IDA plans Start-Up NY event

New businesses seeking information about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Start-Up NY initiative will have the opportunity to have their questions answered by local representatives at the end of the month.

Bill Daly, executive director for the Chautauqua County Industrial Develop-ment Agency, announced Tuesday morning that a special seminar will be held at Chautauqua Suites in Mayville on Wednesday, April 30, from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

All interested parties are welcome.

The session will include presentations from John Sayegh, vice president of Jamestown Community College’s Cattaraugus County campus; Cory Duckworth, JCC president; Kevin Kearns, vice president for engagement and economic development at SUNY Fredonia; and Ginny Horvath, president of SUNY Fredonia.

Both colleges are important to the success of Start-Up NY, as businesses must operate on or near academic campuses in order to receive tax incentives, which are the basis of the initiative.

“Our plan for the program was accepted by SUNY’s board of directors this week,” Duckworth said at Tuesday morning’s meeting of the IDA. “It’s at their level now, and it will be less than two weeks before we receive their notification that it was approved.”

Start-Up NY has been highly anticipated since Cuomo launched the program in October.

Duckworth suggested at a February meeting that interested businesses seek information from himself and Kearns as soon as possible in order to make the process easier when the program actually begins in Chautauqua County.

Interested businesses must not pose competition for existing businesses in the community and commit to the creation of new jobs.

Registration for the event at Chautauqua Suites will begin at 8 a.m., and refreshments will be provided.

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