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Community Profile 2013

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Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce 10785 Bennett Road Dunkirk, NY 14048 phone: 716-366-6200 fax: 716-366-4276 512 Falconer Street Jamestown, NY 14701 phone: 716-484-1101 fax: 716-487-0785

Chamber Profile


Board of Directors


Membership Handbook


Community Chambers


Dunkirk Fredonia Hanover Jamestown Mayville/Chautauqua Westfield/Barcelona

Housing 13 Health and Human Services


Education 16 Business 18 Tourism 20


Famous People from Chautauqua County


Chamber Gems


4867 West Lake Road Dunkirk, NY 14048 phone: 716-366-9200 fax: 716-366-9201

While all precautions have been taken in publishing this directory, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and the publisher, Star Media Group, assume no responsibility for errors or omissions. Information supplied is current as of November 16, 2012. Data is believed to be accurate as of the date of compilation and is taken from sources deemed reliable. Front cover inset images: Biotechnology students - courtesy Jamestown Community College; Dunkirk Pier Wreck & Roll - courtesy Dunkirk Department of Development; Jamestown Holiday Parade - courtesy Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation. All other images are property of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce unless otherwise noted.


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Chamber Profile The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, is leading businesses and leading communities here in our region. As privately funded organizations we focus on initiatives and services to help build stronger businesses and communities in Chautauqua County.

The Five Point Focus: ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■

Our MISSION is to create a business environment in the region where our members can thrive.

Our VISION is that the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is a regional leader that is data driven, flexible and strong, providing services and support that make our organization essential to our members.


Driving foot traffic into local businesses Increasing sales and reducing costs for members through services, events, and seminars Containing health insurance costs through proactive solutions Advocating for positive change with a focus on reducing taxes Supporting economic, workforce, and tourism development

Principles ■■ We strive to reduce taxes and regulatory barriers that hamper the viability of our member businesses by driving change through communication and coordination with the local, state and federal government, and regulatory agencies. ■■ We seek to gain regional competitive advantage by having a superior workforce available for our members. ■■ We play a pro-active role in delivering, innovative, high quality, cost competitive health insurance products for our members.



We achieve our mission through the development of services and sharing of information that benefits our members and the geographic area in which they operate. We work with government and various organizations to define and address the economic and tourism development needs of our small business members with emphasis on helping these businesses increase sales and reduce costs; and through the implementation of the Main Street four point approach of organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring.

Affiliated Organizations The mission of the Community Chamber Development Corporation (CCDC) is to support our business communities by being a catalyst for growth and development. We fulfill our mission by coordinating our activities as communities of Chautauqua County toward a common purpose of sustainability and economic growth through the implementation of the Main Street four point approach of organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring.

The Manufacturers Association

of the

Southern Tier (MAST) is a pro-active leader committed to enhancing the economic strength of the region. The Association promotes the common interests of its membership, develops services that benefit its members and is a primary resource for information and assistance to promote manufacturing excellence and innovation in a global economy.

The mission of Dream It Do It is to develop a skilled workforce to support the labor demands of manufacturers in the region by increasing enrollment in the technical programs offered in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties by 30% per year, every year, until 2015.

Chamber/MAST Staff (L-R): Dave Johnson, Industrial Services Director; Erin Andersen, Executive Assistant and SBAP Coordinator; Greg Krauza, Director of Member Development; Sabine Nimtz, Finance Manager; Todd Tranum, President & CEO; Sheila Webster, Director of Marketing Communications and Governmental Affairs; Guy Ditonto, Director of Member Services


Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Ann Abdella

Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier Board of Directors Amy Adam

Chautauqua County Health Network

Chautauqua Metal Finishing Supply

Hans Auer

UBS Financial Services

John D’Agostino

Kevin Brombacher

M&T Bank

John Churchill


Jamestown Electro Plating


David Dawson

First Niagara Bank

Larry Ludemann

Dawson Metal

Eric Livengood

DFT Communications

Ulrich Planfiling

Ann Mason

Time Warner Business Class

Tim Murphy

Rex McCray

Weber Knapp Company

David Porter

SUNY Fredonia

Cummins, Inc.

