The first tenet of George Borrello’s 10-point Elevating Chautauqua County plan, which was officially released in April, proposes that we “fully capitalize on existing community development opportunities and continue to implement recommendations proposed in the County’s Comprehensive Plan.” These projects and initiatives include Athenex, TLC Health Systems, NRG, the National Comedy Center, the Jamestown Downtown Revitalization Initiative, the LECOM PGA Tour, the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, and many other positive developments currently underway throughout the County. The County Executive’s Office and his economic development team will assemble key stakeholders to form the Chautauqua Economic Development Alliance (CEDA) to create and implement a strategy to fully capitalize on the investments being made, and to seek the maximum amount of public funding to implement community development initiatives to support these projects.
The types of projects to be investigated and implemented shall include economic development, infrastructure, housing, quality of life, and other applicable initiatives aimed at attracting and retaining qualified individuals and families to locate in Chautauqua County to staff these new ventures, as opposed to commuting from outside of the County.
The CEDA shall consist of State, County, and local stakeholders, including Empire State Development; the County IDA/Planning; Local and County-wide development organizations; Workforce Development; the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau; not-for-profits; developers; elected officials; and other key stakeholders. “There are many exciting development projects already underway in Chautauqua County. It is my intent to ensure that we are all working together toward the same goals. The county will take a new leadership role that will address all aspects of preparing our communities for maximizing on new development. We must develop our assets and improve our infrastructure so our communities can attract and retain people that want to live, work and raise a family here in Chautauqua County,” said George Borrello.
For more information about this and other innovative programs being proposed as part of Mr. Borrello’s pledge to the County, please go to: http://www.voteborrello.com