Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Binghamton Chamber announced the 2022 Building BC Award Recipients during a reception on February 15, 2022. SUNY Broome’s Culinary & Event Center was among the winners:

2022 Restorative Award

Dr. Kevin Drumm, President

Presented to: SUNY Broome Culinary & Event Center
Accepted by: Dr. Kevin Drumm, President

The Restorative Award recognizes a project that brings new life into an aging building.

SUNY Broome Community College purchased the former Carnegie Library in downtown Binghamton in 2012 and began construction in 2016. Today, this historic building experiences new life as a cutting-edge culinary facility that provides an educated labor pool for an expanding hospitality industry.

2022 Innovative Award

Shailesh Upreti, Chairman and Founder

Presented to: iM3NY
Accepted by: Shailesh Upreti, Chairman and Founder

This award recognizes a project, product or service that “thinks outside the box” and continues to stretch the boundaries and has proven to be a leader in innovation.

iM3NY is leading the green revolution with a focus on clean energy lithium-ion batteries. Their unique formula will produce a battery with increased capacity, a longer life cycle, higher safety standards and a lower environmental impact. Their batteries are a step forward in creating a greener planet.

2022 Transformative Award

Dave Culbertson, President and CEO

Presented to: National Pipe & Plastics, Inc.
Accepted by: Dave Culbertson, President and CEO

This award recognizes a project that impacts the entire community and fosters growth of those around it.

National Pipe purchased an abandoned Endicott Johnson Shoe Factory in 2001 and the adjacent property in 2018 to make way for construction of their new state-of-the-art office headquarters and relocation of their manufacturing and warehouse operations. In doing so they cleaned up a hazardous waste site, created additional green space and new roads while beautifying and transforming this Endicott neighborhood.

2022 Individual Award

Naima Kradjian, CEO, Goodwill Theatre, Inc.

Presented to: Naima Kradjian, CEO, Goodwill Theatre, Inc.

This award recognizes an individual whose investment positively impacts the quality of life and job growth to ensure the success of the region’s communities and economy.

Since 1987, Naima Kradjian has devoted her efforts to making a difference in the Greater Binghamton Arts Community. In 2002, Naima had a vision to create a performing arts and conference center complex in Johnson City when the 1920 National Register Historic Goodwill Theatre was put for sale due to delinquent taxes. In 2011, she partnered with UHS Hospital, the Village of Johnson City and area artistic partners to create the Johnson City Health and Culture District. With the demolition of seven blighted properties and an updated strategic plan, Naima hopes for the completion of the arts complex within the next five years. Naima’s investment of time, talent and resources has positively impacted Johnson City and fostered growth around it.

Read more about the 2022 Building BC Award winners.