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Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau

On behalf of the Chautauqua County Legislature and residents of Chautauqua County, welcome! I am a lifelong resident of Chautauqua County, and I can’t think of a better place to live, play and raise a family. There is so much that Chautauqua County has to offer, and we are excited to have you here with us.

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Facts at a Glance Overview Economic Development Projects Major Employers Economic Development Resources Lifestyles Transportation Utilities Education

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Produced and Published by American Images Publishing 1-800-807-6555 Publisher David J. Wayman Project Manager Victor Kuehn Writer Betsy Scott Design & Production Janet Coyne

Cover photography: Lake, Chautauqua Institution & Wine Trail photos courtesy of Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau Marketing Analysis photo - iStock © 2009, American Images Publishing. All rights reserved. Every precaution has been taken to assure the accuracy of the information included in this guide. However, due to the scope of the project and the number of different sources consulted, neither the writer, editor, publisher, sponsoring agency, or advertisers can be held liable for damages arising out of errors or omissions.

Many visitors to the area have become part- or full-time residents. Our area is perfect for a second home, a retirement getaway, or a complete relocation. A unique blend of beautiful natural settings and enriching cultural activity make the Chautauqua experience one that many people want to make permanent. A variety of lakefront, resort, village, small-city or rural settings are available for future residents. The area offers a sophisticated real estate search service through the Chautauqua Board of Realtors. If you are in need of businesses services, the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency should be your first stop. The CCIDA and its many partners provide support and assistance for enterprises of all shapes and sizes. Chautauqua Works provides one-stop service for employers seeking workforce development and employees seeking training and placement. While you are here in Chautauqua County, I encourage you to visit any number of the wonderful attractions we have to offer. From Midway Park to Panama Rocks, from Dunkirk to Jamestown, there are all kinds of things to see and do. In addition, we have several lakes and streams to explore, including Chautauqua Lake, Lake Erie and Cassadaga Lakes. Please check out our Chautauqua County Travel Guide, available at a number of locations around the County, to find out more. An online version is also available through The “Future is Bright” in Chautauqua County, and I along with the legislature continue to work together to make the County the best that it can be. I encourage you to come and see for yourself the many things we have to offer! Sincerely,

Gregory J. Edwards Chautauqua County Executive Chautauqua County, New York


Facts at a Glance Government


County Seat Mayville, NY County Land Area 1,062 square miles Persons Per Square Mile 131.6 Total population 135,000 Median Age of Resident 37.9 years Size of Labor Force 66,898 Mean travel time to work (minutes) 18.4 Total Households 54,515 Average Family Size 2.45 Housing units 65,726 Homeownership rate 69.2% Median value of owner-occupied housing units $64,000 Median household income $38,926

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Grace Bedell Convinced Abraham Lincoln to grow his beard William B. Cushing Civil War hero

Spring: Fishing, biking, hiking, kayaking, birding, rowing

Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson Chief prosecutor of the Nazi war criminal trials at Nuremburg

Summer: Golfing, flying, biking, hiking, beaches, swimming, boating & water sports Fall: Camping, hunting, horseback riding, fall foliage & grape harvest

George Pullman Designed first sleeper car for trains Roger Tory Peterson Revered naturalist The Welch family Welch’s grape juice

Winter: Downhill & cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice fishing

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Lucille Ball Beloved television entertainer

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Famous Residents


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Overview Positioned as New York State’s ”Western Gateway,” Chautauqua County is literally at the center of it all — about halfway between New York City and Chicago, Ill. Its accessibility is a boon to any business in need of major thoroughfares and a wealth of transportation options, from roads to rails to runways. Chautauqua Institution Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. © 2009 Phillips Lytle LLP

ut that’s only the beginning. A case could be made for Chautauqua County as the “World’s Learning Center” as well, from the Chautauqua Institution, well-known for its lively lecture series presenting outstanding speakers (including several past U.S. Presidents); to Jamestown Community College, a comprehensive, regional, open-access student-centered institution; to the State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia, consistently ranked as one of the finest public universities in the North.




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Chautauqua County may also be considered a “Manufacturing Center” with numerous large industrial companies, including: Bush Industries; Cummins, Inc.; ECR International, Inc.; Hope’s Windows; RHI Monofrax; SKF Aeroengine; Special Metals; and TitanX. The county also is home to many food-processing companies, such as Welch’s brand owner Growers Cooperative Grape Juice Company, the National Grape Cooperative, and major employers Cliffstar Corporation, Fieldbrook Foods, Nestle Purina PetCare Company and The Carriage House Companies, Inc.

