John Scarano, executive director of the Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce for more than a decade, announced his retirement this week.

Scarano, of Little Falls, became executive director in January 2006. Under his leadership, the chamber has grown in membership, developed and adopted new programs, and focused promotion of Herkimer County and area businesses for a wide variety of economic development opportunities. His last day will be later this fall.

Scarano will continue to serve on numerous countywide boards of directors, such as the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency, Herkimer County Historical Society, and Herkimer County HealthNet.

“Throughout my career, I have promoted our region as the ideal place to live and either start or expand a business,” Scarano said. “I am proud of the time I have spent with the Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce. I am just as proud of all of the skilled businessmen and women who recognize the opportunities that the Mohawk Valley has to offer. I look forward to seeing what’s in store for our community.”

Chamber Board President Carrie McMurray thanked Scarano for his many years of service.

“John has been an ideal ambassador for the chamber during his years as executive director,” McMurray said. “We very much appreciate his service to the business community and region.”
The chamber is currently in the process of forming a search committee to find the next executive director.

The Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 50th anniversary in April 2018. Located in Herkimer, N.Y., the chamber is a member of the Chamber Alliance of the Mohawk Valley, as well as the New York State Business Council and the Chamber Alliance of New York. You can learn more about the chamber at