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Horrigan makes great choice in Sanvidge for IDA

May 29, 2014
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 / Mayville Sentinel News

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce congratulates Kevin Sanvidge, who was named this past week to fill a critical slot in the administration of County Executive Vince Horrigan. Sanvidge will hold the dual job of Executive Director of the Industrial Development Agency for Chautauqua County, and Director of the County's Planning and Economic Development Department.

Kevin brings strong private sector and community perspective to the position. He is a former Chairman of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and for several years chaired the Chamber/MAST Public Policy Committee. He is a member of the board of directors for Lake Shore Savings Bank, chairs its Compensation Committee, and is a member of its Corporate Governance Committee. He was Executive Vice President of Administration for the former Cliffstar Corporation from 1999-2011, and earlier worked at AL Tech Specialty Steel Corporation for 21 years, where he served in various management positions including Vice President of Administration.

Kevin Sanvidge is an excellent choice to lead the county's economic development efforts. His business background in Chautauqua County provides him with an important perspective on job creation and business growth. He has also taken an active role in advocating for important business policy issues at the local, state, and national levels.

At the Chamber and MAST we not only enjoyed working with Kevin in his volunteer roles here, but we learned a great deal from him as well. He is both a good listener and a leader. He brings a voice of reason to any discussion, and was always a thoughtful and well-spoken representative for our organizations.

We commend County Executive Horrigan for his choice. Bill Daly, who is retiring from the post at the end of this month, left big shoes to fill. Kevin Sanvidge will wear them well.

County Executive Breakfast June 6

Each year the Chamber of Commerce provides an opportunity for its members to meet directly with the County Executive and ask questions. This year, with Vince Horrigan new in the role of County Executive, and with a number of important issues facing county government, we expect the business community to turn out in force for this event.

The County Executive Breakfast will be held Friday, June 6 at the White Inn in Fredonia. Breakfast begins at 8:30, with registration opening at 8am.

The event is sponsored by: Chadwick Bay Broadcasting, Chautauqua Institution, Crown Benefits Group, DFT Communications, SUNY Fredonia, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown Jammers Baseball, Jamestown Mattress Company, KeyBank, M & T Bank, Nestle Purina PetCare, OBSERVER, Phillips Lytle LLP, The Post-Journal, Serta Mattress Company, SKF Aeroengine North America, Southern Tier Environments for Living, Univera Healthcare, WCA Hospital, and WJTN/WWSE/WKSN/WHUG/WQFX. To make reservations, please call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101, or register online at

Touch-A-Truck and Chamber/Aspire Night at the Jammers

Home opener weekend for the Jamestown Jammers promises to be terrific this year, with two fabulous events on tap for Saturday, June 14 that will be fun for the whole family!

The first is Touch-A-Truck, to be held just outside Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park from 4:30 7:00pm. This special afternoon will allow people of all ages to up "up close and personal" with vehicles they may not have had a chance to see before, ranging from specialty cars to trucks of all sizes and for all uses. The carnival atmosphere will also include music, a dunk tank and bounce houses by Bounce About Inflatables and food by 3C's Catering. Unique vehicles signed up to participate are a semi, cement mixer, Zamboni, emergency response vehicle, police, ambulance, and fire vehicles, an off-road dump truck, John Deer equipment, and many other exciting trucks to explore! Touch-A-Truck is free to attend and is sponsored by Aspire of WNY, Shults Auto Group, Jamestown Jammers Baseball, and the Jamestown Community and Chautauqua County Chambers of Commerce.

Then, at 7pm, the Jammers game begins. It's Chamber Night at the Ballpark, which means Chamber members can contact the Chamber for free tickets to the game! You can also purchase tickets to win one of two amazing top prizes: a Pittsburgh Weekend Getaway which includes 4 tickets to the August 30 Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Reds game, an overnight stay at any Pittsburgh Red Roof Inn, and a $100 Visa gift card; or a 55" Vizio LED TV! All prizes have been generously donated by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Jamestown Jammers, Red Roof Inn, and the Jamestown Community and Chautauqua County Chambers of Commerce. Additional second chance prizes are being donated by Jamestown Chamber members. You do not need to be present to win, but we would love to see you at the game!

Kick Off Summer with the Chamber at Sunset Bay June 19

Join your friends from the Chamber of Commerce in an event to help kick off the summer season right! The next Experience Chautauqua Networking Event will be held at Cabana Sam's Sunset Bay Grill on the beautiful beach at Lake Erie, Thursday, June 19 from 5:00-6:30pm.

The Chamber is proud to hold this event at such a tremendous venue, to make it not only a kick-off for the summer beach season, but also a thank you to the many Chautauqua County businesses who were instrumental in the Repower Dunkirk movement to be certain that NRG would have a presence in our county for years to come.

This networking event is sponsored by Casella Waste Services, Jamestown Jammers Baseball, Liazon Corporation, OBSERVER, Putnam Record Insurance Agency, and The Post-Journal. It's just $10 for Chamber members who are pre-registered, or $12 at the door. It will include a cash bar, free appetizers, lots of door prizes, and great opportunities to network with your fellow Chamber members. Register now by calling 366-6200 or 484-1101 or sign up online at



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