WCA Hospital is a key component of the skilled health care community in Chautauqua County.

Chautauqua County is a center for agriculture, ranking 1st in New York State for number of farms. As the heart of the world’s oldest and largest Concord grape growing region, Chautauqua County is also a center of agriculture and tourism. The county ranks first in the state for number of farms. With 229 dairy farms, Chautauqua has the fifth- largest dairy farm industry in New York State. Rich in maple syrup production, Chautauqua has more than 47,000 maple syrup taps. In addition, 30,000 acres of vineyards

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provide a bountiful harvest supplying the 21 wineries of the ChautauquaLake Erie Wine Trail. Twenty scenic golf courses, multiple woodland parks and trails spanning hundreds of miles offer recreational opportunities for golfing, camping, hunting, horseback riding, hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in the county. These are in addition to the concentration of arts and cultural venues, as well as various water-themed pastimes available along the county’s 50-mile Lake Erie Shoreline and six inland lakes — Chautauqua Lake being the largest in Western New York. Residents and visitors to Chautauqua County are always within 25 miles of open water. Chautauqua County also has more than its fair share of prominent historical citizens, the most widely known being Lucille Ball of the “I Love Lucy” TV show. Others include Civil War hero William B. Cushing, Robert H. Jackson (chief prosecutor of the Nazi war criminal trials at Nuremburg) and revered naturalist Roger Tory Peterson, to name just a few. Chautauqua County economic development projects abound in many sectors, from industrial to energy. One example is the Ripley, N.Y., Development Site, a prime 140-acre development property being prepared for a light manufacturing, assembly or warehouse/distribution center.


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Major assets that attract interest in Chautauqua County are its excellent transportation infrastructure, low cost of doing business, well-educated workforce, low cost of leasing and building, and cost-competitive utilities.

As a learning center, a manufacturing and food processing center, an agricultural and tourism center, and an outdoor recreation center located mid-way between New York City and Chicago, Chautauqua County is a costcompetitive business center providing a high quality of life for employers and employees alike!

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This former farmland is eligible for substantial economic development incentives.


The Nestle Purina PetCare Company continues to grow its pet food manufacturing operation through a recent 200,000-square-foot warehouse expansion. Another major investment in economic growth underway is the creation of a new multi-million-dollar Grape Discovery Center, anticipated to draw thousands of tourists to the county each year. With regard to energy-related projects, Chautauqua County is anticipating several large commercial wind energy developments. Through use of the Chautauqua County Landfill, the county is poised to be the first in New York State to own and operate a methane gas-to-electric energy generation facility, which will generate 6.4 megawatts of electricity, to be sold on the open market. In partnership with state, municipal, local and workforce development agencies, the major county economic development resources are the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) and the Chautauqua County Department of Planning & Economic Development.







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Economic Development Projects Chautauqua County is home to a wide variety of industries contributing to its local economy. There are significant economic development projects in virtually every sector, from manufacturing and infrastructure to tourism, agriculture and energy.

Manufacturing ipley, N.Y., Development Site — This prime 140-acre flat development property is located virtually midway between Chicago and New York City, within 50 miles of the Buffalo, U.S./Canadian border and 15 minutes from Erie, Pa. With high visibility, frontage on Interstate 90, and a location less than one


Cummins, Inc., Jamestown Courtesy of CCIDA

mile from U.S. Routes 5 & 20, this site is being “groomed” for a future light manufacturing, assembly or warehouse/distribution center. The former farmland is eligible for substantial economic development incentives. Nestle Purina PetCare Company — A 200,000-square-foot warehouse expansion was completed in 2007 at the Dunkirk operation with the help of $1.7 million in Empire State Development Corporation funding, a $750,000 New York State Governor’s Office of Small Cities Grant, and $300,000 in National Grid Infrastructure and National Fuel Gas Company assistance. Cummins, Inc. — The company’s Jamestown Engine Plant recently celebrated the production of its 1 millionth engine. Cummins is the largest private employer in Chautauqua County and further expansion is planned to create additional manufacturing capacity at the plant. NRG Energy, Inc. — In 2008, the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency granted financial assistance to NRG Energy, Inc. related to a $170 million capital investment in pollution control upgrades at its Dunkirk station. SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator — In partnership with the City of Dunkirk and Chautauqua County, SUNY Fredonia obtained significant funding from New York State and others to build and operate a $5 million, world-class technology business incubator in the City of Dunkirk.


