About the Publisher / Editor

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For more than 30 years Marc Gronich has been involved in the Jewish community of the greater Capital District and professionally as a journalist covering government and politics at the state Capitol. With the creation of JBizTechValley.com, he has the chance to marry his two passions.

As a member of the Jewish community, Marc has taught Sunday school at a reform synagogue, raised money for a conservative synagogue and for more than a decade was a member of the board of directors at an Orthodox synagogue. Marc was employed for more than a year with the Albany Jewish Community Center as their membership and marketing director. He has been involved with synagogues and many non-profit groups throughout the immediate Capital District helping to foster positive relations wherever possible.

This website will feature a column, News Jews Can Use, which will focus on government, politics and community news. All news copy will be original content, not from rewriting news releases or wire service stories.

As an award-winning journalist Marc has interviewed most of the federal, state and local elected officials and community leaders in this area. For most of his career in journalism, Marc has been a political reporter covering events at the state Capitol since 1978. Marc founded Statewide News Service, Inc., in 1981. He has held positions of responsibility that included news editor for Water Technology Magazine and Capital Bureau Chief for his hometown newspaper, The Canarsie Courier. He also worked for a locally-owned and family-operated newspaper, The Jewish World. He is a lifetime member of the Legislative Correspondents Association, the press corps at the state Capitol.

While Marc has ventured into the political arena, he has maintained his independence at the same time helping to provide assistance to foster good government and encourage people of all political persuasions to run for office and be involved in the political process.

Marc served as executive director of a county political organization, where he led successful fundraising efforts, upgraded the computer system and created the organization’s first website. He has worked on various political campaigns, including fundraising activities on behalf of Republican, Democratic and Independence Party candidates across the state.

In addition to the above, Marc has worked behind the scenes as a staffer in the Assembly and Senate. Marc’s penchant for objectivity spanned into the most political of all projects; an apolitical redistricting of mapping the legislative boundaries in seven counties throughout the state after the 2000 Census.

About this website:

JBizTechValley.com is designed to be a road map detailing what our area offers in terms of yiddishkeit.

This online directory is designed to serve three purposes:

  • To encourage people within the Jewish community of the greater Capital District to support local Jewish-owned businesses.
  • To inform prospective newcomers to the area that there is a robust Jewish community with a broad base.
  • To show people outside the region that this area supports a vibrant and vital Jewish life and culture.

There are more than 20,000 Jews living in the 16 counties comprising the greater Capital District, mostly centered in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties. We are the largest Jewish community between Monsey (Rockland County) and Montreal.

We are a diverse, strong, lively and energetic community breaking new ground in everything from retail to medicine, from technology to innovative ways of doing business. This area boasts more than 50 congregations, 600 Jewish business owners, Jewish-run not-for-profits and many Jewish educational opportunities from preschool to adult education classes.

The website provides information about area businesses, congregations, Jewish education and Jewish-run not-for-profits, as well as original-content news stories. JBizTechValley.com is a production of Statewide News Service, Inc.