Economic Development

Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation

Local Economic Development Committee


 Vision Statement
Our vision is a Northern Chautauqua Region with a vibrant economy, providing excellent opportunities for investment and employment of its diverse labor force.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Local Economic Development Committee is to provide private enterprise leadership in the creation and development of a community-based Economic Strategic Plan of Action for the Northern Chautauqua region.



     We will do so by:

  • Partnering with private, public and education sector entities to work toward economic development;
  • Defining the needs, economic assets and liabilities, opportunities and challenges of the region;
  • Designing and developing specific strategies that can best lead to the attainment of this vision;
  • Formulating specific policies and actions designed to achieve dynamic economic growth in an ecologically sound environment, while providing a high quality of life for its residents;
  • Developing strategies that include education, advocacy, civic action, and other specific projects and activities to achieve our vision.
  Main Drivers of Local

Economic Development


A basic underlying principle of an LED process is “public private partnerships.” The main actors in market economy are:

The Private Sector - businesses that make investments, employ people and create wealth;

The Public Sector in the region, including the state, county and local governments, including special districts (water, sewer, etc.) that comprise the governmental sector;

Civil Society - the non-governmental, non-profit sector actors that contribute to the community’s benefit, including educational institutions, civic service organizations, non-profit service providers, professional organizations & other special interests.

  Business Clusters for


  • Advanced Manufacturing/Traditional Manufacturing
  • Agribusiness
  • Business Support Services
  • Energy—Clean and Traditional Sources
  • Technology
  • Lake Erie & Regional Waterfront Development
  • Life Sciences & Health Services
  • Logistics & Trade
  • Tourism & Hospitality
 Our Regional Focus  

The group is specifically focusing on the communities within the Lake Erie watershed, that is, the towns of Ripley, Westfield, Portland, Pomfret, Dunkirk, Sheridan and Hanover, including the villages of Westfield, Brocton, Fredonia, Silver Creek and Forestville, and the City of Dunkirk.

 The group believes that these communities form a distinct sub-region of the Buffalo-Niagara region, and share assets and opportunities that are distinct from the rest of the county, and therefore a targeted development strategy is warranted. 



NCCF welcomes new LED Coordinator by iklahn
Please join the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation as we welcome Jamie Thompson in her role as Coordinator for the Local Economic Development Initiative (LED). She will provide management support for the LED Committee. This volunteer committee is comprised of local business leaders working together to support NCCF’s vision of a northern Chautauqua Region with a vibrant economy, providing excellent opportunities for investment and employment.
Letter to the Editor - Local Economic Committee Points Toward Progress by iklahn

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation’s Local Economic Development Committee is pleased to share that in 2013 a solid foundation was laid for Northern Chautauqua’s economic development.  There is promise of continued progress, driven by partnerships that have been forged between citizens, communities, and the public, private and education leaders of our region.
NRG – Repowering Economic Development Opportunities in Northern Chautauqua by iklahn
The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation’s Local Economic Development Committee welcomed Governor Cuomo’s uplifting news for both the City of Dunkirk and Chautauqua County on Sunday. In addition to the retention of jobs and preservation of tax base, the repowering of the NRG plant provides sound prospects for incremental economic development in our region. The conversion will bring the NRG plant up to a generation capacity of 435 MW of power. That is enough energy to power over 400,000 homes; certainly enough to help attract and service the needs of new or expanded industrial demand in our region. 

The public is invited to celebrate Community Foundations Week with NCCF at an Open House on Friday, November 16, 2012, at the SUNY Incubator from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. “Community foundations impact lives, solve problems, and improve futures,” said Peter Clark, NCCF President. “In a down economy, with limited resources and a growing need for services to help families in need, we are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions to some of our most challenging social problems.” 

Business Leaders Direct Effort Toward Economic Development by nccfadmin

A new private-sector effort, in cooperation with the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, hopes to spur economic development in Northern Chautauqua County.