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Agriculture & Tourism

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Grape Belt Heritage Association, the attraction is anticipated to draw thousands of tourists to Chautauqua County annually.

Chautauqua Institution — This primary tourism destination in the county, received loan assistance in 2009 through the CCIDA to renovate the famous Athenaeum Hotel.


The Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena — This is a multi-purpose arena in Jamestown, N.Y. hosting local sporting events and concerts. A recipient of more than $21 million in CCIDA Civic Facility Bond assistance at its inception, the arena announced in 2008 that it had been awarded a grant from New York State to reconfigure its lobby area and make it more accessible to guests.

Chautauqua Energy Conference — The county is host to an annual Energy Conference & Expo that provides the latest information to residential, industrial and commercial users about technological breakthroughs, energy conservation, alternative energy sources, state and federal assistance programs, oil and gas exploration, climate change, carbon storage, and legal and financial issues related to energy use.

Grape Discovery Center — Plans are underway for the creation of a multi-million-dollar Grape Discovery Center on U.S. Route 20 in the Town of Westfield. This major investment in economic growth will feature educational and interactive exhibits showcasing the county’s grape and wine industries. Spearheaded by the Concord

Wind Energy Developments — Several large commercial wind energy developments are anticipated in the towns of Arkwright, Pomfret, Hanover, Villenova, Ripley and Westfield. Chautauqua County Methane-toElectric Project — Using the Chautauqua County Landfill, the county

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is poised to be the first in New York State to own and operate a methane gas-to-electric energy generation facility. Once completed, the facility will generate 6.4 megawatts of electricity that will be sold on the open market. At full capacity it is expected to produce $2 million in profits annually, reducing property taxes to county residents. Carbon Sequestration – Carbon Dioxide Capture and Sequestration

Major Employers

Top Industrial Employers in Chautauqua County

Bush Industries

Jamestown, NY

Furniture Manufacturer

Cliffstar Corporation

Dunkirk, NY

Food Processor

Cummins, Inc.

Ashville, NY

Engine Manufacturer

Fieldbrook Foods

Dunkirk, NY

Food Processor

Hope’s Windows, Inc.

Jamestown, NY

Window & Door Manufacturer

Nestle Purina Pet Care Company

Dunkirk, NY

Pet Food Processor

RHI Monofrax

Falconer, NY

Refractory Manufacturer

SKF Aeroengine

Falconer, NY

Bearing Manufacturer

The Carriage House Companies, Inc.

Fredonia, NY

Food Processor


Jamestown, NY

Engine Cooling Manufacturer Source: CCIDA, 2009

(CCS) is cutting-edge technology that allows for a coal power plant’s carbon dioxide (CO2) by-product to be collected, compressed into a liquid-type substance and piped more than one mile underground. The method prevents release of carbon dioxide into the air.

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The Jamestown BPU Oxy-Coal Project would be the first of its kind in the world to serve as a demonstration facility for a promising new technology that captures CO2 and sequesters it underground for permanent storage. This research holds the potential to give New York firms the ability to launch exports of advanced coal technology to the rest of the world.


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Millennium Parkway — To be located in Dunkirk, N.Y., this roadway project will improve tractor-trailer traffic access from Interstate 90, U.S. Routes 5 & 20, and State Route 60 to the City of Dunkirk, Town of Dunkirk and Town of Sheridan industrial corridor. The new connection will enhance the redevelopment of the brownfield site it passes through. Broadband Fiber-Optic Networks Initiative — Plans for completion of a major broadband fiber-optic network spanning Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties will complete the final segment of a fiber-optic loop, creating needed diversity of a redundancy for businesses throughout Chautauqua County. In addition, fiber-optic cable is being mapped throughout the county to further enhance commercial and residential communication.

Economic Development Resources For expert business development, expansion and/or relocation assistance, one need look no further than the local and state economic development resources available in Chautauqua County.

