JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce officially opened their new Downtown Jamestown office during an open house Friday afternoon.
In September, the chamber moved their office from Jamestown Community College’s Campus to the former Lucille M. Wright Air Museum building at 300 North Main St.
Following a ribbon cutting, the Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum said the move aims to better serve local business by being in the center of economic activity.
“For us this is a wonderful opportunity to be closer to some of our members, to be part of the re-energizing of the community and the downtown area,” said Tranum. “We’re looking forward to partnering with a lot of downtown organizations as we have in the past, but, I think this is going to strengthen our network and our ability to work with other organizations to help support businesses in the overall community.”
Tranum explained in the coming months his group will be working with the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau and Jamestown Renaissance Corporation to make the new office an official ‘visitor’s center’ for downtown.
Jamestown’s newly elected mayor recently announced his transition team, he says local business growth is one of his top priorities and he looks forward to working with Tranum.
“The chamber is an ally, is a partner in the work that we do, and I’m excited to continue that partnership with them,” said Mayor-elect Eddie Sundquist. “The head of the chamber, Todd Tranum, is actually part of our transition team, so we’re excited to work with them, to work with new manufacturers and new businesses, to really open up Jamestown more and to encourage more growth.”
The chamber additionally plans to relocate their Dunkirk offices to a downtown location next year.
Next Saturday, the group will host a visit with Santa part of their Small Business Saturday promotional activity.