CLN Members Learn About Economic Development

Community leaders from throughout Chautauqua County – all members of Chautauqua Leadership Network’s Class of 2013 – learned more about opportunities for regional economic development at a program held recently at SUNY Fredonia’s Business Technology Incubator in Dunkirk.

Speakers at the CLN session included Bill Daly, administrative director and CEO of Chautauqua County IDA; Todd Tranum, president and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce; Steve Swanson, vice president of business and professional banking at Five Star Bank; Irene Dobies, executive director of the Small Business Development Center; and Michael Ball, deputy director of Empire State Development, Western New York region.

Brief presentations by each speaker were followed by a question-and-answer session, moderated by Andrew Nixon, executive director of the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau and CLN past president. Class members also learned more about SUNY Fredonia’s Business Technology Incubator from building manager Chris Dean.

The economic development session is one of several events scheduled over the coming months for CLN’s incoming class. The curriculum is designed in part to educate and engage CLN class members on regional issues that go beyond one’s day-to-day professional responsibilities and demonstrate the opportunities for businesses and organizations to work together for the good of the larger community.

Now in its 21st year, CLN is a not-for-profit organization designed to identify, recruit, train and network area professionals. To date, more than 470 county residents have participated in the program, which was founded to develop effective community leaders and address the challenges and opportunities facing Chautauqua County.

For more information about Chautauqua Leadership Network, please visit the organization’s new website at www.chautauqualeadership.org. CLN’s leadership training and the network that supports these leaders is made possible through the support of its sponsors, Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York, The Resource Center and Nestle Purina.