Outstanding Recognition for Chautauqua by Smithsonian Magazine
Many of us who live here already know it and maybe even take it for granted: Chautauqua is a special place. Chautauqua, New York has just gained some spectacular national recognition that shows it off to the world. On its newly-released list of America's Best Small Towns to Visit, Smithsonian Magazine has ranked Chautauqua at number one.
In developing this list, now in its third year, Smithsonian notes that it has “singled out communities for particular strengths in history, music, visual arts, learning, food, theater and science. It's not solitude we're seeking—the fruits of human creativity are best shared—but, rather, enrichments unbothered by the growl of our increasingly urban lives.” Smithsonian used data from Esri, a geographical information systems company, to find towns of fewer than 15,000 residents that are rich in cultural opportunities per capita.
In her article for Smithsonian, international travel writer Susan Spano focuses on Chautauqua Institution and its extraordinary offering of summer programming and learning opportunities. But she also mentions its peaceful, rural setting alongside Chautauqua Lake and how the community, by its very nature, causes residents and visitors to slow the pace of their life in order to soak in the scenery and culture.
We are truly blessed that Chautauqua is both an integral part of our summer season in this county and also a year-round destination. It is an economic driver for much of our tourist trade, and this recognition by Smithsonian will certainly cause others nationally and internationally to sit up and take notice.
State Budget is Good for Business
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
New York State’s new budget provides some substantial tax relief which will be very good for business. Tax reform is always a top priority for the Chamber/MAST because it is at the heart of creating a better climate for business statewide and here in Chautauqua County.
The new 2014-15 State budget holds the growth in spending under two percent for the fourth year in a row, and also provides nearly $600-million in annual tax savings for business. The Business Council has called these broad-based tax reforms the “most significant New York has seen in decades.”
The budget reduces the corporate franchise tax to 6.5-percent, reforms bank and estate taxes, and adopts a 20 percent real property tax credit for manufacturers. Reforms to the estate tax law include increasing the exemption to match the federal exemption, which will eliminate estate tax liability for many small business and farm owners as well as homeowners. This is a tremendous improvement for small business and agribusiness owners who seek to maintain a family operation from one generation to the next.
The budget also includes funding for new economic development and infrastructure programs, as well as funding to support the tourism industry. Included are $150-million in capital funding and $70-million in Excelsior Job tax credits to be distributed through the regional Economic Development Councils and $680-million in capital commitments for the “Buffalo Billion” program. For marketing, the budget includes $50-million to continue the NY Open for Business marketing campaign, $5-million for competitive regional tourism marketing plans, and $1.1-million for Taste-NY to help market food and food products grown or made in New York.
On the education front, the State is committing $8-million to the New York State Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Incentive Program, a new financial assistance program for undergraduates matriculated in an approved undergraduate program leading to a career in STEM at a state public university. The measure would provide full scholarships to students who graduate in the top 10-percent of their high school class who commit to work in a STEM field in New York State for five years after college graduation.
We expect the significant tax reforms included will make New York more competitive for business growth, helping to promote private investment and create jobs statewide.
Chamber State Legislative Breakfast April 11
Each year the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce provides opportunities for its members to have a direct conversation with elected officials from each level of government. This year, the State Legislative Breakfast will be held this Friday, April 11 at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club, 433 East Terrace Avenue, Lakewood.
Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell will provide their insights about legislation in Albany, and be available for questions from the audience.
This event is sponsored by Chadwick Bay Broadcasting-WDOE/WBKX, DFT Communications, Double A Vineyards, Fredonia College Foundation, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown Mattress Company, KeyBank, Nestle Purina PetCare, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, Serta Mattress Company, SKF Aeroengine North America, WCA Hospital, and WJTN/WWSE/WKSN/WHUG/WQFX WJTN.
The cost to attend is just $18 per person. To register call the Chamber at 484-1101 or 366-6200 or register online.
Hanover Community Chamber Appreciation Luncheon April 30
The Hanover Community Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Member Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, April 30. The event will be held from 11:30am-1pm at the Colony Seafood and Steakhouse, 876 Main Road, Irving.
