Business Council Brings Legislative Agenda To County

The Business Council of New York State offers regional briefings each year on the executive budget, and this year will be hosting a session in Chautauqua County.

The leading business organization in New York state, the Business Council represents the interests of large and small firms. Its membership includes thousands of companies, chambers of commerce, and professional and trade associations. The organization’s main function is to serve as an advocate for employers in the state political and policy-making arena, working for a healthier business climate, economic growth, and jobs.

The Business Council’s advocacy agenda for 2013 includes proactive initiatives intended to improve the state’s business climate and promote new private sector investment and job creation. Key topics being addressed are mandate relief, economic development, energy, health insurance, and more.

Ken Pokalsky, vice president of government affairs for The Business Council, will provide an overview of the governor’s proposed budget and will outline legislative priorities for this year. Pokalsky has served on a number of state advisory panels and is currently a member of the state’s business taxpayer advisory committee. He is also the Business Council’s liaison with the Empire State Development Corporation and the Department of Taxation.

We encourage all of our members and local business people to attend this informative session, which will be held Feb. 22 from 9-10:30 a.m. at Roberto’s, 2 E. Second St., Jamestown. Register through the Business Council website at or find a direct the link through the on the events calendar on the Chamber’s website at

Lucy Town Half-Marathon Expected To Draw Crowds

Congratulations to Chautauqua Striders, the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, and the Lucy-Desi Center for comedy as they prepare to host the inaugural Lucy Town Half-Marathon and 5K Run this coming fall. Over 400 runners and their families are expected to participate in the Columbus Day weekend event.

The weekend will include a 5K run, a sports expo, and a night of comedy. It will culminate with a 13.1-mile half-marathon run on Oct. 13. The USA Track and Field-certified course will begin and end in Jamestown and run through Lakewood and Celoron, traveling near the childhood home of Lucille Ball and Lucille Ball Memorial Park. Univera Healthcare is sponsoring the weekend events.

This creative and collaborative fundraising event will benefit the important missions of the organizations involved as well as bring a significant number of runners and their families to the community where they will spend time visiting our attractions, staying in our hotels and supporting our local economy.

For more information or to register, visit

Energy Seminar To Be

Held At Jackson Center

A free energy seminar and lunch for business, not-for-profit and multifamily buildings will be held at the Robert H. Jackson Center, 305 E. Fourth St., Jamestown from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 28. The program is designed to help businesses and others learn about reducing utility costs as well as incentives to improve energy efficiency, free energy audits, and how to access low interest financing.

This event is sponsored by: Chautauqua County, County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Association, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Development Center, Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, America’s Natural Gas Alliance, Lime Energy, Piping & Service Industry Coalition, National Fuel, NYSERDA, and CNG for Upstate NY.

You can register online at or call 1-866-495-2959.

Winter Festival Calendar

Of Events Available Online

Once again, a full slate of winter events is being planned for the Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival in Mayville – one of the largest winter festivals in the region – which is organized annually by the Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce.

The lineup includes snowmobile rides, a flare parade, fireworks, kids’ corner crafts, chili cookoff, kids snow slides, snowball distance throwing contest, snowman/animal making contest, ice carving, broomball, snowshoe demonstrations, a polar bear swim, presidential costumer contest, a snowball dance, and lighting of the ice castle. Many of these events will be held weather permitting.

Major sponsors of the Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival are: Media One Group, Town of Chautauqua, Clark Patterson Lee Architectural Engineering Firm/Habiterra, Operating Engineers Local 17 apprenticeship program, Felony Entertainment LLC, Chautauqua Suites-Olives Restaurant-Bellini Lounge, Lakeview Hotel/The Docks Restaurant, and Chautauqua Marina. Platinum sponsors are: M&T Bank, Mayville branch, Webb’s Captain’s Table Restaurant and The Cottage Collection, and Lictus Keystone. For a complete schedule of events and sponsors, please visit the Winter Festival event page at