HERKIMER — Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director John Scarano plans to retire.

Scarano, of Little Falls, became executive director in January 2006. Since then, the chamber has grown in membership, developed and adopted new programs and focused promotion of Herkimer County and area businesses for a variety of economic development opportunities, according to a news release.

Scarano is planning to retire sometime in the fall. He 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, according to the release.

“Throughout my career, I have promoted our region as the ideal place to live and either start or expand a business,” said Scarano said in the release. “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 the Mohawk Valley has to offer. I look forward to seeing what’s in store for our community.”

Carrie McMurray, Chamber board president, 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 in the release. “We very much appreciate his service to the business community and region.”

The chamber is in the process of forming a search committee to find the next director.

The chamber, with offices at 420 E. German St. in Herkimer, celebrated its 50th anniversary in April. It is a member of the Chamber Alliance of the Mohawk Valley, the New York State Business Council and the Chamber Alliance of New York.

For information, visit www.herkimercountychamber.COM