Jim Pullan

Jamestown Mattress Co.

Dennis Rak

Herman Ruhlman

Rand Machine

Nichole Segrue

Double A Vineyards

Universal Tooling

Aaron Resnick

Westfield Development Corp.

Ken Shearer

Mark Shafer

Heidenhain Corporation

John Zabrodsky

Chautauqua Marina

Advanced Manufacturing Technology

John “Jay” Warren Graf Realty

Marilyn Zagora

Jamestown Community College

Paul Zebraski

Carriage House Companies

Chamber Board member not pictured:

Maggie Owen,

Putnam Record Agency

MAST Board members not pictured:

John Mulryan, Lufkin-RMT John Stahley, Dresser-Rand

Membership Handbook The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is an umbrella organization for the Community Chamber Development Corporation, incorporating community chambers in Dunkirk, Fredonia, Jamestown, MayvilleChautauqua, Greater Silver Creek, and WestfieldBarcelona. Our additional partnership organizations are the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) and the Manufacturing Technology Institute (MTI). Each of these organizations functions with the oversight of a Board of Directors, while the staff serves all of the entities and works with a variety of volunteer groups countywide. The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and its affiliated organizations provide a variety of ways for members to participate. Volunteers help to shape the direction for our organizations and work to expand services for members. Each Board, and our standing committees for Fundraising/Sustainability, Public Policy, and Insurance, is made up of volunteers from our membership.

Keeping in touch

There is always something happening at the Chamber

Consumers’ perceptions of your business can play a critical role in your success. Identifying your business as a Chamber member can mean more customers and can have a positive impact on your company. Let consumers know you are a member by: ■■ Displaying your membership plaque ■■ Post your membership sticker in your front door or on a company vehicle ■■ Include the phrase “proud to be a member of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce” in your advertising and on your website. As a Chamber member you are listed in both our printed and on line membership directories. Our searchable on-line directory links to your business web site. In the printed directory you receive three free category listings, and when a customer calls us looking for a product or service we refer them first to Chamber members.

that can positively impact your bottom line. We keep in touch with our members in a variety of ways to keep them informed of these opportunities: ■■ We regularly email our members updates about events, advocacy issues, and tools available through the Chamber ■■ Our monthly newsletter is now on line, allowing both members and non-members a chance to see what the Chamber and our members are doing to serve the community ■■ The weekly Chamber Corner column is printed in the OBSERVER, the Post-Journal, the Chautauqua Star and in the Dunkirk-Fredonia and Lakeshore Pennysavers ■■ A Chautauqua Business Weekly email is delivered each Monday as a reminder to business people who may want to seek additional information or register for events ■■ The Chamber web site includes an events calendar and information about our services and initiatives


Helping you increase profits and reduce costs

The Chamber of Commerce and its affiliated organizations offer a variety of services and programs to help you increase your profits and reduce costs: ■■ Employee Benefits including health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance through the Bright Choices Exchange, which is exclusive to Chamber members and provides cost-competitive options with excellent human resource and customer support ■■ ShopTauqua Gift Check Program which allows consumers to purchase Gift Checks through the Chamber that can be redeemed at any participating Chamber member ■■ Marketing and Advertising options available exclusively to Chamber members including a variety of pricing and distribution options to fit your budget and marketing strategy ■■ Discount Programs to help you save money including Member-to-Member Discounts, training and education savings through Jamestown Community College, Chautauqua Works, and Penn State Behrend ■■ Benchmarking to determine how your companies’ policies and benefits structures compare with others in our region

