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Business Council Brings Legislative Agenda to Chautauqua County Feb. 22
By Todd Tranum, President/CEO
The Business Council of New York State offers regional briefings each year on the Executive Budget, and this year will be hosting a session in Chautauqua County.
The leading business organization in New York State, the Business Council represents the interests of large and small firms. Its membership includes thousands of companies, chambers of commerce, and professional and trade associations. The organization's main function is to serve as an advocate for employers in the state political and policy-making arena, working for a healthier business climate, economic growth, and jobs.
The Business Council's advocacy agenda for 2013 includes proactive initiatives intended to improve the state's business climate and promote new private sector investment and job creation. Key topics being addressed are mandate relief, economic development, energy, health insurance, and more. Read the full article...
Lucy Town Run Holds Great Potential
Congratulations to Chautauqua Striders, the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, and the Lucy-Desi Center for comedy as they prepare to host the inaugural Lucy Town Half Marathon and 5K Run this coming fall. Over 400 runners and their families are expected to participate in the Columbus Day Weekend event.
The weekend will include a 5K run, a sports expo, and a night of comedy. It will culminate with a 13.1 mile half marathon run October 13. The USATF certified course will begin and end in Jamestown and run through Lakewood and Celoron, traveling near the childhood home of Lucille Ball and Lucille Ball Memorial Park. Univera Healthcare is sponsoring the weekend events.
This creative and collaborative fundraising event will benefit the important missions of the organizations involved as well as bring a significant number of runners and their families to the community where they will spend time visiting our attractions, staying in our hotels and supporting our local economy.
For more information or to register or volunteer, visit www.lucyrace.com.
Jamestown Salute to the Finest Feb. 12
The Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce will present a number of awards to local businesses during its annual Salute to the Finest on Tuesday, February 12. The award winners are: Manufacturer of the Year - Hope's Windows, Inc.; Retailer of the Year - Jamestown Mattress Company; Community Service Award - John Bauer; Pride of Jamestown Award - Gateway Station; Business of the Year - Robo Enterprises, Inc.; Service to Humanity Award - Eastside YMCA; New Business of the Year - Patient's Pharmacy.
The event begins at 5:30pm at the Lillian V. Ney Renaissance Center, 19 West Third Street. The cost is $20 for a heavy hors d'oeuvre buffet with a cash bar. You can register through the events calendar at www.chautauquachamber.org or by calling the Chamber at 484-1101. Register now.
Winter Festival Calendar Now Online Once again, a full slate of winter events is being planned for the Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival in Mayville - one of the largest winter festivals in the region - which is organized annually by the Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce.
The lineup includes snowmobile rides, a flare parade, fireworks, kids' corner crafts, chili cook-off, kids snow slides, snowball distance throwing contest, snowman/animal making contest, ice carving, broomball, snowshoe demonstrations, a polar bear swim, presidential costumer contest, a snowball dance, and lighting of the ice castle. Many of these events will be held weather permitting.
Major sponsors of the Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival are: Media One Group, Town of Chautauqua, Clark Patterson Lee Architectural Engineering Firm/Habiterra, Operating Engineers Local 17- Apprenticeship Program, Felony Entertainment LLC, Chautauqua Suites-Olives Restaurant-Bellini Lounge, Lakeview Hotel/The Docks Restaurant, and Chautauqua Marina. Platinum Sponsors are: M & T Bank Mayville Branch, Webb's Captain's Table Restaurant and The Cottage Collection, and Lictus Keystone.
A free energy seminar and lunch for business, not-for-profit and multifamily buildings will be held at the Robert H. Jackson Center, 305 East Fourth Street, Jamestown from 11:30am-1:30pm on February 28. The program is designed to help businesses and others learn about reducing utility costs as well as incentives to improve energy efficiency, free energy audits, and how to access low interest financing.
This event is sponsored by: Chautauqua County, County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Association, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Development Center, Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, America's Natural Gas Alliance, Lime Energy, Piping & Service Industry Coalition, National Fuel, NYSERDA, and CNG for Upstate NY.
You can register online at www.renewchautauquacounty.org or call 1-866-495-2959.
We were considering a home purchase in the Chautauqua Lake area and had a handful of homes that we wished to see. Richard had previously set up a search protocol for us. He arranged to meet with us on a Saturday (we are out of state) to review our search criteria and time line as well as visit the homes on our list. We were able to narrow our focus and will seriously pursue the search later this year with his assistance.Karen Weikart