State Senator Cathy Young was not wrong; the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers was not wrong; U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was not wrong; Congressman Tom Reed was not wrong; and Governor Andrew Cuomo was not wrong. They and the thousands of people who spoke out in support of repowering the NRG plant in Dunkirk were right on target about the need to continue electric generation right here in Chautauqua County.
A lawsuit brought on by Entergy, a competitor with NRG, has placed repowering on hold. Entergy Corporation owns electric generating stations nationwide, including the James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego County and the Indian Point nuclear plant in Westchester County.
The Entergy strategy is disappointing, but we echo the comments made by Senator Young, who has been one of the chief proponents of the Repower Dunkirk movement. She said, "Our commitment is as strong as ever to move ahead, and we're working to find solutions." We couldn't agree more.
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier remain in strong support of repowering the Dunkirk facility. We greatly value NRG as an employer and as a partner and investor in the community. We recognize the Entergy lawsuit has created concern as it pertains to repowering the Dunkirk facility. However, we want everyone concerned to know that our county, our communities, and our organizations remain committed to the NRG plan for repowering and firmly believe it is the right plan for our community, the region and the state.
As a community we need to stay the course and continue to voice our support for Repowering Dunkirk. We were proud to be actively involved in the Repower Dunkirk effort two years ago and remain focused on retaining jobs, retaining our tax base, retaining our industry and retaining the vital electric power generated at the Dunkirk plant.
Whether you are currently a member of a Board of Directors or are considering getting involved in one, we encourage you to take advantage of a special upcoming training workshop on how to be a better board member. The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present a special training workshop on Boardsmanship, Friday, Sept. 11, from 8:30 to10:30 a.m. at the Falcon's Nest Banquet Hall, East Main Street in Falconer. Chris Yates of Hutton Associates has an extensive background, having served on several boards of directors including Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, Chautauqua Lake Association, WCA Hospital Foundation, and others. He will spend this time sharing insights on what it means to serve on a board. Topics will include the role of the board and its members, hiring staff, vision and mission, budgeting and nurturing diversity. Join the Chamber for this morning of good food and useful information. The cost is just $12.
You may register online at www.chautauquachamber.org/events or call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101.
information/enrollment sessions offered
We are here to serve your health insurance needs. Whether you are a sole proprietor or a small, medium or large business, we can assist you. We are here to make sure you get the coverage you need at a price that works for you and your employees. This year, Chamber staff has the ability to provide a wide variety of choices to connect you with health, dental, vision, and other ancillary insurance products that will best suit your needs. We strongly encourage you to attend one of our many free open enrollment/information sessions for a thorough overview of changes coming this year and to learn about all of the options available.
Our meetings will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 22 in Jamestown; Thursday, Sept. 24 in Dunkirk; Tuesday, Sept. 29 in Westfield and Irving; and Thursday, Oct. 1 in Chautauqua. For a full schedule of times and locations, see the events calendar on our website. Chamber members will all be notified by mail as well. These forums are sponsored by KeyBank, Lawley Insurance, and Univera Healthcare. They are free to attend, but we encourage all to register so that we can plan ahead for the number of attendees. You can register online at www.chautauquachamber.org or by calling 484-1101 or 366-6200.
First Friday Westfield is Sept. 4
First Friday in Westfield has seen unprecedented growth this year, and there's still one more event remaining! The Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber of Commerce hosts this monthly event to help bring the community together during a street party featuring art, music, food, and a variety of vendors. The September First Friday is set for Sept. 4 along East Main Street in Westfield, starting at 5 p.m. We hope you'll attend to sample local products, merchants, and restaurants and enjoy the atmosphere in Westfield. For more information, contact Westfield-Barcelona Chamber Coordinator Jill Santi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hanover Chamber hosts Motorcycle Run to benefit food bank
The Hanover Community Chamber of Commerce is pleased this year to help sponsor the 15th Annual Motorcycle Run and Party to benefit the Food Bank of Western New York. The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19. Registration is at the American Legion Post in Eden. The tour route includes Route 20 into the village of Fredonia, into Dunkirk via Route 60, and then on Route 5 through Silver Creek. It will pass through the annual Festival of Grapes and conclude with a wrap-up party at Sunset Bay Beach Club. The Food Bank of Western New York distributes food to 336 agencies in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara counties.