Connections to new customers

The Chamber provides a variety of opportunities to help you connect with new customers and your fellow chamber members. ■■ Networking and Training Events ■■ Annual Golf Tournament ■■ Annual Awards Banquet ■■ Annual Meeting ■■ Chamber Gem Sponsorship which allows you to align your company with the Chamber brand. Your sponsorship helps to advance the Chamber’s mission. In turn, the Chamber supports you with value-added marketing to reinforce your company name and product awareness. ■■ Grand Opening/Open House to assist members in advertising their big events, secure media coverage, and invite local dignitaries

Representation where it matters

Advocacy work by the Chamber/MAST Public Policy Committee promotes a pro-business agenda at all levels of government – local, county, state and federal. Our association with the Business Council of New York State, US Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, National Federation of Independent Businesses, Chamber Alliance of New York State and the Western New York Chamber Alliance puts our members in a network that channels information to and from all levels of government.


Legislative Events hosted by the Chamber include meetings with our top elected officials regionally. We provide direct access to our County Executive, State Senate and Assembly Representatives, and Congressman.

Promoting Economic, Workforce and Tourism Development

The Chamber supports economic development efforts that create a productive environment for business expansion. With a targeted emphasis on workforce development, and by partnering with educational institutions, we are helping to train the workforce of the future. We work closely with our partners in the tourism industry to advance “Chautauqua County…the World’s Learning Center” as a national and international draw for visitors. Chamber members can participate on committees and action teams that are working on these and other projects.

Information and new ideas

With guest speakers and other learning opportunities, the Chamber provides you and your employees with valuable learning opportunities. Within the framework of Chautauqua County: the World’s Learning Center, your Chamber of Commerce strives to create learning experiences within all of its events. Our focus is on educating our members about the unique, interesting, and exciting opportunities available in Chautauqua County, and on building a better workforce through skills development.

Dunkirk Community Chamber of Commerce

Fredonia Community Chamber of Commerce

Strategically located along-side Lake Erie’s Historic Chadwick Bay Harbor 50 miles southwest of Buffalo, Dunkirk offers a picturesque downtown waterfront marina community as well as a thriving manufacturing base. In addition, Dunkirk is also home to the SUNY College at Fredonia Technology Incubator which houses numerous start-up businesses in the technology sector. Dunkirk is a community of hardworking, caring people who are proud of their heritage and the City's history. Dunkirk’s recreational facilities are unsurpassed throughout Western New York for a municipality of our size. An abundance of natural resources as well as financial, workforce and technological support networks provides business with competitive opportunities for growth. In addition, Dunkirk offers downtown lakefront marinas, accommodations, lake front parks, beaches and small city friendliness. The housing stock is diverse, offering everything from historically renovated homes to a modern apartment or a lake front lifestyle. Completed in 2008, the Dunkirk City Boardwalk is a must see! It houses eight tourist-friendly commercial and dining establishments, all accessible along a 160 foot long covered boardwalk. Browse the shops for unique gifts and enjoy the eateries, all the while taking in the picturesque Chadwick Bay! Adjacent to the New York State Thruway, Dunkirk is easy to reach by car. With a small county airport nearby and the Buffalo Metropolitan Airport just a short car ride away, Dunkirk is easily accessible by air as well. The region offers timely connections to all major metropolitan areas in the eastern United States and Canada. For more information contact Dunkirk Community Chamber Coordinator Jonelle Anderson at (716) 366-6200.

The village of Fredonia is home to the State University of New York College at Fredonia – a comprehensive residential liberal arts college which has earned recognition several times in the “America’s Best Colleges” listing in US News & World Report. Not only does the school offer an excellent education with a SUNY pricetag, it also shapes much of the cultural and residential life in the surrounding community. “The best of both worlds!" is how many describe Fredonia, New York, a picturesque village in rural Chautauqua County. Fredonia boasts a thriving downtown commercial area housed in historic architecture adjacent to distinctive civic buildings. Laid out in 1825, the twin Barker Commons make up the centerpiece of the village. Two Victorian fountains are showcased by graceful shade trees and floral displays. Adjacent to the Commons is the Fredonia Village Hall and its restored 1891 Opera House. Shop, eat, relax, spend the night and enjoy cultural activities in a village rich in both classic elegance and contemporary delight. The quaint shops, quiet streets, friendly people, and a care for the casual visitor makes this village a perfect daytrip or a vacation destination. Nestled among the vineyards of Northern Chautauqua County, Fredonia is a community deeply rooted and growing. Close by you will find welcoming estate wineries, enchanting artists’ shops, and the beauty of our natural world in Western New York. For more information contact Fredonia Community Chamber Coordinator Heidi Seddon at (716) 679-1565.

