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10/16/2017 Chamber News
When a Community Believes, a Community Makes It Happen

The Chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet just over a week ago was once again a moment for each of us to take stock of our accomplishments, both in business and as citizens of Chautauqua County.  The stories of volunteer leadership throughout our county are heartwarming and inspiring, and the informative lessons from our business leadership are motivating. 

We extend sincere congratulations to a group of extraordinary people and organizations for taking the initiative and demonstrating the dedication to improve our communities.  They are Community Service Award recipients: the late Carol Kozlowski from Dunkirk; Todd Langworthy from Fredonia; Sue Briggs from Hanover; John Williams from Jamestown; the Manufacturers Club of Chautauqua Lake Central School from Mayville-Chautauqua; and Dr. Don and Marion Eno from Westfield-Barcelona. 

We also thank Economic Development Award honoree Fieldbrook Foods Corporation for their commitment to investing and growing their business here in Chautauqua County and to being an active and involved partner.  We appreciate their strong engagement with the community.
 
Kudos, once again, to our Person of the Year Bill Andrews, Managing Director/President & CEO of Monofrax LLC in Falconer. Since he arrived on the scene eighteen months ago Bill has been an agent of positive change within the Monofrax facility and within the community. He has helped organize Manufacturing Day tours, hosted hundreds of students and teachers from local schools, and has worked hard to promote STEM education in a variety of ways.

We must truly recognize that we are a blessed region that is making significant progress forward. It starts with great people and a belief in our community. Those who came before us believed in a better future, and we too must believe.  We must believe in the progress laid out before us:  the Northern Chautauqua Water District, Athenex, the repowering of NRG, the National Comedy Center, a more efficient government, a stronger educational system, a growing tourism sector, a strong manufacturing base and much more.  We must believe in ourselves, our capabilities, and our capacities.  It takes people to move a community forward, and we have amazing examples all around us.  Believe in yourselves, your businesses, and the people around you.  Together, we can achieve great things!

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