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Athenex outlines plans for job opportunities to development panel

May 25, 2016
By Todd J. Tranum - President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Sou , Westfield Republican

It is estimated that Athenex will bring 900 jobs to Chautauqua County, many of which will be production operators, production mechanics, lab technicians and warehouse associates. This major economic development project presents significant good paying opportunities to job seekers in the region and to students currently in our school districts, colleges and universities. The need for a workforce with strong Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is on the increase and our community will need to coordinate and maximize our human resources and infrastructure to embrace the opportunity. Importantly as well, this project will bring opportunity for existing companies to provide services and be part of the supply chain that supports the new plant. It is exciting to have a high tech pharmaceutical manufacturing plant coming to Chautauqua County. This project adds to an already diverse base of industries in the region.

Teresa Bair, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Legal Affairs at Athenex, outlined the opportunities during a meeting of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation Local Economic Development Committee this past week. With many attendees from local higher education at SUNY Fredonia and Jamestown Community College, she was speaking to the right audience. While there is not a firm timetable yet for construction of the advanced manufacturing facility, Bair pointed out that hiring for available jobs would begin well before the facility is operational, since training for the jobs will take time.

Michael Fancher, Vice President for Business Development and Economic Outreach at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, demonstrated that the Dunkirk facility is an extension of the existing nanotechnology corridor, which essentially runs along the State Thruway between Albany and Dunkirk. SUNY Polytechnic has developed a unique public-private system that integrates education and business in a seamless approach that runs from research to development to deployment for emerging technologies.

We could not agree more with County Executive Vince Horrigan who enthusiastically describes economic growth in Chautauqua County as a "new wave." It is exciting to see the variety of advancements taking place right now countywide in a cross section of industries including manufacturing, tourism, small business, and agriculture. From Dunkirk to Jamestown to Ashville to Findley Lake, Chautauqua County has plenty to offer across a broad range of economic sectors and the Athenex project will add to the diversity of our businesses in the community. As the county's premier business associations, the Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturers Association look forward to working closely with our members and new businesses as they develop and grow here.

Bair summed up nicely when she said, "We look forward to opportunities to get to know one another better. We want to engage with the community, learn what is already here, and figure out how we can help one another moving forward."

County Executive Breakfast June 3

County Executive Vince Horrigan will outline the Athenex development, as well as additional economic development projects and other opportunities Chautauqua County, during the annual Chamber of Commerce County Executive Breakfast, Friday, June 3 at Webb's Year Round Resort in Mayville. Breakfast begins at 8:30, with registration opening at 8am.

The County Executive Breakfast is sponsored by: Chautauqua Institution, DFT Communications, Fredonia College Foundation, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown Mattress Company, Lawley Insurance, Nestle Purina PetCare, Observer, Phillips Lytle LLP, The Post-Journal, Southern Tier Environments for Living, Star Media Group, WCA Hospital, and WJTN/SE-93/WKSN/WHUG/WQFX. To make reservations, please call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101, or register online at www.chautauquachamber.org/events.

Chamber networking cookout in a unique

setting June 16

All Chamber of Commerce members are invited to attend a unique Experience Chautauqua Networking Event on June 16. This event will feature distinctive food created on site at the spectacular Stone & Outdoor Living Center at 4320 Bayview Road in Bemus Point! Stone & Outdoor Living Center is a retail specialty provider of stone, hardscape work, and everything for outdoor living and cooking. Specialty barbecue items made on site in the Big Green Egg grill and pizza oven will be served, as well as other appetizers.

Sponsors for this special event are M & T Bank, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, and Star Media Group. The cost is just $10 for pre-registered guests or $12 for walk-ins at the door. To register, call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101 or find us online at www.chautauquachamber.org/events.

Member survey is

now open online

We strongly encourage all members of the Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association to complete our member survey! Questions center around Chamber programs and services and on how we can better support your business and the entire local business community. A link to our online survey in SurveyMonkey was included in our regular Chautauqua Business Weekly email last Monday and will be included each week for the next several weeks. A direct link to the survey is also available from our website home page at www.chautauquachamber.org. It takes just a short time to respond, but your input is very valuable to our board and staff as we prepare for strategic planning this summer. Responses are confidential and we sincerely appreciate your feedback!

 
 
 

 

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