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Hanover Community Chamber of Commerce

Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce

The Town of Hanover makes the most of its prime location along the southern shore of Lake Erie. The sand-covered beaches host summer fun, lakefront dining and clubs, marinas, and camping, as well as the popular Polar Bear swim each January. Beachfront cottages and a popular nightlife scene are summertime favorites in the Sunset Bay area, while the Villages of Silver Creek and Forestville are widely known for the Festival of Grapes and the Fall Festival respectively. Surrounded by beautiful and fruitful vineyards, the area is known for its many wineries. During grape season, you can actually smell grapes just by driving along Routes 5 or 20. With a population of about 3,000 people, the region features the best of country living and picturesque neighborhoods, with all amenities close at hand. Just a short distance away is the nearby Seneca Nation Gaming and Entertainment Facility. Hanover is home to a wide variety of businesses from small specialty shops to major manufacturers and health care, and is served by both the Silver Creek and Forestville School districts. For more information contact Hanover Chamber Coordinator Jonelle Anderson at (716) 366-6200.

The City of Jamestown is an economically sound and vibrant community serving as the industrial, commercial, financial and recreational hub of Southwestern New York. As the center of a metropolitan area of more than 70,000 residents and a market area of nearly 175,000 people, Jamestown supports a broad diversity of industry, modern commercial establishments and financial institutions, and provides a myriad of cultural and recreation opportunities for its residents. Located at the southeastern tip of Chautauqua Lake, Jamestown is the largest city in Chautauqua County. A city rich in historic sites and museums such as the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Fenton History Center, and the Reg Lenna Civic Center. As Lucille Ball’s hometown, Jamestown boasts the Lucy-Desi Museum, The Desilu Playhouse and Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown. Jamestown is also home of the Robert H. Jackson Center, promoting the legacy of the hometown lawyer who would become the United States Chief Prosecutor of Nazi War Criminals at Nuremberg Germany and Supreme Court Justice. Jamestown is the location of the world-class Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena, and the Jamestown Jammers Baseball team, downtown accommodations, dining opportunities and shopping and many special events. Jamestown Community College is a two-year college in the SUNY system, with locations in Jamestown and Dunkirk offering JCC degree and certificate programs in many areas. For more information contact Jamestown Community Chamber Coordinator Marty Idzik at (716) 397-9021.


Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce

Westfield/Barcelona Community Chamber of Commerce

The Village of Mayville serves as the Chautauqua County seat, rich in county history and government. Situated at the north end of Chautauqua Lake, it is a natural gateway to the lake and is quickly becoming a year-round destination. Mayville is one of the fastest-growing arts, dining, and entertainment communities on Chautauqua Lake. Widely known for boating, fishing, a bluegrass festival and a summer concert in the park series, it is also home to the largest winter festival in Western New York – featuring constructing of a large ice castle each February, an ice ball, snowmobiling, and other winter recreational activities, and is quickly becoming a year-round destination. Nearby, the world-renowned Chautauqua Institution provides a nine-week summer program featuring a rich blend of educational, arts, history, and religious programming. Chautauqua becomes a thriving summer colony each year featuring top name entertainment as well as plays, operas, recreation, and a full schedule of educational opportunities, as well as grand hotels and accommodations, a golf course, tennis, and more. Chautauqua Lake is also surrounded by rolling hills, rural countryside and woodlands. Around the lake, there are numerous small villages and communities, including two Amish settlements. For more information contact Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber Coordinator Debby Marsala at (716) 753-3113.