Kelly Borrello, Hanover Community Chamber President, will give a brief introduction and opening remarks. Silver Creek Mayor Nick Piccolo will discuss economic development in the village. Craig Colburn, Director of Member Development will talk about Why Training Frontline Employees Affects Every Aspect of Your Business; and Todd Tranum, President and CEO, will speak on the state of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce.
All Hanover Community Chamber members are welcome to attend. The cost of the lunch is $15, with a choice of either smoked roasted salmon or grilled chicken caprese. To make reservations please call 366-6200 or sign up online. Reservations are appreciated by April 20.
Experience Chautauqua Networking Event May 9
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce helps to create opportunities for business people to network and reach out to new customers and markets. The next Experience Chautauqua Networking Event will do just that on Friday, May 9 at Shawbucks Press Room in Jamestown. This event is being held as a preview to National Train Day festivities the following day at the historic Gateway Train State, right across the street.
Chamber members are welcome to attend this event, from 5:00-6:30pm, at the low pre-registered cost of just $10. It is sponsored by Blackstone NEY Ultrasonics, Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, Dahlstrom Roll Form, DFT Communications, Jamestown Jammers Baseball, KeyBank, the OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, UBS Financial Services, Univera Healthcare Southern Tier, VIE for Fitness, and WJTN/WWSE/WKSN/WHUG/WQFX.
Make your reservation online now or call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101.
Johnson Estate Winery Easter Open House
Johnson Estate Winery will hold its Easter Open House April 18 & 19 from 11am-6pm. This is a free event. Visit the winery on Friday and Saturday before Easter Sunday with those out-of-town friends and family members. Sample your favorite wines - and try some new ones. Taste food samples and pick up recipes to inspire your Easter entertaining! Johnson Estate Winery is on West Main Road (Route 20) in Westfield.
April is 9-1-1 Education Month
Since April is 9-1-1 Education Month, it is a great time to reach out to your community to educate them about Smart911 and 9-1-1 safety. Smart911 is a free service that allows citizens across the U.S. to create a Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 to have in the event of an emergency. Then, when anyone in that household dials 9-1-1 from a phone associated with their Safety Profile, their profile is immediately displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker providing additional information that can be used to facilitate the proper response to the proper location. At a time when seconds count, being able to provide 9-1-1 with all details that could impact response the second an emergency call is placed could be the difference between life and death. You can learn more or sign up online at http://www.smart911.com/.
Opera House to Present Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble
The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present the Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble in a special show called Incredible Feets! on Fri., Apr. 11, at 7:30 p.m. An exuberant fusion of live music, comedy, singing and a dazzling array of percussive dance forms rooted in different cultures, Incredible Feets! is a music and dance revue that celebrates the world of percussive dance.
This engaging show introduces the audience to traditional percussive dances from Ireland, England, South Africa, Canada and the American South as well as hamboning, hoofin’ and early jazz tap. With up to six dancers and three live musicians, this is an evening of high-energy fun and excitement!
Since 1979, Footworks has delighted audiences of all ages and cultures in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan and Finland. Footworks thrilled audiences as guest artists in the London run of Riverdance and was honored to be one of eight groups chosen to represent American culture in Japan on a tour with the Smithsonian Institution.
Considered pioneers in bringing traditional Americana music and percussive dance to the concert stage, Footworks has performed in such venues as the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and Wolftrap Farm Park for the Performing Arts. More recently, the company performed at Merlefest in North Carolina, created and performed a city-wide residency in Long Beach, CA, with the Smithsonian Institution, and performed at the Vail International Dance Festival in Colorado.
Founding Director Eileen Carson Schatz received a two-year National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Choreography Fellowship, and is the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, a Celebration of the Arts in Maryland Award and was named “Artist of the Year” by Young Audiences of Maryland.
Music Director Mark Schatz is a celebrated artist in Americana music, best known for his award-winning acoustic bass and claw hammer banjo playing. He has performed and recorded with such Grammy-winning artists as Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, Bela Fleck and Nickel Creek.
