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Chautauqua County Chamber Of Commerce

May 10, 2009
Westfield Republican
Last Chance To Register For Safety And Health Roundtable There is still time to register for the first series of Safety and Health Roundtables entitled - “Bloodborne Pathogens” presented by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturers Association on Wednesday, May 13. In March 1992, OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030 took effect. This standard was designed to prevent more than 200 deaths and 9,000 bloodborne infections every year. While the standard was primarily aimed at hospitals, funeral homes, nursing homes, clinics, law enforcement agencies, emergency responders, and HIV/HBV research laboratories, anyone who can “reasonably expect to come in contact with blood or potentially infectious materials” as part of their job is covered by the standard. This Safety Roundtable is designed to provide a basic understanding of bloodborne pathogens, common modes of their transmission, methods of prevention, and other pertinent information. The Bloodborne Pathogens roundtable will be held at the Manufacturing Technology Institute (MTI), Jamestown, NY. Registration begins at 11:45 a.m. and program to follow at 12:00 p.m. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. To register for this event visit Registration For Annual County Executive Breakfast Open The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce will convene its annual County Executive Breakfast on Friday, May 29, 2009 at the Williams Center on the SUNY Fredonia campus. Chamber members will once again be provided an audience with County Executive Greg Edwards. The main focus of the County Executive Breakfast is to shed light on the questions and concerns submitted by the business community. The Chamber is soliciting question submissions from registrants and will be collecting questions at the event itself. Advance reservations are requested and an admission fee will be charged. Check-in for the event begins at 8:00 a.m. followed by a sit-down breakfast and program at 8:30 a.m. The County Executive Breakfast is sponsored by Advertising Advantage, Chautauqua Institution, Cummins, Inc., DFT Communications, Jamestown Community College, Nestle Purina, NRG Dunkirk Power, OBSERSVER, Phillips Lytle, LLP, Post-Journal, Serta Mattress, SKF Aeroengine, Southern Tier Environments for Living, The Maytum Company and WJTN/WWSE/WKSN/WHUG/WQFX. For more information or to register, contact the Chamber at 716-366-6200 or 716-484-1101, or register online at Rural Learning Network Hosting Development Presentation The Rural Learning Network (RLN) will host its next conference: Promoting Regional Assets for Community and Economic Development at the Radisson Hotel in Corning, New York on May 13, 2009. RLN has lined up several speakers from the region who will discuss different assets and how we can better promote them. Our keynote speaker and our luncheon speaker have advised communities throughout the U.S. on asset-based community and economic development, and we are especially pleased to have them speak at our conference. This conference is being sponsored by Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Department of Development Sociology Community and Rural Development Institute (CaRDI), Pipeline4Progress and New York State Association of Counties. New York State and the country as a whole are experiencing difficult economic times, but Central and Western New York are rich in assets that we believe can help us get through this economic crisis. The many lakes, gorges and waterfalls in our state parks and elsewhere in the region are of incomparable beauty. Finger Lakes wineries win awards, their numbers are growing, and they draw many tourists to the region. Our educational institutions lead efforts to improve a climate of entrepreneurship and to train a skilled workforce. Arts and cultural opportunities abound in the region, as exemplified by the Corning Museum of Glass, the Clemens Center, several art trails, the Chautauqua Institution and others too numerous to mention. Agricultural history and current activities in food and agriculture are important to the livelihoods of farmers and the health of the region’s population. The region’s food and agriculture are represented by such organizations as the New York Wine and Culinary Center, Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty, Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association and the Growers Grape Juice Cooperative. This conference will engage participants to arrive at shared understandings of how different assets in the region assist and support one another. And, we will explore the relationship between capacity building and the promotion and development of assets. Regional assets are key building blocks in sustainable regional revitalization efforts. Assets may include a skilled workforce, vital community organizations, the resources of public, private and non-profit institutions and the physical and economic resources of localities. Among the numerous lenses through which we can view regional assets are tourism, education, entrepreneurship, arts and culture, natural resources, agriculture and history, and we emphasize these and others in this conference. The RLN sponsors these programs to enhance the quality of public and private decision-making with evidence-based information and technical assistance. When people come together to learn from each other about research, educational programs, and government/private sector initiatives, we can enhance community development, economic opportunity and the quality of life of our citizens. The RLN region is comprised of Allegany, Cattaragus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates Counties. “Through inter-local cooperation among rural communities, we can address problems and take advantage of opportunities to better utilize our local and regional assets in rural central and western New York,” Joe Pillittere, CCE of Chautauqua County and a RLN Project Leader, said. For more information or to register for the conference visit


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