SUNY Fredonia Incubator Welcomes County IDA

FREDONIA – The State University at Fredonia’s Technology Incubator will be the new home of the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency’s northern county offices.

The move is said to provide greater coordination as the university launches its StartUp NY plan and enhances services to its entrepreneurs located in the technology incubator. Kevin Kearns, Fredonia’s vice president of engagement and economic development, said the university, local governments and CCIDA are working in greater partnership to attract, grow and retain businesses and jobs in the county. Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development employees will also have a presence in the new location, providing more access to services across the county.

“The greater our coordination and partnership on job creation, business development and enhancing the region’s entrepreneurial culture, the better chance we have to significantly impact the economic vitality of Chautauqua County,” Kearns said. “The county executive and the CCIDA/CCPED director are effectively leading us in this direction, away from fragmentation and toward a coalesced strategy and structure. The CCIDA and CCPED are a welcome addition to our technology incubator.”

Kevin Sanvidge, CCIDA executive director and CEO, said the move will provide staff with more opportunities to interact with small businesses and the university’s economic development programs and School of Business.

“This move provides us with an opportunity for greater coordination with the university and more opportunities to assist business start-ups in this facility and the community,” Sanvidge said.

Recently the IDA and county Planning and Economic Development Department created a portal on the IDA website to better coordinate the county’s StartUp NY program, which Fredonia and Jamestown Community College are administering. The office includes Kristine Morabito, IDA project manager, and the Department of Planning and Economic Development staff will use the space as a satellite office. Sanvidge will establish office hours in the new space as well.

Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan expressed support for the move.

“Establishing a CCIDA and CCPED presence within Fredonia’s incubator will help centralize access for businesses across the northern part of the county to StartUp NY along with numerous other local, regional and state economic development programs,” Horrigan said. “I am excited about the synergies we will develop through a closer relationship with the university.”