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7/17/2017 Chamber News
PGA Event Good for Our Economy

The Chautauqua Regional Economic Development Corporation, LECOM, Peek’n Peak, and all of the other sponsors of this great event are to be congratulated for working to produce the high successful 2017 LECOM Health Challenge! The efforts of so many to hold this PGA sanctioned tournament in Chautauqua County shines a spotlight on our entire region.  Thousands of people, many of whom have never visited our area before, came to watch this Tour event at Peek’n Peak, while hundreds of thousands more around the world watched live coverage on the Golf Channel, literally putting us in the living rooms of golf fans worldwide.

During our conversations with people at the Explore Chautauqua County tent, in conjunction with the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, we provided insights and information to new and returning visitors, and even to residents who may have never visited some of the tremendous attractions right here in our own backyard.  We proudly directed people, including the staff with the Golf Channel and many of the golfers and their families, to Bemus Point, Chautauqua Institution, Dunkirk, Fredonia, Jamestown, Sunset Bay, Westfield and numerous other points of interest.  We showed them how to find restaurants, fishing areas, shopping, entertainment, and places to stay when they return for longer stays.  That includes staff with the Golf Channel and many of the golfers and their families. 

One of our great local companies, Jamestown Mattress, was presented the first ever Small Business of the Tournament award by  Company president Jim Pullan Jr. accepted the award from sponsorships manager Hannah Hawkins. 

LECOM Health Challenge is an important event to our region bringing people and dollars into our economy and promoting Chautauqua County on the national and international stage. Again, thank you and congratulations to those who made for another great year of PGA golf in Chautauqua County.

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