Date ArticleType
1/29/2018 Chamber News
A City on the Rebound

Small Cities are an important component of the fabric of our society. Cities present a sense of community, they are commercial hubs, they are cultural centers and for many they are a place to live. The City of Dunkirk has certainly had its share of challenges over the past several decades. However there is a renewed spirit in the City of Dunkirk. The leadership of Mayor Rosas, an energetic and visionary development team, private sector investments, energized community leaders along with investments from New York State have created momentum.

There is a renewed enthusiasm in Western New York. Regional collaboration, improved planning, public investments such as the Buffalo Billion, private sector investments, hard work and yes the Bills returning to the playoffs after a too long hiatus, are  all ingredients of a major regional turnaround.

Last week Mayor Rosas presented the State of the City address to a packed City Council Chambers that included a wide variety of community stakeholders. There is no doubt that there is optimism, a direction and clear progress occurring in the City of Dunkirk.  Private investments such as those made by Fieldbrook Foods and public-private partnerships such as the repowering of NRG and Athenex and emerging plans to leverage the beauty of the Lake Erie shoreline, are putting wind behind the sails of the City of Dunkirk and greater Dunkirk area.

The Dunkirk community has confidence in its Mayor and his team. His ability to bring people together to address the City’s most pressing issues and collaborate with community organizations has brought a diversity of voices to the discussion. In challenging fiscal times for New York’s small cities it is notable that Dunkirk closes out the 2017 fiscal year with a budget surplus of $1.3-milllion. As health insurance costs for most public and private organizations are on the rise The City of Dunkirk experienced a $125,000 reduction in costs in its health care expenses and a projects a $300,000 savings over the next two years. This is the result of the City of Dunkirk entering a labor-management health care fund administrated by Lawley Benefits Group. The City has worked collaboratively with the Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation and Southern Tier Environments for Living to address housing opportunities in the community. Dunkirk with the leadership of Mayor Rosa has leveraged the capacity of the city’s water system to anchor the construction of a regional water system to help surrounding community’s access reliable and safe water. These and many other positive steps forward in Dunkirk foster interest from private investors and are very encouraging to the business community.

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