The Westfield area has long been an attractive location for entrepreneurs and manufacturers. Located along the western shores of Lake Erie in Chautauqua County and The Seaway Trail, Westfield has direct access to Interstate 90, two major state highways and two railroads. Offering exceptional access for today’s businesses, and forward thinking, regarding technology and planned development, Westfield is the ideal location for business of all sizes - from the home based business to the large corporation. Westfield is a community with 19th century charm of a flourishing small town combined with 21st century modern technologies and conveniences; Westfield is a safe, secure community, which is ideal for children with many parks, playgrounds, and other public green spaces. Some of the area’s features include: The Barcelona Lighthouse and Barcelona Harbor, the McClug Museum which houses the Chautauqua County Historical Society, the award-winning Patterson Library, and Lincoln-Bedell Park which depicts the meeting of Abraham Lincoln and Westfield native Grace Bedell whose letter prompted the President to grow a beard. With a reverence and appreciation for its own and the region’s history and natural resources, Westfield is a wonderful place to live, do business and visit. For more information contact Westfield/Barcelona Community Chamber of Commerce Coordinator John Rawlinson at (716) 969-3413.

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Housing Chautauqua County is home to nearly 135,000 people who live, work, and play in one of the most beautiful regions of New York State. Residents enjoy picturesque landscapes and quaint villages, as well as easy access to the amenities of big city life. Housing in Chautauqua County is extremely affordable. The median home value is just $81,500 and a variety of housing options are available from historic Victorian and Colonial architecture to new suburban housing developments and downtown apartment and loft-style facilities. There is easy access to waterways including lake front living along Lake Erie, Chautauqua Lake, Findley Lake, and the Cassadaga Lakes as well as a number of other inland streams and rivers. Seasonal housing options range from upscale condominiums to quaint cottages. Whether you’re looking for a small city lifestyle, a suburban neighborhood, village ambiance, or country living, you will find just the right home here in Chautauqua County.

Data Source: US Census Bureau, 2011 American Community Survey


Health and Human Services With four local hospitals and a strong network of human service organizations, Chautauqua County residents and visitors have ready access to first class health care. A newly opened state-of-the-art emergency department is the crowning jewel of WCA Hospital. With a facility that has served the area’s health care needs for 127 years, WCA currently provides some of the most advanced medical technology available in the region covering a broad array of services including diagnostics, acute care, cancer care, rehabilitation, and a wellness program. WCA Hospital has earned its spot in the 100 Top Hospital Performance Improvement Leaders from Solucient, a nationally recognized health research firm. The Lake Erie Regional Health System also provides excellent health care at both Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk and Lakeshore Health Care Center in Irving. Recent developments at Brooks include a new diabetic support group, a surgical ambassador program, a new women’s imaging center for digital mammography, and an expanded dialysis unit. TLC Health Network offers emergency, primary care, long term care, and chemical dependency services.

photo courtesy WCA Hospital

Westfield Memorial Hospital, an affiliate of Saint Vincent Health System in Erie, Pennsylvania, offers direct access to expert care including the convenience of on-site physician specialists. Through new technologies, services, and partnerships, Westfield Memorial Hospital offers patients sophisticated medical advancements all within the familiarity of a community hospital. In addition, a number of facilities throughout Chautauqua County provide multiple levels of care for the elderly. Programs include everything from independent living for seniors to assisted living, to nursing home care and specialized treatment for dementia patients. Adult day programs and respite care are available as well. Chautauqua County is also home to a wide array of human service programs which assist local residents who may be seeking quality childcare, youth development programs, in-home care for adults, and a range of day and residential services for the developmentally disabled.

photo courtesy Brooks Memorial Hospital


Chautauqua County Hospitals Brooks Memorial Hospital

529 Central Avenue, Dunkirk NY 716-366-1111

Lakeshore Health Care Center 845 Routes 5 & 20, Irving, NY 716-951-7000

WCA Hospital

207 Foote Avenue, Jamestown, NY 716-487-0141

Westfield Memorial Hospital

an Affiliate of Saint Vincent Health System 189 East Main Street, Westfield, NY 716-326-4921


