Chautauqua County Economic Development Organizational Plan Report
Find Yourself in Chautauqua County
Welcome to Chautauqua County — an affordable, accessible, naturally beautiful place to live, work, play, laugh, and learn all year long. Take a closer look at New York’s far western region. As a predominantly rural community, Chautauqua County offers a unique blend of cultural, historic, educational, and recreational attractions coupled with an environment primly suited to start, build, or expand a business or find employment. The cost of living here is 25 percent less than the national average, and well-paying jobs with advanced manufacturers are readily available. The unemployment rate is low, while resources for training and workforce development are exceptional.This combination creates the opportunity for residents, business owners, and employees of all skill levels to live a well-rounded and fulfilling lifestyle. If you like what you see, please contact the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA).
Growing Food Connections: University at Buffalo study “Food to Table”
Double A Vineyards/Dennis Rak
Dennis Rak of Double A Vineyards. Dennis is a long-time CCIDA Board Member, highly recognized in the local grape industry, and a board member of National Grape Cooperative. Find his bio here if you hover over his picture: https://ccida.com/about/board-members/
Small Business Development Center
Free & Confidential Small Business Consulting Services
Start-Up New York
START-UP NY creates tax free zones and other incentives to businesses locating on or near approved colleges and universities throughout New York State, with the goal of attracting businesses that would not otherwise locate in the State.
Clean Energy Credits
Chautauqua County just joined the Energy Improvement Corporation program known as Energize NY, opening the gateway to their commercial and residential programs. The 1st point of contact is our County Department of Planning and Economic Development and for more information please explore the website.
National Grid (electric provider)
National Fuel (natural gas provider)
Financing & Local/State Incentives
https://ccida.com/financial/financial-incentives/ Loan funds and tax abatements.
Empire State Development (NYS Incentives)
https://esd.ny.gov/regions/western-new-york Loans, grants, fully refundable tax credits, utility incentives, jobs tax credits, etc.
Western Region Corporation Financing
http://westernregioncorp.org/ Look at Regional and also Downtown Revitalization loans
Southern Tier Venture Fund
NYS Alliance Fund
Chautauqua County Comprehensive Plan