VOICE Newsletter

October 2015

Repower Dunkirk Rally October 17 at the Pier

Written by Todd J. Tranum, President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

Once again, Chautauqua County finds itself fighting to maintain the NRG power plant.  An issue that was believed to be settled well over a year ago has resurfaced due to a lawsuit which has almost nothing to do with our community, yet is threatening the existence of the NRG plant.  Converting the coal-fired plant to natural gas is important to our County, region and New York State.

The proposed investment by NRG and New York State would create and maintain jobs, improve air quality by reducing emissions, sustain a vital portion of the tax base in Dunkirk and countywide, and preserve power production in our region of New York State.

State Senator Cathy Young and other stakeholders are organizing yet another rally at the Dunkirk Pier in an effort to push this project through.  Maintaining the NRG plant remains the single largest economic development opportunity of our time in Chautauqua County.  We encourage everyone to attend this rally, which will be held at 10:30am, Saturday, October 17 at the Dunkirk Pier.  Join us there!

Celebrating Great Food in Chautauqua County

For the third year in a row, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is proud to present Restaurant Week, coming up October 19-25.  Our objective is to highlight a variety of local restaurants that offer something for every taste, and to encourage dining out to sample the range of culinary choices right here in our own county.  From steaks to sushi and pumpkin pasta to pizza, you are sure to find something to enjoy during Chautauqua County Restaurant Week.  With 36 restaurants taking part, you can sample different eateries for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, everywhere from Jamestown to Irving. 

Here is a list of participating restaurants by community:

Ashville:  Ashville General Store

Bemus Point:  Coppola’s Pizzaria

Celoron:  Main Landing Restaurant

Dunkirk:  Windjammer’s at the Clarion Hotel, Fireside Manor, Jenna’s 4th Street Café, Pizza Hut, Pizza Village

Dewittville:  Village Restaurant

Falconer:  Belle-View East

Fredonia:  Domus Fare, Fred’s Food Service, Squire’s Table at the White Inn

Greenhurst:  Coach’s Chatterbox, Steener’s Pub

Irving:  Colony Seafood & Steakhouse, Tom’s Family Restaurant

Jamestown:  Brazil Craft Beer and Wine Lounge, Brick City Market, Forte, Fresco Pizza & Wings, Gialy’s Restaurant, Harvest Time Café, Havana Cuban Café, Jones Valhalla, Landmark Restaurant, Pizza Hut, Shawbucks Press Room

Mayville:  Andriaccio’s Family Restaurant, Chautauqua Harbor House, J & B Mayville Diner, Lakeview Hotel and The Docks, Olive’s at Chautauqua Suites, Webb’s Captain’s Table

Westfield:  Jimmy’s Pizza, Parkview Café

Restaurant Week is sponsored by CHQ Local Food and Sam’s Club. 

We hope you’ll take a little time during Restaurant Week 2015 to enjoy some of our exceptional eateries.  Follow CHQ Restaurant Week on Facebook and Twitter for more information as the week draws closer.  Bring an appetite and enjoy!

Congratulations to All Award Winners!

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce holds a variety of events throughout the year, each designed to bring business people together in some way.  By far the largest annually is the Chamber Annual Awards Banquet, which was held October 8 at the Williams Center on the SUNY Fredonia campus.  More than 350 people attended from all over Chautauqua County.

The Person of the Year award for 2015 was presented to Journey Gunderson.  Each year this prestigious award goes to an individual who is recognized by the entire region for their outstanding achievements and contributions, either within the past year or through a lifetime of achievement.  Ms. Gunderson is Executive Director of the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy and the National Comedy Center and is receiving this award in recognition of her strong leadership and vision for the future of comedy in Chautauqua County. She has successfully worked with her staff, board, and volunteers to expand on the vision created by the late Lucille Ball to celebrate the comedic arts in Jamestown.

The Economic Development Award was presented jointly to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation.  Together, the two community foundations provided over $3.5-million in the past year in grants and scholarships to both local non-profit organizations and local students attending colleges and universities nationwide. 
Each Community Chamber also chooses a Community Service Award Winner. 

The Dunkirk Community Chamber has selected the Dunkirk High School Army Junior ROTC program for its Community Service Award.  Overseen by Sgt. First Class Frank Torain, the mission of the Dunkirk JROTC is to motivate young people to be better citizens.

The Fredonia Community Chamber chose the Fredonia Beaver Club for its continuous presence and support of the region including creation of a scholarship fund for a Fredonia Central School senior, sponsorship of Little League teams, charitable golf tournaments, assisting local law enforcement with equipment purchases, and more. 

A retired school teacher and principal, and an entrepreneur, Estelle Crino was selected for the Hanover Community Chamber award for her participation in a variety of organizations including the Chamber, the Lakeshore Chapter of NYS Women, Inc., Board of Assessment Review, and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Silver Creek. 

The Jamestown Community Chamber chose George Panebianco for its Community Service Award.  The President of Lewis & Lewis, he is a former and well-respected City Court Judge in Jamestown who is actively involved as a volunteer for youth baseball and the National Comedy Center. 

The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber has chosen Ken Shearer to honor his many years of service and dedication to the promotion of business and tourism. Ken and his wife are co-owners of Chautauqua Marina and he has served the community and county chambers as President and has been Treasurer of the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau. 

The Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber is presenting its Community Service Award to Jack and Kathie Horst, volunteers for many organizations including Westfield Memorial Hospital, the Patterson Library, the Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue, the Stray Cat Rescue, and the McClurg Mansion and County Historical Society.

The banquet was sponsored by DFT Communications, Lawley Insurance, NRG Dunkirk Power, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, and Star Media.

Chamber Offers More Health Insurance Plans than Ever Before

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is now able to offer additional health insurance products through its private Bright Choices Insurance Exchange.  Since its inception, the Bright Choices Exchange has offered a variety of Univera health insurance products.  Now, in addition to Univera, plans from Independent Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield will be available as well.  The Bright Choices exchange will include multiple plans through each provider, in addition to its other offerings for dental and vision insurance and other ancillary products.  This expanded private exchange means a number of direct benefits for Chamber members, including access to more plans than ever before, competitive rate options as well as access to plans that include national in-network coverage. The Chamber can provide a personal consultation to each group as well as sole proprietors.

The Chamber’s goal is to help businesses select the most cost-effective plans to meet their health insurance needs.  In addition to being able to provide plans through the private insurance exchange, the Chamber has access to over 100 major medical plan offerings through the New York State of Health Exchange.  For more information or to schedule an appointment with our licensed broker, Craig Colburn, call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101.

November-Fest is November 17 at Southern Tier Brewery

Join your fellow Chamber members for this ever popular networking event at the award-winning Southern Tier Brewing Company!  We invite you to join us to learn why the Southern Tier Brewing Company remains one of the fastest growing businesses in Chautauqua County.  Because this event fills up quickly, we encourage you to sign up soon.  You can register online at www.chautauquachamber.org or call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101.  The cost is just $10 to cover October-fest inspired appetizers.  There is a cash bar with delicious Southern Tier brews on tap. 

Be sure to bring your business card to enter the door prize drawings, and come prepared to network and build your business.  This networking event will be held Tuesday, November 17 and is sponsored by Affinity One Federal Credit Union, Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, Community Bank, DFT Communications, KeyBank, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, Star Media Graphics, and WJTN/WWSE/WKSN/WHUG/WQFX.



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