as a series of essays on how volunteers were able to turn Saratoga Springs into the urban jewel it is today.
This program is offered free of charge. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Call (518) 584-6920 with questions or visit www.saratogahistory.org.