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Cuomo announcement brings new manufacturing jobs to area

February 18, 2016
By Todd J. Tranum - President & CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southe , Westfield Republican

We are a region blessed with a diverse manufacturing base. We have a long history of making things in Chautauqua County. Building on that tradition, Governor Cuomo has brought forth a project that will have the residents of our great county manufacturing drugs that help in the fight against cancer. Governor Cuomo has brought a welcomed economic game changer to Chautauqua County in the form of a high tech pharmaceutical manufacturing firm to Dunkirk. This project will have a positive effect on the entire region. Athenex, a worldwide manufacturer of drugs used to treat cancer, will build a 300,000 square foot plant and will hire 900 people in Chautauqua County! This is an extraordinary development!

Chautauqua County has been watching with excitement the rebirth of Buffalo. This is a rebirth has been spurred by a strong collective vision backed by investment through the Buffalo Billion program designated by the Governor several years ago as well as significant private investment. The investments in Buffalo have been good for the entire region. These investments have also changed the attitude of a region that has had its share of economic challenges. We are catching our stride and there is a greater sense of hope and optimism throughout the region. The Governor's laser focus on the Western New York economy and a tail wind of positive momentum will now bring new high tech manufacturing jobs directly into the Dunkirk community.

Dr. Johnson Lau, Athenex Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman, said the Governor's "bold agenda" combined with his "human side, touched by the impact of cancer in his own family," was a powerful combination of forces that drew his company to Western New York. Athenex will have its American headquarters in the new Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, created through the Buffalo Billion. That facility will create 500 jobs, while the manufacturing plant in Dunkirk will create another 900 jobs. That's a total of 1,400 jobs for what the Governor admitted was a formerly largely forgotten corner of New York State.

Created in partnership with SUNY Polytechnic Institute, the Athenex facility will produce what is being described as some of the most advanced cancer medications anywhere in the world. Not only is this a job development initiative, it is also a potential life-saver for hundreds of thousands of cancer patients.

The company will invest $1.6-billion into the Western New York development, and the Governor has committed $200-million in state funding to match the private investment. Both Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell have pledged to do all they can to usher that budget item through to completion this spring, and the Governor said he will not sign a budget bill that does not contain the $200-million allocation.

Senator Young was concise and delighted when she called the announcement a "new dawn in Dunkirk and Chautauqua County." We could not agree more. Our heartfelt thanks go out from the entire business community to everyone who worked hard to make this project a reality, including Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas, County Executive Vince Horrigan, Kevin Sanvidge and the team at the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, Assemblyman Goodell, Senator Young, Congressman Tom Reed, Howard Zemsky and the Empire State Development team, Dr. Lau, Dr. Alain Kaloyeros the President and CEO of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Governor Cuomo.

Chamber networking on stage at the Reg Lenna today

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 today 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 www.chautauquachamber.org/events.

Chamber/MAST offices make temporary move

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and MAST offices have temporarily moved into the Annex Building at Jamestown Community College in Jamestown. The move is due to reconstruction and expansion of the MTI@JCC building. The Chamber/MAST offices will be located for the next several months in these temporary quarters. The JCC Annex is the former elementary school between Second and Falconer Streets, with parking access off Falconer across from Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park. Visitors to our office are encouraged to use the parking lot off Falconer Street and the building entrance off Falconer nearest to Curtis. The ramp from the parking lot will accommodate visitors who need handicapped access. Chamber and MAST signs will be posted so that visitors can easily find our offices in the temporary space.

We are very fortunate to be co-located with Jamestown Community College both in Jamestown and in Dunkirk. These office locations have allowed us to develop a genuine partnership with a fine educational institution and that has been beneficial to both our organization and theirs as we work together on a variety of issues including workforce development, technology training, and student recruitment into classes offered through MTI@JCC. We look forward to the expansion of the MTI@JCC building and are excited to be part of the planning process with JCC as this new space comes together. We thank the entire staff at JCC for assisting us with this temporary move.

Our phone number at the Jamestown office remains the same at (716) 484-1101 and our mailing address remains 512 Falconer Street. The Dunkirk location is not affected by the move and will remain at the JCC North County Training Center.

 
 
 

 

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