Education Higher education facilities in Chautauqua County are teaching thousands of students each year in virtually every field. The SUNY College at Fredonia was ranked 12th among the top public universities in the region in the 2012 US News & World Report Best Colleges edition. With over 5,500 students and 400 faculty members, SUNY Fredonia is part of the State University of New York and offers more than 24 Bachelors Degree programs, over 40 minor programs, and half a dozen Masters Degree programs. Everything from art and theatre to chemistry and history are taught in this high-quality institution. Jamestown Community College was the first community college certified in New York State. With a main campus on Jamestown and additional campuses in Dunkirk and nearby Olean, JCC is committed to humanities and liberal arts programs. 4,000 students are enrolled in nearly forty degree programs, which have been expanded to include vocational education and community service. Jamestown Business College is a private institution focused on a business curriculum. JBC offers students an opportunity to complete and Associates Degree in just 18 months, and a Bachelors Degree in 39 months. JBC graduates can also rely on lifetime career placement services. Empire State College is also a part of the SUNY system, catering to adults who are pursuing Associates, Bachelors,

or Masters Degrees in a variety of disciplines. In addition, the PACE program through Houghton College offers adults an opportunity to complete a Bachelors Degree by attending evening programs on the JCC campus. The Cassadaga Job Corps Center is administered through the US Department of Labor and provides technical and career training for 16 to 24-year olds in a variety of fields. Eighteen school districts in settings from urban to rural serve public school students from pre-kindergarten through high school graduation. In addition, Erie2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES provides two centers for vocational education services.

photo courtesy Jamestown Community College


Data Source: US Census Bureau, 2011 American Community Survey

photo courtesy Jamestown Business College


Business Chautauqua County’s economic climate is conducive to both small and large businesses. Dunkirk and Jamestown are home to downtown city centers which house numerous retail businesses, service industries, non-profit organizations, and manufacturing entities. Four industrial parks are home to a variety of manufacturing facilities employing thousands of residents. A number of large national and international corporations maintain sizeable manufacturing firms in Chautauqua County including Bush Industries, Carriage House, Cott Beverages, Cummins, Heidenhain, Nestle Purina, RHIMonofrax, SKF Aeroengine, TitanX, and Truck-Lite. Another substantial part of the economy is agriculture. Dairy and cattle farms spot the southern end of Chautauqua County, while vineyards and wineries inhabit the northern end, with corn, apples, and other fruit and vegetable farms in between. Farmers markets and fruit stands sell locally grown produce in season. The Small Business Development Center provides support and training to individuals interested in starting up a business enterprise. The SBDC offers management assistance to current and start-up small businesses owners free of charge. Jamestown Community College also offers a new certificate program for budding entrepreneurs.

The Industrial Development Agency of Chautauqua County works to assist businesses with tax incentives, low interest loans, and capital investments. Local development corporations in Jamestown, Dunkirk, and Westfield also work on business development projects and downtown revitalization efforts. The SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator in downtown Dunkirk provides its client entrepreneurs with the support, infrastructure, resources, and the guidance needed to successfully launch a new business. The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier offer support, training, information, and resources to help businesses and people throughout Chautauqua County.

County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency




PLEASURE MEET! Cummins Inc. – Jamestown Engine Plant

Roger Tory Peterson Institute

Economic Development Assistance, Incentives & Loans 200 Harrison Street, Jamestown 661-8900

. 338 Central Avenue, Ste. 210, Dunkirk 499-1902

Data Source: US Census Bureau, 206-2010 American Community Survey


Tourism Chautauqua County: The World’s Learning Center, provides unique experiences for visitors and residents alike with a focus on leisure and lifelong learning. Chautauqua County is a magnet for writers, artists, scientists, business people, politicians, and teachers of all disciplines to share their expertise in a relaxing vacation setting. The World’s Learning Center brand initiative is focused on the concept of learning vacations and travelers seek out interactive tours, classes, or workshops.

