County IDA relocates to incubator

The State University of New York at Fredonia’s Technology Incubator is welcoming the relocation of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency’s northern county offices to its facility, located in the central business district of Dunkirk.

The move will provide greater coordination as the university launches its StartUp NY plan and enhances services to its entrepreneurs located in the Technology Incubator. Kevin Kearns, Fredonia’s vice President of engagement and economic development, said the university, local governments and are working in greater partnership to attract, grow and retain businesses and jobs in the county. The Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development employees will also have a presence in the new location, providing more access to services across the county.

“The greater our coordination and partnership on job creation, business development and enhancing the region’s entrepreneurial culture, the better chance we have to significantly impact the economic vitality of Chautauqua County,” Dr. Kearns said. “The county executive and the (IDA and Planning Department) Director are effectively leading us in this direction, away from fragmentation and toward a coalesced strategy and structure. (They) are a welcome addition to our Technology Incubator.”

IDA executive director and chief executive officer Kevin Sanvidge said the move will provide staff with more opportunities to interact with small businesses and the university’s economic development programs and School of Business.

“This move provides us with an opportunity for greater coordination with the university and more opportunities to assist business start-ups in this facility and the community,” Sanvidge explained.

Recently the IDA and Planning Department created a portal on the IDA website to better coordinate the county’s StartUp NY program, which Fredonia and Jamestown Community College are administering. The office includes IDA Project Manager Kristine Morabito, and the Department of Planning and Economic Development staff will use the space as a satellite office.

Sanvidge will establish office hours in the new space as well.