The inaugural Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award will be presented to Dr. Len Faulk during the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce 2012 annual meeting Friday at Shorewood Country Club in Dunkirk.
The award recognizes an individual in the region who has worked hard to bring groups of people together around a common goal or objective. The award is presented to an individual that has helped move the region forward in a positive direction through collaboration and by building partnerships. Pam Lydic, the first executive director of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, was instrumental in bringing together the Northern Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce and the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce to form the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. The award was developed to honor her work with the Chamber of Commerce and her efforts to build a stronger community.
Faulk is a longtime advocate for regionalization of services in Chautauqua County. Professionally, Faulk was a political science professor and administrator at the State University at Fredonia from 1981 to 2006. He chaired the Political Science Department for six years, served as interim vice president for academic affairs for three terms and held the post of associate vice president and graduate dean from 1997-2006.
At SUNY Fredonia, Faulk was the founding Director of the Center for Rural Regional Development and Governance that received more than $2 million in applied research grants. He wrote more than 20 regional government research studies and helped develop, fund and coordinate SUNY Fredonia's Technology Incubator.
Faulk received his Bachelor of Arts degree in social science from Wheaton College; and both his Master of Social Work in community organization and Ph.D. in social policy from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to his positions at SUNY Fredonia, Faulk was an administrator of several community service agencies including; director of the Jamestown Community Action Agency; coordinator of the Chautauqua County Small Business Assistance Program; founder and executive director of the Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation and associate director of Rural America in Washington.
Faulk initiated senior housing in many villages in the county, including: Clymer, Sinclairville, Sherman, Bemus Point and Fredonia. He helped develop the Rural Ministries emergency shelter in Dunkirk and originated the 19 units of handicapped housing at the Jamestown YMCA.
Now retired, Faulk continues to serve on a variety of community boards and remains deeply involved in efforts to encourage regionalization.
Of the award in memory of his late wife, Brian Lydic said, "Based on his track record of bringing groups and communities together around common goals, and continually hammering the drum of consolidating and sharing services, Len is a great selection for this award. I am confident Pam would approve of this selection."