Local Economic Development Committee spawns advisory committee

The Northern Chautau-qua County Local Economic Development Committee has announced the formation of a new Advisory Committee.

The new members of the LED Advisory Committee include: Doug Manly; retired CEO, RedWing Corporation; Sue Briggs, Destinations Plus; Rosemary Banach, Dunkirk Flavors; Bart Sobczyk, NRG; Kenneth Johnson, Fieldbrook Farms Ice Cream; John Rawlinson, Westfield Chamber of Commerce; George “Pete” Holt, Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate; Russell Boisjoly; School of Business, SUNY Fredonia; Chuck Notaro; retired Director, SUNY Fredonia Faculty Student Association; Joe Pisoni, LED Gateway Subcommittee.

“The addition of this Advisory Committee adds dedicated, experienced professionals who are highly respected throughout the region,” stated Jay Warren, LED Committee Chair. “They will make significant contributions to our work.”

The Advisory Committee joins the Northern Chautau-qua Community Founda-tion’s full Local Economic Development Committee. Its members include:

  • Diane Hannum; Executive Director, NCCF
  • Peter Clark; President, NCCF
  • John Jay Warren, Graf Realty Corporation (LED Committee Chair)
  • Tom England; ME&A, Bethesda, MD (Executive Committee)
  • Lou Elias, retired owner/operator, Jim’s Cleaners (Executive Committee)
  • Gina Paradis, iKoss (Executive Committee)
  • Aaron Resnick, Westfield Development Corporation (Executive Committee)
  • Rick Johnson, Johnson Mackowiak & Associates LLP
  • John Walker, Cott Beverages
  • Lou DiPalma, Lakeshore Savings
  • Sham Bahgat, Bahgat & Laurito-Bahgat CPAs
  • Eileen Lash, Shale Research Institute
  • Kelly Borrello, Sunset Bay Beach Club and Cabana Sams
  • Richard Alexander, Alexander and Associates
  • John Ames, LED Committee Secretary

The Committee’s strategic plan targets the needs and potentials of the Northern Chautauqua region. At the same time, it is consistent with existing county and regional economic development initiatives. This includes active support of the Chautauqua County 20/20 Plan, the Southern Tier West Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, the Buffalo-Niagara Enterprise framework, and the Western NY Regional Economic Development Council’s Strategic Plan.

Diane Hannum, Executive Director of the NCCF, has been actively engaged in developing the LED Committee from its beginning.

“The Foundation developed this committee to build on our mission to enrich the area in which we live and work,” she stated. “We have long committed ourselves to providing leadership and resources in addressing local challenges and opportunities. We’re proud of the local leaders who have stepped forward to assist us in this effort.”

The Northern Chautauqua County LED Committee is a private-sector led committee, initiated by the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. It works to spur economic development in Northern Chautauqua County, focusing on the communities within the Lake Erie watershed; the towns of Ripley, Westfield, Portland, Pomfret, Dunkirk, Sheridan and Hanover; the villages of Silver Creek, Fredonia, Brocton, and Westfield; and the City of Dunkirk.

The NCCF is one of nearly 700 community foundations in the United State today. Founded in 1986, the NCCF is dedicated to improving the community through the promotion of local philanthropy, strategic grant making, and community leadership. Served by a small staff and governed by an all-volunteer board of directors, the organization has distributed over $8.8 million in the form of grants and scholarships within the community. Truly community in nature, the NCCF is an organization created by and for the people of northern Chautauqua County.

Anyone interested in learning more about the NCCF LED Committee can contact the NCCF offices at 366-1270, or John Jay Warren, Committee Chair, at 679-8654.