Sports and Recreation

Learn to Play on Land,Water, and Snow With 50 miles of Lake Erie shoreline plus Chautauqua Lake, the Cassadaga Lakes, Findley Lake, and numerous creeks and waterways, Chautauqua County is a fisherman’s and boater’s paradise. With golf courses for all levels of play, ski resorts, and trails for hiking, horseback riding and snowmobiling, Chautauqua County is a four-season recreational playground. Opportunities abound for tennis, sailing, rowing, and more. Learn the basics with sailing courses or simply rent a boat and spend a day on the beautiful waters of Chautauqua Lake. In the winter snowmobilers enjoy over 200 miles of scenic well-maintained trails. Downhill and cross country skiing are favorite winter pastimes.

Chautauqua Institution

The Quintessential Learning Vacation For nine weeks each summer Chautauqua Institution comes alive with learning opportunities for all ages and interests from arts and education to religion and recreation. Each day is filled with activity from morning worship services and lectures, to classes and camp activities, to evening performances. Music festivals, summer camp, golf, and sailing are all part of the Chautauqua experience wrapped into a single destination for the whole family.

Professional sports include Jamestown Jammers baseball and the Jamestown Ironmen hocky games at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena. The Arena is also home to the Jamestown Skating Club and provides a full schedule for public skating. Year-round events range from the Bemus Bay Pops concerts and Lucy-Fest in the summer to the wildly popular Mayville Winter Festival featuring construction of a large ice castle.

The Natural World

Utilizing our Natural Assets From summer camps and interpretive trails to bird migration flyways, Chautauqua County’s four seasons offer plenty of opportunities for exploring nature. Witness spectacular views of field, forest, and pond and meet many of wildlife’s wonders at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary. You can hike over five miles of trails on this 600-acre wetland preserve. Dedicated to the life and works of a key pioneer in the environmental movement and the father of birding the Roger Tory Peterson Institute promotes the teaching and study of nature. The center is the home of Peterson’s collected works from a long and fruitful life as a naturalist and nature artist.

Culture and History

Carrying on a Tradition of Learning For over a century, visitors to and residents of Chautauqua County have been gathering at lakeside assemblies and summer camps and inviting guests from around the world to share in the experience. Cultural, arts, and entertainment programs are numerous and year-round in a variety of theater settings from outdoor to beautifully restored, historic venues. Learn about Chautauqua County’s history through tours aboard the Chautauqua Belle, a replica 19th Century paddlewheel steamer or on the Summer Wind dinner cruiser. Learn about the life and work of Lucille Ball, or former Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson; visit the Fenton History Center, the McClurg Museum, or take a cemetery tour for glimpses into Chautauqua County’s past. Take a drive through Amish country or explore the Lily Dale Assembly. photo courtesy Jamestown Savings Bank Arena and Ironmen Hockey

Culinary Experiences Celebrate Regional Flavors

While visiting America’s Grape Country, visitors can experience farm tours, farmers markets, winery tours, or one of the many agriculture and food oriented events held each year. With over 30,000 acres of vineyards, Chautauqua County is the oldest and largest Concord grape growing region in the world. Construction of the new Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association Grape Discovery Center is underway. If beer is more to your liking you may enjoy a tour and tasting as the Southern Tier Brewing Company. Chautauqua County is also home to a variety of restaurants from sidewalk cafes to homestyle diners to fine dining experiences.

Creative Camps Learning for Youth

Rich in arts and culture, visitors to Chautauqua County can nurture their creative spirits with learning experiences in music, knitting, jewelry making, painting, dance, and more. Opportunities for youth abound with outdoor camps, crafts, sports, performing arts, or Kids College programs. Whether you are young or young at heart there is something to learn in Chautauqua County!