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County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) South County – Jamestown 200 Harrison St., Jamestown, NY 14701 North County – Dunkirk 338 Central Ave., Suite 220 Dunkirk, NY 14048 (716) 661-8900, Fax (716) 664-4515 Since its inception more than 35 years ago, the primary objective of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency has been to position the county as a world-class business environment offering an exceptional living experience. Together with the Chautauqua County Department of Planning & Economic Development and two New York State Empire Zones, the CCIDA is the principal force attracting new business and industry to the area, and the “partner” whose support is relied upon by existing companies. Among its more traditional services, the CCIDA helps businesses secure financial assistance, provides business advocacy services and develops both infrastructure and industrial parks — all of which enhance the county’s economic picture. Results of these efforts include increased employment, a greater infusion of capital into the local economy and an improved quality of life.

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Chautauqua County Department of Planning & Economic Development 200 Harrison St., Jamestown, NY 14701 (716) 661-8900, Fax (716) 664-4515

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The Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development supports the intelligent and responsible allocation of resources, the promotion of sound growth, the protection and enhancement of the environment and the assurance of a high quality of life for all Chautauqua County residents. The department provides land use development and environmental planning assistance; gathers, compiles, analyzes and disseminates information; Geographic Information Systems (GIS); facilitates and assists with the planning process among county departments and with outside entities; reviews municipal referrals (local laws, zoning, comprehensive plans, special use permits, etc.); implements programs that address issues faced by county residents and visitors; works with economic development agencies; coordinates watersheds; and provides staff and assistance for the County Planning Board (Capital Projects), the Environmental Management Council, Snowmobile Federations, Agriculture & Farmland Protection Board, and Ag Districts.

Empire State Development Corporation

profitably in the domestic and international marketplace.

Western New York Region 95 Perry St., Suite 500 Buffalo, NY 14203 (716) 846-8200, Fax (716) 846-8260

ESD’s Empire Zone program was created to stimulate economic growth through a variety of state tax incentives. They include: Wage Tax Credit; Investment Tax Credit; Zone Capital Credits; NYS Sales Tax Refund; and enhanced benefits for Qualified Empire Zone Enterprises (QEZEs), including Sales Tax Exemptions, the Real Property Tax Credit and the Tax Reduction Credit. Under current legislation, the Empire Zone program is scheduled to “sunset” in June 2010. New economic incentive programs are currently being developed.

Satellite Office 6087 State Route 19N Belmont, NY 14813 (585) 268-7472, Fax (585) 268-7473 Cell: (716) 998-5041 The Empire State Development Corporation is New York State’s lead economic development agency and is supported by a network of 18 ESD locations throughout the state and around the world. The organization helps businesses start up a company, relocate to or establish a presence in the state, expand existing operations, retain and enlarge their work force, and compete more effectively and

Other Economic Development Agencies Serving Chautauqua County:

Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier North County – Dunkirk 10785 Bennett Rd. Dunkirk, NY 14048 (716) 366-6200, Fax (716) 366-4276 South County – Jamestown 101 W. Fifth St. Jamestown, NY 14701 (716) 484-1101, Fax (716) 487-0785

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P.O. Box 1441 Chautauqua Main Gate, Route 394 Chautauqua, NY 14722 (866) 908-4569, Fax (716) 357-2284

Chautauqua Opportunities for Development, Inc. North County – Dunkirk 17 W. Courtney St. Dunkirk, NY 14048 (716) 363-6364, Fax (716) 366-7366 South County – Jamestown 402 Chandler St. Jamestown, NY 14701 (716) 661-9430, Fax (716) 661-9436

Chautauqua Works/Workforce Investment Board (WIB)

Greater Jamestown Empire Zone

North County — Dunkirk 323 Central Ave. Dunkirk, NY 14048 (716) 366-9015; (877) 424-9031 Fax (716) 366-2118

Municipal Building, 200 E. Third St. Jamestown, NY 14701 (716) 483-7773, Fax (716) 483-7770

South County — Jamestown 23 E. Third St. Jamestown, NY 14701 (716) 661-9553; (877) 424-9031 Fax (716) 664-9184 TDD/TTY (716) 487-5117

Jamestown Renaissance Corporation 19 W. Third St. Jamestown, NY 14701 (716) 664-2477, Fax (716) 483-6175

NYS Small Business Development Center at Jamestown Community College 525 Falconer St. Jamestown, NY 14702 (716) 338-1024, Fax (716) 338-1476

SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator 214 Central Ave. Dunkirk, NY 14048 (716) 363-6430, Fax (716) 363-6445

