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Welcome Southern Airways to Chautauqua County

July 13, 2016
By Todd J. Tranum - President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Sout , Westfield Republican

Southern Airways, based in Memphis, purchased Sun Air Express in February and this month will formally launch its new brand at the Chautauqua County Airport in Jamestown. This culminates a four-month effort leading to additional aircraft, doubling the crew size based in Jamestown, better flight times, and more options for passengers.

Southern Airways is reinvesting in all of the communities it serves. To show off its improvements, it will host a Takeoff Party and Ribbon Cutting from 5-7pm on Tuesday, July 19 at the Chautauqua County Airport. The event will include hors d'oeuvres, wine, soft drinks, and a craft beer tasting, as well as tours of the new Southern Airways aircraft and a meet and greet with pilots, executives and owners. There will be door prizes and ticket giveaways. Everyone present will be entered into the grand prize drawing: round trip air fare for two on Southern Airways to Pittsburgh with continuing service to Las Vegas and a two-night stay. For more information or to RSVP call 800-329-0485.

With renewed economic growth throughout Chautauqua County in both the manufacturing and tourism sectors, we are very pleased to see not only the continuation of passenger air service locally, but growth in that service. Transportation has long been an important issue for economic development in our county, and this is a positive step in the right direction. We invite you to join us in welcoming Southern Airways to Chautauqua County on July 19.

Experience Chautauqua County Fair Preview is July 21

Each year the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to provide a sneak peek into what's new at the County Fair. This years' Experience Chautauqua Networking Event at the Fairgrounds is Thursday, July 21. You can learn what's new at the fairgrounds and in our local agricultural community with brief presentations by Fair President Dave Wilson and Chautauqua County Farm Bureau President Dick Kimball. This event is sponsored by DFT Communications, KeyBank, Lawley Insurance, Nestle Purina PetCare, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, Putnam Record Insurance Agency, Star Media Group, and WJTN/WWSE/WKSN/WHUG/WQFX. The cost is just $11 for pre-registered guests or $13 for walk-ins at the gate. There will be complementary beer, wine slushies, bottled water, or soda, and free fair food. Bring your business card for a chance to win great door prizes!

Boost Your Business with Facebook: July 27

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Development Center, JCC Continuing Education, and Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau are working in partnership to bring Boost Your Business with Facebook to Jamestown on July 27. This event will be held at JCC's Jamestown campus from 9:30am-Noon. It will include a presentation by a Facebook executive and small business marketing experts, in addition to a small business panel with time for questions and answers. Representative Tom Reed will be a special guest and the event will close with the giveaway of three $500 Facebook ad credits. Winners must be present to win. Watch for additional information online about this event and check the Chamber Facebook page for more details and a registration link.

Mayville-Chautauqua Chamber Summer Concert Series

The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce summer Entertainment in the Park concert series continues on today with Blue Mule Band. This bluegrass band performance will run from 6:30-8:30 at Lakeside Park in Mayville. Rainbow the Clown will also be on hand to entertain the children. This concert series is held every Thursday in July and August. All performances take place at the Gazebo and attendees should bring their own seating. In case of inclement weather the concerts are moved indoors to the adjacent Carlson Community Center. A drawing held during each performance benefits the Community Chamber. In addition, the Maple Springs Fire Department will sell chicken or hamburger dinners to benefit their department and the Mayville Fire Department will supply popcorn and water for donations. The concerts are free of charge through the generous sponsorship of the Town of Chautauqua and Village of Mayville.

Play Where the Pros Play: Chamber Golf Tournament August 11

Local golfers can play where the pros play by registering for the Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament. Enjoy a tremendous day of golf and camaraderie on the Upper Course at Peek'n Peak, plus great prize packages and food! The Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is August 11 and is sponsored by: DFT Communications, County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency, Community Bank, Dahlstrom Roll Form, Jamestown Mattress Company, Koester Associates, Lake Shore Savings Bank, Lawley Insurance, Lictus Oil and Propane, Lynn Development Group, National Fuel Gas, National Grid, Shults Auto Group. To register or learn more call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101 or visit

Take the Chamber-MAST Membership Survey and You Could Win $100

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier are conducting a membership survey. The data we compile will help us expand and improve the services we provide. This simple online survey should take just 10 minutes to complete. Information you enter is confidential. If you choose to provide your contact information at the end, you will be entered into a drawing for $100 worth of ShopTauqua Chamber Gift Checks from the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. There is a direct link to our Membership Survey from our homepage at We appreciate your feedback.



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