Famous People from Chautauqua County Lucille Ball (1911-1989)

Born in Jamestown and raised in Celoron, she was a model, actress, and star of stage, radio, film, and television including the beloved I Love Lucy show which continues to air in reruns worldwide. She was also the first woman to head a television production company, Desilu, which she founded with her first husband, Desi Arnaz.

Hugh C. Bedient (1889-1965)

Born in Gerry, he was a starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and the Buffalo Blues. He gained notoriety when he struck out 42 batters in a 23-inning game while pitching for a semipro team.

Howard J. Ehmke (1894-1959)

Born in Silver Creek, he was a major league baseball pitcher, having played for the Buffalo Blues, the Detroit Tigers, the Boston Red Sox, and the Philadelphia Athletics. He later founded the Ehmke Manufacturing Company, the first company to produce large tarps to spread over the infield when it rains to keep the water off the baseball diamond.

Reuben E. Fenton (1819-1885)

Born in the Town of Carroll, he was elected to the US House of Representatives, serving from 1853-1855, and then again from 1857-1864 when he resigned to serve his newly elected office as the 22nd Governor of New York State. He held that office until 1869 when he was elected to the US Senate and held that office until 1875.

Charles E. Goodell (1926-1987) Born in Jamestown, he was an attorney and then congressional liaison assistant for the US Department of Justice, when he was elected in a special election to serve in Congress in 1959. He served three succeeding terms, and then was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 1968 to the unexpired term of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy, where he served until 1970. Roger S. Goodell (b. 1959)

Born in Jamestown, he is currently Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL). The son of the late U.S. Senator Charles Goodell, his career began as an intern with the league office. He filled a variety of roles in the NFL administration, culminating with his appointment as NFL Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2001 and then his appointment as Commissioner in 2006.

Benjamin Franklin Goodrich (1841-1888)

Born in Ripley, he became a doctor and served in the Union Army in the American Civil War. He later practiced medicine in Jamestown, and then worked in the oil industry and in real estate, before founding the B. F. Goodrich rubber company.

Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954)


Raised in Frewsburg, he was the United States Attorney General from 1940-1941 and an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1941-1954. He was the chief prosecutor of the surviving Nazi leaders at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial.

Stanley N. Lundine (b. 1939)

Born in Jamestown, he served as the city’s mayor for six years and received national attention for his labor/management strategies before he was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in 1976. He served in Congress for ten years before running on a successful ticket with Mario Cuomo to become the 71st Lieutenant Governor of New York.

Natalie Merchant (b. 1963)

Born in Jamestown, she was lead singer and primary lyricist for the alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs. She co-founded and fronted the band in 1981, then left it in 1993 to begin a successful solo career.

Roger Tory Peterson (1908-1996)

Born in Jamestown, he was a naturalist, ornithologist and artist. His Guide to the Birds, published in 1934, is considered to be the first modern field guide and is known for its clear illustrations and delineation of relevant field marks. He developed the Peterson Identification System and edited or wrote many volumes in the Peterson Field Guide series.

George M. Pullman (1831-1897)

Born in Brocton, he was an inventor and industrialist known for inventing the Pullman sleeping car for the railroad industry. Endowment funding left after his death eventually led to establishment of the George M. Pullman Education Foundation which has awarded over $30-million in scholarships to more than 11,000 students in its more than 60-year history.

John M. Schofield (1831-1906)

Born in Gerry, he was an American soldier who held major commands during the American Civil War. He later served as U.S. Secretary of War and Commanding General of the United States Army.

George Stoneman, Jr. (1822-1894)

Born in the Town of Busti, he was a career United States Army officer, a Union cavalry general in the American Civil War, and the 15th Governor of California between 1883 and 1887.

Jenn (Stuczynski) Suhr (b. 1982)

Born in Fredonia, she played softball, basketball, soccer, and track and field in her early years. She was introduced to the pole vault as a sophomore at Roberts Wesleyan College, and began competing in the event just weeks later. She won the silver medal in women’s pole vault at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and then the gold medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.


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