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County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency

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


The productivity and work ethic displayed in the Buffalo Niagara region is higher than that of other sites nationally according to Buffalo Niagara Labor Market Assessment and Compensation Reports (2005/2010).

Workforce & Training

The Chautauqua Works American Job Centers
Administered by the Workforce Development Board (WIB), the Chautauqua Works American Job Centers in Dunkirk and Jamestown provide a network of comprehensive services and labor market information for businesses, workers, and job seekers. They offer skills assessment, career guidance, central posting of open jobs, work readiness workshops, access to qualified service and training providers, training funding, and referrals to jobs, education, training, and community services.

The Western New York Consortium of Higher Education
The WNY College Consortium is committed to strengthening collaboration among its network of colleges and institutions, as well as forging partnerships with regional private and public sectors. The Consortium has a $4,600,000,000 economic impact and employs over 32,000 full-time and part-time staff. Its efforts enhance the experience of students and improve local communities by contributing significantly to the knowledge economy of the Buffalo and Western New York region.

Jamestown Community College (JCC)
JCC offers several workforce development programs. The programs are a mix of workforce development and customized job skills training courses, provided at the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses and North County and Warren extension centers. These programs range from customized management and leadership training, social media and computer-related training programs, welding techniques, continuous improvement methods, and training needs analysis to skills assessment for credentialing needs.

The Manufacturing Technology Institute (MTI) at Jamestown Community College provides students with highly-skilled training on industry-standard equipment to prepare for manufacturing careers. MTI facilities are on the
Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses.

Small Business Development Center
Administered by the State University of New York, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Jamestown Community College works with regional businesses to help them succeed. Since their start in 1986, advisers have worked directly with 10,998 business, helping them to invest 120,646,492 into the area’s economy, and create or save 5,706 jobs. Services are confidential and free of charge. The SBDC can assist in researching funding sources; loan information, cost analysis, and financial planning; preparing for e-commerce; developing marketing and business plans; complying with permit, licensing, and other regulations; supporting the start-up process for small businesses; and obtaining health insurance through NY State of Health.

SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator
Located in Dunkirk, the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator supports entrepreneurship and the development of new, innovative companies into successful business ventures. The SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator is a NYS Certified Business Incubator, a member of the Western New York Incubator Network, and a START-UP NY Designated Space.

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* Minimum wage for workers covered by the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act. The Federal wage prevails if it is higher than the state standard.
Data Name Value
Right to Work State?
New York No
Minimum Wage
Chautauqua County, NY $11.10