The county legislature has an opportunity to save jobs in Chautauqua County. Failing to sell the County Home risks losing those good jobs and with it the great local talent of the people who work at the home.
I recently had the opportunity to speak with one of my peers at the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Ulster County went through the sale of their County Home a year ago. Interestingly, Ulster County sold the home to VestraCare who has offered to purchase the Chautauqua County Home.
Ulster County went through many of the same motions as we are here in Chautauqua County. There was concern for job loss if the home were sold, there was concern about continuing the quality of care that had been delivered at the home, fulfilling the obligation to those who live and receive care at the facility, the financial stability of the home, and the ongoing implications for taxpayers concerned about the operation of the home.
Just like our Chamber, the Ulster County Chamber witnessed and was party to a great deal of spirited discussion around the role of county government and selling adult care facilities. The Ulster County Regional Chamber ultimately supported the sale of the County Home to VestraCare. Based on our discussions with Ulster County Chamber officials, VestraCare has been well received by that community and has done a great job of running that facility. VestraCare is the type of private investor we should be inviting to our community that will preserve and very likely grow job opportunities in Chautauqua County.
We ask our County Legislators to make the right decision for the employees and residents of the county home, the right decision for the broader interests of the community, and the right business decision for Chautauqua County. Sell the County Home.
Join Us Oct. 17 To Honor Community Leaders
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet pays tribute to the hard work and dedication of many individuals and organizations that make positive contributions in our communities. This year's event will honor County Executive Greg Edwards as Person of the Year; Lake Shore Savings Bank with the Economic Development Award. The six Community Chambers of Commerce will present Community Service Awards as follows: Dunkirk, Doug Fenton; Fredonia, Tim Eades; Hanover, Matt Bogosian; Jamestown, Terry Frank and Dennis Webster; Mayville-Chautauqua, Access Channel 5; and Westfield-Barcelona, Nancy Hanks.
Everyone in Chautauqua County is invited to join us in saluting these very deserving award winners during the Chamber's Annual Awards Banquet, which will be held Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Williams Center on the SUNY Fredonia campus. This event is sponsored by: DFT Communications, Lake Erie Regional Health System of NY, Liazon Corp., the OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, and SUNY Fredonia. Reservations are required. You can register online at www.chautauquachamber.org or call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101.
Health Insurance Informational And Enrollment Meetings
There is no doubt that this past week has been intense in the world of health insurance. With people anxious to learn about the new online health insurance exchange systems, we want to be sure businesses know the Chamber is still an important resource. In fact, the Chamber has invested the time and resources to learn about the Affordable Care Act, and can assist you in identifying the best options for you, your business, and your employees through a variety of exchange programs.
We invite you to attend one of our Information and Enrollment meetings coming up:
Tuesday, Oct. 8 - 5:30 p.m. - KeyBank, 369 E. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood
Wednesday, Oct. 9 - 7:30 a.m. - Tom's Family Restaurant, 935 Routes 5 & 20, Irving
Wednesday, Oct. 9 - 5:30 p.m. - Chautauqua Marina, 104 West Lake Road, Mayville
Thursday, Oct. 10 - 7:30 a.m. - Community Bank, 1982 E. Main St., Falconer
Thursday, Oct. 10 - 5:30 p.m. - Fredonia Place, 50 Howard St., Fredonia
Friday, Oct. 11 - 7:30 a.m. - Eason Hall, 20 Elm St., Westfield
These events are sponsored by Blackstone Business Enterprises, Health Republic, KeyBank, and Univera. The Chamber of Commerce is committed to helping you identify the health insurance plan that best meets your needs. If you have questions give us a call at 366-6200 or 484-1101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our First Ever Restaurant Week: Oct. 21-27
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to offer a first of its kind event in Chautauqua County. Restaurant Week will be held Oct. 21-27 and is being sponsored by Maplevale Farms and Putnam Record Agency.
Designed to celebrate our cultural variety and fabulous dining establishments countywide, Restaurant Week will highlight participating restaurants from all around Chautauqua County. Each restaurant has been challenged to come up with a special offering for customers or a creative "signature" dish for the week. Participating restaurants will receive a special marketing kit and will be included in the Chamber's Restaurant Week advertising in local media. The complete list of participating restaurants will be available on the Chamber website at www.chautauquachamber.org.
Restaurants can still be included by contacting the Chamber no later than Monday, Oct. 7 at 484-1101 or 366-6200.