Tickets to Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble’s Incredible Feets! are $18 ($15 Opera House members) and may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. They also may be purchased online any time at www.fredopera.org. The performance is sponsored in part by The Happy Hoofers in memory of Kris Beal, and with support from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.
The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. A complete schedule of Opera House events is available at www.fredopera.org.
Photo Caption: An exuberant fusion of live music, comedy, singing and a dazzling array of percussive dance forms rooted in different cultures, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble’s Incredible Feets! will be presented at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Fri., Apr. 11, at 7:30 p.m.
Spring Term Underway at JBC
The spring term is underway at Jamestown Business College with a lot of excitement. Faculty and staff were on hand to greet new and continuing students as they registered for classes, visited the bookstore, and mingled with other students.
JBC President, David Conklin, said that he is looking forward to another successful term and is impressed with the energy the new students bring to campus.
“The start of a new term is always exciting at the college,” he said. “We were pleased to welcome both new and continuing students at both the Associate and Bachelor degree level.”
The next term at JBC begins in June.
Jamestown Business College offers business-focused Associate and Bachelor degrees and certificate programs that include targeted professional development activities. For more information on registering for these programs, call 664-5100 or visit us online at www.JamestownBusinessCollege.edu.
Photo Caption: JBC Admissions Associate, Emily Boskat, assists new student, Roshad, of Jamestown, as he registers for spring classes.
The Resource Center’s Manufacturing Division Achieves Certification to ISO 9001:2008 Standard
The Resource Center’s manufacturing division, a leading provider of military tactical gear, has been awarded certification to the ISO 9001:2008 standard by NSF International Strategic Registrations.
Attaining this high-level certification for the strength of its quality assurance system highlights The Resource Center's commitment to continually improving its operational performance and underscores its ability to meet customer needs.
"Having achieved certification to the ISO 9001:2008 standard, The Resource Center is able to validate the quality of our operational processes and the industrial sewing and assembly solutions we deliver to our customers," said Todd Frangione, quality manager of The Resource Center’s manufacturing division. "As the industrial sewing and assembly of tactical gear market becomes more competitive, this certification provides a significant differentiator that shows current and prospective customers alike our commitment to complying with the most rigid international standards for quality systems and effective operating procedures."
The Resource Center is dedicated to providing training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Employees are trained in industrial sewing and assembly of military tactical gear that gives the U.S. Department of Defense the highest-quality gear made in America. With an advanced industrial sewing capability and superior customer service delivered by experts who understand military markets, The Resource Center helps the U.S. military and other customers meet their unique needs. The ISO certification demonstrates The Resource Center’s ability to provide the highest level of quality for all of its existing and potential customers, both military and non-military. Headquartered in Jamestown, The Resource Center has a certified quality management system to ISO 9001:2008 that includes manufacturing sites in Dunkirk and Buffalo.
Established by the International Organization for Standardization, ISO 9001:2008 is a standard related to quality management systems designed to enable organizations to ensure they meet the needs of customers and other stakeholders, while complying with statutory and regulatory requirements. As the world's most recognizable quality management standard, the ISO 9001:2008 standard helps organizations increase the efficiency of their operations, realize cost savings and continually improve the quality of their products and services.
In receiving certification by NSF-ISR to the ISO 9001:2008 standard, The Resource Center is able to highlight its commitment to providing customers with the highest level of quality assurance for its industry-leading industrial sewing and tactical gear solutions. Moreover, the certification demonstrates the company's ability to deliver a well-defined quality management system that complies with the most stringent international standards. In addition, with certification to ISO 9001:2008, The Resource Center’s manufacturing division can ensure its operational performance meets customer needs while motivating and further engaging its employees with more efficient internal processes.
More information about TRC and its manufacturing operations can be accessed at www.resourcecenter.org or by phoning 483-2344.
Photo Caption: Holding a banner proclaiming The Resource Center’s ISO certification are, from left, Brenda Brown, industrial quality assurance technician; James Nunes, quality control inspector; Ashley Waid, materials planner; Todd Frangione, quality manager; Tom Petroff, production and facilities maintenance technician; Lilian Logan, industrial quality assurance technician; and Gregg Bender, director of business operations.