City of Dunkirk Department of Planning and Development

Manufacturing Technology Institute

Westfield Development Corporation

342 Central Ave. Dunkirk, NY 14048 (716) 366-9876, Fax (716) 363-6460

512 Falconer St. Jamestown, NY 14701 (716) 483-1833, Fax (716) 487-9599

71 E. Main St. Westfield, NY 14787 (716) 326-2200 Cell: (716) 969-3413

City of Jamestown Department of Development 200 E. Third St., City Hall Jamestown, NY 14701 (716) 483-7541, Fax (716) 483-7772

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Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation 19 W. Third St. Westfield, NY 14701 (716) 664-2477, Fax (716) 483-6175


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Dunkirk Local Development Corporation 338 Central Ave., Suite 210 Dunkirk, NY 14048 (716) 366-9877, Fax (716) 363-6460

Dunkirk Sheridan Empire Zone 338 Central Ave., Suite 210 Dunkirk, NY 14048 (716) 366-2334, Fax (716) 363-6460


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Lifestyles Chautauqua County is the perfect destination for year-round indoor and outdoor activities. From summer fun at one of its six lakes or 20-plus golf courses, to a winter getaway at a ski resort, recreational opportunities abound. Wine enthusiasts enjoy exploring Chautauqua’s signature boutique wineries within this Concord grape growing region, also known as “America’s Grape Country.” Rich in cultural and historical attractions, the county also is home to the world-renowned Chautauqua Institution.

Lakes, Parks and Recreation nce in Chautauqua County, one is never more than 25 miles from open water. With approximately 50 miles of Lake Erie shoreline, there is ample opportunity for boating, sailing, swimming, rowing, kayaking and more. Located in the “snow belt,” winter ice fishing is also a popular sport. In the spring and


fall, numerous creeks and tributaries — known as “Steelhead Alley” — provide a favored place for fishing and fly-fishing. Situated in the center of the county is Chautauqua Lake — the largest inland lake in Western New York and 17.5 miles long. At 1,308 feet above sea level, Chautauqua Lake is famed as being one of the highest navigable

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bodies of water in North America. Other notable bodies of water include Findley Lake 20 miles to the southwest, along with Bear Lake and the two Cassadaga Lakes to the north of Chautauqua Lake. Scenic woodland parks, miles of trails, and an average annual snowfall of 200 inches attracts outdoor enthusiasts year-round for camping, hunting, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, canoeing and more. Trails abound in Chautauqua. The Chautauqua Rails-to-Trails organization owns and manages about 35 miles of multi-purpose recreational trails on abandoned railroad corridors, providing bicyclists, hikers, runners, equestrians, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers with public trails on which to enjoy their sports in season. Another 115 miles of trails for various activities are located throughout the county along with 400 miles of groomed snowmobile trails for wintertime usage.

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Along the Eastside Overland Trail, the Boutwell State Wildlife Area offers snowmobile and dedicated horsebackriding trails as well as hiking and mountain-biking trails.

Webb’s Captain’s Table Restaurant— This year-round resort on beautiful Chautauqua Lake features restaurant, wedding, banquet and meeting facilities with a full-service bar and entertainment, as well as an on-site gift shop and their own signature Webb’s Candies boutique.

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Peek’n Peak Resort & Spa

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Golf, Skiing, Boating & Biking are just a few of the many outdoor activities in scenic Chautauqua County.

Other Attractions: Chautauqua Institution — Chautauqua’s premier lakeside learning destination for 136 years, the worldrenowned Chautauqua Institution offers fine and performing arts, music, classes, lectures and ecumenical worship services in a community of growth and renewal. Step back in time at this National Historic District with Victorian homes, amphitheaters, recreational facilities and grand hotels — including the famous Athenaeum Hotel — overlooking picturesque Chautauqua Lake. Chautauqua Suites Meeting & Expo Center — Overlooking Chautauqua Lake, the all-suites hotel and conference center features banquet and meeting facilities with capacities for more than 1,000 people. Clarion Hotel & Conference Center — Located on the Dunkirk harborfront, this year-round destination offers wonderful views overlooking Lake Erie in close proximity to shopping and entertainment. Cockaigne Ski Resort — Cherry Creek is a family ski area with a base elevation 1,100 feet higher than the level of Lake Erie. Cockaigne receives an average 275 inches of snowfall annually.

