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Gov. Cuomo deserves thanks for focusing on economic opportunities

February 4, 2016
By Todd J. Tranum - President & CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce , Westfield Republican

By Todd J. Tranum

President & CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce

& Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

As more information begins to surface regarding a $200 million budget item for Chautauqua County, we would like to take a moment to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for keeping a focus on potential economic opportunities in Chautauqua County. We are very excited and encouraged as this opportunity continues to unfold. The Governor came through in a significant way as a proponent of Repowering Dunkirk and has continued to keep Chautauqua County on his mind in this year's budget proposal. Whether the project is ultimately a SUNY Polytechnic Commercialization Center or a high-tech drug manufacturing firm or some combination of both, this community is enthused and ready to step up in any way we can to help bring this development to fruition. A project such as this that would create jobs in a high-tech industry is very welcome news! We look forward to learning more as details emerge and welcome the opportunity to work with state and local organizations and potentially a new employer to boost the Chautauqua County economy.

Chamber networking at the Reg Lenna Center Feb. 18

Put some fun into your mid-winter and get an up close and personal look at one of the architectural treasures of our region! Join your fellow Chamber of Commerce members for an Experience Chautauqua Networking Event at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 East Third Street, Jamestown. This event will be held Thursday, Feb. 18 from 5-6:30 p.m. ON THE STAGE at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. You will be networking with other Chamber members right on the stage as you get the performers' eye view of this beautifully restored historic theater. Theater tours will be available, along with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar, and remember to bring your business card to be entered for door prize drawings.

This extraordinary networking event is sponsored by the Observer, The Post-Journal, Star Media Group, and WJTN/SE-93/WKSN/WHUG/WQFX. The cost to attend is just $10 for pre-registered Chamber of Commerce members or $12 for non-registered members. To register, call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101, or sign up online at

'American Made Movie'

free showing tonight

In recognition of its 115th year of service to the community, The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier is pleased to be teaming up with Jamestown Community College and Dream It Do It Western New York to present a FREE public viewing of the inspirational documentary American Made Movie. The movie will be shown to the community at 7 p.m. tonight at the Scharmann Theatre in JCC's Arts & Sciences Building. "American Made Movie" is a documentary film examining the history and the future of manufacturing. American Made Movie shows the positive impact of domestic manufacturing jobs on national and local economies in the face of great challenges. Whether you are an entrepreneur, student, stay-at-home mom or a senior citizen, you have the power to transform America's future and be a part of the solution through thinking before buying and through the simple choices you make every day.

Mayville's Winter Festival right around the corner

The annual Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival is coming up Feb. 12-14 at Lakeside Park in Mayville and we hope you'll join in the fun! Each year, dozens of volunteers work to put on this huge winter event, filled with activities for the entire family. From music to food to games to fireworks, you are sure to find something to love about this festival! There will be food and craft vendors, horse drawn rides, Rainbow the Clown, a Lego Creation building contest, Chili Cook-off, and much more. Weather permitting, there will be snowmobile rides, a "Polar Plunge" to benefit the local food pantry, snowball distance throwing, a snowmobile flare parade, and a giant snow slide. The festival fireworks display is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. As with many large events there is always a need for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering give us a call at the Chamber office at 484-1101. If you want to know more about the event, check out their website at

Chamber & MAST

member survey soon

We invite our members to be on the lookout for a Chamber and MAST Member Survey, coming soon to a computer screen near you! Our organizations seek to conduct programs and services that are meaningful to our members and to our community. We want to make sure we are providing optimum customer service and adding value to our member businesses. To do that, we periodically survey our members to determine what you want from our organization. Within the next few weeks we will provide a link to an easy online-survey that will allow our members to tell us the types of initiatives and services that are a priority to their businesses. Thanks for your continued investment, and thanks in advance for your participation!



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