Vince Horrigan is focused on growing businesses, increasing opportunities in Chautauqua County and lean government practices.
The Republican Chautauqua County Executive candidate was at Digitell Inc. in Jamestown on Tuesday to release the first part of his business plan, which aims to return the county to a new era of growth.
"While we will continue to market our county to attract new business, we must also stop the erosion of our existing businesses which provide good-paying jobs," Horrigan said. "We can never replace what we lose. Instead, we must grow our job base from within our existing companies by focusing on our top, medium and small businesses and supercharge them with support from our academic, commercial and IDA resources."
Vince Horrigan, Republican county executive candidate, lays out the first step of his three-part plan Tuesday morning at Digitell Inc.
P-J photo by Liz Skoczylas
Horrigan used the example of Digitell, a high-tech company which has doubled in size in the past 18 months, and specializes in webinar hosting and live streaming support for business and industry across the United States, saving their customers thousands of dollars in travel costs.
"Over the next five years, there will be a significant number of jobs that will become available because of retirement," Horrigan said. "We must be sure that we can fill those jobs with a quality workforce that will enable these companies to grow in productivity."
Horrigan plans to grow existing businesses by concentrating on the top 100 existing medium and small businesses with academic, marketing, technology and IDA resources to grow jobs. Additionally, he said he will invest in regional infrastructure improvements to support new investment and jobs to include the North County Water System and the Chautauqua Lake Sewer System.
Horrigan also said he aggressively supports agri-business with Cornell Cooperative program support and marketing campaigns; plans to maintain the county's lakes and harbors by implementing the SAV management plan and dredging Lake Erie harbors; will grow the county's tourism year-round economy through expanding equestrian and snowmobiles; challenges every nonprofit to host a regional and/or national conference in Chautauqua County; and will promote a live here, buy here mentality.
During the press conference, Horrigan revealed he would be at the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville to outline the second aspect of his plan, which is lean government.
"All over our nation and around the world, successful businesses are using the concepts of lean thinking in manufacturing, service delivery and product development," he said. "In my Air Force career, these management concepts are how we increased our combat capability while containing our costs. At the Red Cross of Southwestern NY, I led regional restructuring initiatives across Western New York, which cut overhead costs while expanding our capacity to deliver high-quality services. As county executive, I will reach down into our work force to challenge and incentivize our employees to find new and better ways to deliver value-based services for our taxpayers.
"Rather than just updating the standard budget items year after year, I will require that our departments think anew with technology, collaboration and outcomes guiding their day-to-day business operations. I will start with a clean slate of ideas which will make innovation, productivity and recognition the standard operating procedure of the county workforce," Horrigan said.
Finally, Horrigan said he would be joined by U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, state Sen. Catharine Young, R-C-I-Olean and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Chautauqua County, on Tuesday afternoon at the opening of his campaign headquarters, located on Central Avenue in Dunkirk, at which time he would discuss the third aspect of his plan, focusing on his increased opportunity agenda.
"When I talk about increased opportunity through job readiness, work experience and subsidized employment, I am focusing on our significant population that are unemployable and dependent on public assistance through taxpayer subsidies," Horrigan said. "It is our moral obligation as well as good business practice to redouble our efforts to move those in poverty to self sufficiency through effective training, job coaching, meaningful accountability and measured results which are outcome-based."
In closing, Horrigan acknowledged that his business plan is large in scope and challenging in the minds of those who are more comfortable with the status quo.
"All my life, I have been committed to service with my broad experience in military service to our nation, humanitarian service to those in need and public service to the citizens of Chautauqua County," he said. "I have been an effective leader, and have never let the brick throwers deter the brick layers. If you only see obstacles, you have taken your eye off the goal."
The details of Horrigan's business plan for growing Chautauqua County can be found and downloaded on his website, www.horriganforexecutive.com. He also invited the public to visit the Horrigan campaign headquarters at 417 Central Ave. in Dunkirk, and advised to call ahead at 363-6888 due to limited hours during the summer. He can also be emailed at email@example.com. Physical mail can be sent to: Committee to Elect Vince Horrigan, P.O. Box 226, Bemus Point, NY 14712.