Sanvidge to speak at Meeting of the Minds

JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation will host a Meeting of the Minds reception July 16 at the Robert H. Jackson Center. Kevin Sanvidge, Chief Executive Officer of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency and Director of the Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development, is the featured guest.

Sanvidge was appointed CEO by County Executive Vince Horrigan during a special session of the Chautauqua Country Legislature on May 21. He replaced retiring CEO Bill Daly and began his duties May 31.

Beginning at 4:30 p.m., guests will have the opportunity to mingle with Sanvidge and other guests. Greg Peterson will interview Sanvidge on his accomplishments and vision for the future of Chautauqua County.

Previously, Sanvidge served as Executive Vice President of Administration for Cliffstar Corporation from 1999-2011. Prior to that, he worked at AL Tech Specialty Steel Corporation for 21 years, where he served in various management positions, including Vice President of Administration.

Although Sanvidge retired in 2011, he has stayed involved in the community, serving as a Board of Directors member for Lake Shore Savings Bank, Chairman of the bank’s Compensation Committee, and also a member of its Corporate Governance Committee. Kevin is also on the Board of Directors for ECR International, Chairman of its Compensation Committee, and member of the Audit Committee. He is a former Chairman of the County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served throughout the evening. Guests are encouraged to RSVP to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation by Friday by calling 661-3390, or emailing Sarah Marciniak at