Peek’n Peak — This yearround tourist destination boasts two 18-hole golf courses, 27 ski trails, a tubing area and 10 miles of crosscountry and snowshoe terrain. Additional amenities include fine dining, resort-style lodging and “The Spa,” a new full-service day spa.

The county provides fertile ground for the oldest and largest Concord grape growing region in the world. ChautauquaLake Erie Wine Trail — 21 local wineries nestled among 30,000 acres of grape vineyards in a narrow band along Lake Erie and the National Seaway Trail create “America’s Grape Country.”

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Producers of award-winning wines including vinifera, ice wines, fruit wines, and specialty wines such as brandies and ports, the wineries are open year-round. In August 2008, plans were announced for creation of a Grape Discovery Center, in the Westfield area. It will feature educational and interactive exhibits that showcase the county’s grape and wine industries, celebrate the region’s grape heritage and promote grape products.

Town in America” for its access to and diversity of greens, value-priced fees and number of quality golf days. With more than 20 courses, ranging from 9 to 36 holes, the county offers golfing galore. Patrons play challenging courses amid vineyards, tucked among the rolling hills of Jamestown or with spectacular views overlooking Chautauqua Lake and the majestic cliff-lined shore of Lake Erie.

The Arts Golf Courses In 2002 Golf Digest named Chautauqua County the “Best Little Golf

The arts are celebrated a number of ways in Chautauqua County, from traditional theater productions to outdoor weekend folk festivals.

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The 120,000-square-foot SUNY Fredonia Rockefeller Arts Center is one of the most impressive such centers in the State University of New York system, with two theaters, a 1,200-seat concert hall, two galleries and numerous shops, classrooms, studios and offices. The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a restored 117-year-old Victorian Vaudeville theater presenting numerous theater, dance and music performances by national and international touring artists. Reg Lenna Civic Center is a restored 1,269-seat center featuring a 35-foot movie screen, state-of-the-art projection and sound equipment, and a Steinway grand piano. In addition to programs such as “Movies at the Center,” “The Reg” is also home to community organizations including Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony and the Drama Enrichment Program. Lucille Ball Little Theater of Jamestown is a Vaudeville community theatre with a 405-seat auditorium presenting plays and musicals. Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center/ Desilu Playhouse — The Lucille BallDesi Arnaz Center’s mission is to enrich the world through the healing powers of love and laughter. The Desilu Playhouse is devoted to the “I Love Lucy” TV series.


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Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena — Well known as a state-of-the-art indoor ice-skating and hockey facility, the ice arena is also a popular concert and convention venue. The Arts and Sciences Center at Jamestown Community College includes the Weeks Gallery and Scharmann Theatre, which serves as the site for a variety of student and professional cultural events and lectures.

Transportation Located about halfway between New York City and Chicago, Chautauqua County is right in the middle of the action. Its residents and businesses are within a dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drive of 36 percent of the North American population. Accessibility, along with a wealth of transportation choices, makes it one of the prime locations in the nation. Courtesy of CCIDA

ajor thoroughfares running through the county include: Interstate 90/New York State Thruway (four interchanges); Interstate 86; U.S. Routes 5 & 20; and N.Y. State Route 60. A short distance to the west of the county line is Interstate 79. Chautauqua County has 18 state-maintained highways comprising more than 386 miles.


Three railroads provide freight hauling through the county. CSX Transportation Inc. has an estimated 21,000-route-mile rail network, serving every major population center in 23 states east of the Mississippi River, the District of Columbia, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Norfolk Southern Railway Company operates about 21,000 route miles in 22 eastern states and the District of Columbia. In partnership with the Southern Tier Extension Rail Authority, the Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad connects the communities along the southern border of Chautauqua County to the entire North American rail freight network. Two county-owned and operated airports and two nearby international airports also serve Chautauqua County. The Chautauqua County Jamestown Airport is a commercial facility with scheduled airline service, and the Chautauqua County Dunkirk Airport is a general aviation airport. Gulfstream International serves the Jamestown facility for Continental Airlines with service between James-

town and Cleveland, Ohio. The airport has more than 20 based aircraft and logs more than 35,000 aircraft operations per year. In addition, Federal Express operates daily flights between Buffalo, N.Y., and the Jamestown airport. The Dunkirk Airport has more than 30 aircraft based on the field, with total operations exceeding 22,000 per year. Lengthening of the major runway through federal grants is in the planning stages, along with installation of eight new T-Hangars, via grants from the state. Just across the New York border in

Erie, Pa., the Erie International Airport is served by three airlines with an average of 15 scheduled nonstop flights to and from three major destinations, daily. Nearly 900 travelers pass through the airport each day. Buffalo Niagara International Airport is within an hourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drive of Chautauqua County. Averaging about 110 daily flights with nonstop service to 18 cities, the BNIA plays an essential role in the development of business and tourism in the Buffalo Niagara region.

