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County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency

201 West Third Street, Suite 115
Jamestown, NY 14701
P: +1 716-661-8900

Why Chautauqua County?

Chautauqua County is On The Move! Businesses are growing, expanding and relocating to the Buffalo Niagara Region. Chautauqua County offers a strategic geographical location, ground breaking economic development incentive initiatives such as START-UP NY, inexpensive hydro-power, and an incredible quality of life.

Our team of economic development specialists and business development managers look forward to helping our communities, and your business, grow and thrive in Chautauqua County. Whether you are seeking to find a site for your business, interested in information about funding, incentives or other offerings, we can help facilitate that process for you.

Top & Targeted Industries

  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing And Hunting
    Agriculture is a strong performer in Chautauqua, with strong performance indicators in the sub-sectors of crop production and animal production. In terms of crops, Chautauqua county is best known for its acreage in grapes, with a total of 20,557 acres, which is the most out of any county in the state. Its livestock mainly consists of cattle and calves.
  • Transportation And Warehousing
    Transportation and warehousing is a growing industry in Chautauqua County, which may help supplement established or new incoming businesses in the county. Notable sub-sectors in group are truck transportation, warehousing and storage, transit, and ground passenger transportation. Employment in these areas has been increasing, indicating a rise of logistics support in the county.
  • Arts, Entertainment, And Recreation
    Chautauqua County offers several opportunities for entertainment and culture. The Chautauqua Institution is the county's featured attraction, which is a beautiful seasonal hub that holds thousands of events per year, engaging visitors in education, religion, and the arts. The region is also expected to generate tourism with the expansion of the Lucy Desi Museum to the National Comedy Center in Jamestown. More information on arts, entertainment, recreation and tourism can be found at
  • Manufacturing
    Chautauqua county has significantly high employment and wages in several manufacturing sub-sectors. These sectors include food manufacturing, beverage manufacturing, plastics and rubber products manufacturing, nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing, fabricated metal product manufacturing, electrical equipment & appliance manufacturing, and furniture manufacturing. These sub-sectors are what makes the manufacturing sector in Chautauqua a driving economic force, with the highest employment and total wages out of all the sectors in the county.

Programs and Incentives CCIDA offers a number of Financial incentives for businesses, including:
  • Agency Benefits
  • Tax-Exempt Financing
  • Chautauqua County Capital Resources Corporation (the Corporation)
  • Small Issue Manufacturing Revenue Bonds
  • Real Property Tax Exemption/Payment in Lieu of Tax Agreement.
  • Mortgage Recording Tax Exemption
  • Industrial Development Bonds, The Chautauqua County Revolving Loan Fund, and the AL Tech Revolving Loan Fund
For more information on these incentives please click here.

Strategically Located

Chautauqua County has a location that provides easy access to neighboring cities of Erie and Buffalo and the rest of the state via I-90, also known as the New York State Thruway and I-86, also known as the Southern Tier Expressway.

Elevating our game

The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency is...

Data Name Value Percent
Total Population 130,846  
Median Age 42.3  
Bachelor's Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 19,146 21.22%
High School Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 79,874 88.51%
Civilian Labor Force 61,111 57.13%
Median Household Income $44,304  
Major airports within area + 100 mile radius
Airport Name
Bradford Rgnl
Buffalo Niagara Intl
Erie Intl/Tom Ridge Field
Niagara Falls Intl
Regional airports within area + 100 mile radius
Airport Name
Chautauqua County/Jamestown
Venango Rgnl
General aviation airports within area + 50 mile radius
Airport Name
Chautauqua County/Dunkirk
Great Valley
Pratt's Eastern Divide