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PGA tourney’s return to Peek’n Peak offers opportunities for county

March 17, 2016
By Todd J. Tranum - President & CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the South , Westfield Republican

Chautauqua County has an extraordinary opportunity this coming summer to show itself to the world in new ways! The return of a PGA golf tournament to Peek'n Peak Resort presents some opportunities for golfers and others in our county, including tourism related businesses and any organization holding an activity-based event.

The Lecom Health Challenge is an officially sanctioned event of the PGA Tour's Tour, scheduled for July 4-10 at Peek'n Peak in Clymer. Rising stars in the world of professional golf will participate in the tournament, which is a four day event sponsored by LECOM (Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine) and hosted by the Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation. The event will be televised on the Golf Channel all four days in the U.S., plus international distribution.

Long known for an outstanding variety of golf courses that attract players at all levels, Chautauqua County is also the quintessential summer vacation destination. Now, to coincide with the PGA event and to highlight the broad range of healthy recreational options available here, the county invites visitors and guests to Get Into Summer, June 24-July 17. Get Into Summer is a three week celebration of events that will include the golf tournament while also promoting a host of other activities from fishing and swimming to cycling, boating, and more. Get Into Summer encourages one and all to Get Active, Get Healthy, and Get Going, by participating in races or just getting out to play! Bring the family or bring some friends, and you're certain to find activities to suit you during Get Into Summer!

Get Into Summer is a promotional focus of the County Economic Development Corporation, the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, and the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. Together, we are working to encourage families and groups to get out and play! For a growing list of activities and events included in Get Into Summer, see the CCVB website at You are certain to find something to pique a renewed interest in physical fitness as we kick off the summer season! If your business or organization is hosting a recreational event during that three week summer period, we encourage you to provide information to CCVB for inclusion on the Get Into Summer calendar of events. You can find them online or call CCVB at 866-908-4569. To stay up to date on events and activities year-round in Chautauqua County, download the Visit Chautauqua County NY app for your mobile device, available on the App Store or Google Play.

We also invite you to watch for additional opportunities to be announced for local business people and residents to participate in events around the LECOM Summer Challenge PGA event.

MAST meeting today

The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier will hold its annual meeting today at Jamestown Community College in Jamestown. The event is being held in conjunction with the STEM Wars career and technology event, and will be held in the Katharine Jackson Carnahan Theatre at noon. The guest speaker will be Nadine Powell, Business Development and Engagement for Buffalo Manufacturing Works. The meeting will also include the election of board members and officers for the coming year.

The cost for lunch is $20 and all local manufacturers and business people are invited to attend. The MAST Annual Meeting is sponsored by Blackstone Advanced Technologies, Lumsden & McCormick, OBSERVER, Star Media Group, and The Post-Journal. Please call 484-1101 to register or you may register online through the Chautauqua County Chamber website at

Chamber legislative breakfast April 15

Each year the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce provides opportunities for its members to have a direct conversation with elected officials from each level of government. This year, the State Legislative Breakfast will be held April 15 at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club. Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell will provide their insights about legislation in Albany and be available for questioning from the audience. This event is sponsored by Affinity One Federal Credit Union, Chautauqua Institution, Cummins, Inc., DFT Communications, Jamestown Mattress Company, Nestle Purina PetCare, Serta Mattress Company, State University of New York at Fredonia, and WCA Hospital. The cost to attend is just $18 per person. Advanced registration is requested.

Jamestown Salute to the Finest April 13

Save the date for the annual Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce Salute to the Finest awards celebration on Wednesday, April 13. This year's event will be held at Moon Brook Country Club with a social hour beginning at 5pm, followed by dinner and program at 6pm. Invitations will be sent this coming week providing additional details about all of the award winners and watch this column for more information to be announced soon!

Business Over Bagels session set for April 27

More and more employers are learning about potential hires online, but is that a good thing or a bad thing? Have you wondered what your rights are as an employer when it comes to hiring in this era of social media? Explore this topic when the Chamber and Jamestown Community College Continuing Education host the next Business Over Bagels session on Wednesday, April 27 at the JCC North Training Center, Bennett Road, Dunkirk. This informative session on "Hiring Rules in the Era of Social Media" will be held from 8:30-10am, featuring instructor Lisa Powell Fortna, Certified Human Resource Professional. Watch for more details to be announced shortly.



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