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Utilities When it comes to utility service, Chautauqua County businesses and residents can count on being well connected and supplied with technologically advanced, reliable services at very competitive prices. Electricity ational Grid is an international energy delivery company that provides electric transmission and distribution service to much of Chautauqua County. Offering a wide array of economic development programs for business customers, National Grid is in the process of launching energy efficiency programs for commercial customers.


Small areas of the county are served by New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG), a subsidiary of EnergyEast Corporation. NYSEG offers rate discounts and funding assistance to attract business to New York State.

Several Chautauqua County communities have their own municipal electric utility service provider offering competitively-priced service at less than market rates:

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Brocton Electric Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Mayville Electric Westfield Electric

Natural Gas National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation supports local economic development through its Area Development Program. The ADP is designed to support economic activity and redevel-

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Jamestown Community College’s Manufacturing Technology Institute (MTI) opment initiatives in the utility’s Western New York service area with grants of up to $750,000/year. National Fuel’s Conservation Incentive Program supports local businesses with cash rebates for small, nonresidential customers when they upgrade to more energy-efficient equipment.

Telecommunications DFT Communications offers local and long distance telephone service, business telephone systems, Internet, security systems, wireless communications and call-center services. Windstream Corporation provides digital phone, high-speed Internet and high-definition video and entertainment services. It offers small and large businesses in Jamestown a variety of nextgeneration voice and data bundled services, including IP VPN, VLS, Wireless Ethernet Internet Access and Web hosting. Other communication services providers within the county are Verizon, Fairpoint Communications, Inc. and Time Warner Cable.


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he county offers career and technical skill programs, via the Manufacturing Technology Institute (MTI) and the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).


motivated adults the opportunity to earn associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees at one of its 35 locations statewide, online courses and small study groups.

MTI is a unique partnership between Jamestown Community College and regional industries, giving students high-quality education and valuable connections to the region’s leading employers.

Jamestown Community College’s associate-degree graduates are able to transfer with full junior status to colleges and universities across the nation. A full range of online offerings complement the associate-degree and certificate programs students can pursue

BOCES is able to provide services that school districts may be too small to offer on their own, including specific professional development and instructional support, various management services, and numerous career and technical, alternative and special education programs.

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Chautauqua County’s 18 public school systems, four higher education institutions, and career and technical skills programs offer a wide variety of training, continuing education, and undergraduate and graduate programs that give students a foundation of knowledge for success in the workplace and in life. Local colleges provide not only a valuable educational resource, but also cultural enrichment to the community.

at JCC’s Chautauqua County locations in Jamestown and Dunkirk. Jamestown Business College is dedicated to providing students with career-oriented business degrees and certificates. The private, four-year college offers bachelor’s and associate’s degrees and certificate programs in business administration and administrative assistant.

Higher education needs are also well served in Chautauqua County. The State University of New York at Fredonia is consistently ranked as one of the finest public universities in the North and is recognized for high academic standards, strong graduation rates and outstanding student services. Its exceptional academic reputation offers students a variety of majors in the arts — including a world-renowned School of Music— humanities, education, and the natural and social sciences. With more than 200 cultural programs and 100-plus athletic events each year, the campus plays a strong role in its surrounding community. Empire State College is the SUNY college for adult learners, providing

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Chautauqua County â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where Business & Pleasure Meetâ&#x20AC;? Partnering with state and local economic development agencies

County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency 200 Harrison St. Jamestown, NY 14701


CCIDA Services: Business Assistance; Site Identification; Industrial Revenue Bonds and Low Interest Loan Funds for Industrial, Commercial and Tourism Businesses; Abatement of Real Property Tax, Mortgage Recording Tax, and Sales Tax on Construction Materials

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Positioned as New York State's "Western Gateway"Chautauqua County is literally at the center of it all, about halfway between New York City...