Fredonia Division of Engagement and Economic Development



Fredonia StartUp New York Plan

Revision Approved!

Based on new activity, Fredonia's StartUp New York Plan was revised and approved!  View our plan HERE!

For a brief overview, please click here.   

SUNY's 30 Days of Giving, Day 29 – Care Packages for the Troops at Fredonia

Female students at Fredonia stand behind table collecting care package gifts for troops. Fredonia’s Tau Sigma National Honor Society for transfer students has been involved with the Care Packages for the Troops program since 2012. Tau Sigma’s mission is to recognize and promote the academic excellence and involvement of transfer students on campus and in our community. According to Helen Leysath, Transfer Coordinator and Advisor, the Veteran’s Recognition Committee was searching for ways to offer more student involvement.
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"ALL IN Challenge" Election Day events

The "ALL IN Challenge" committee sponsored transportation for over 140 students who needed a ride to vote.  It was a great experience and the first time voting for many students.  

In addition, the committee held an "Election Results Party" from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. to wind up its efforts to bring voter awareness to campus.  Students were able to watch the results, have something to eat, and participate in the wide range of conversation!  Well over 200 students attended!

President Horvath was present to draw the two winning student groups who would receive either $100 or $50 in funding as a thank you for their students participating in the events offered. The Women's Student Union won $100 and the Social Work Club won $50.  These funds will be deposited into their accounts for T-shirts or whatever their club needs!

Click here to watch the Fredonia "ALL IN" video!        


"Your Vote ... Your Future!"  

"Watch the Debate"  Event Draws a Large Crowd!

The "ALL IN Challenge" Committee hosted a "Watch the Debate" event for the first Presidential debate on September 26th.
The event began at 8:30 p.m. with pre-debate food and drinks and an opportunity for the students to discuss their thoughts, grab a "Constitution" booklet, an "ALL IN" button, and even fill out a "Voter Registration" form if they have not done so yet!
There were well over 200 students in attendance and we hope to see even more at the next event which is the Vice Presidential debate on Tuesday, October 4th, at 8:30 pm. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Williams Center.

Bob McCarthy Speaks to Interested Students and Staff

In celebration of “Constitution Day”, the Fredonia “ALL IN Challenge” committee sponsored a presentation and discussion with Pulitzer Prize nominated political reporter, Bob McCarthy.  This is the first in a series of events scheduled during this important Presidential election year.  It was held on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in McEwen Hall, Rm. G24 at 6:00 p.m. 

Bob McCarthy has covered every major presidential election and national convention for the past two decades, as well as state and local politics. McCarthy joined The News in 1982 after six years with the Olean Times Herald. He became the News’ main political reporter in 1992. Since then he has covered national politics, including reporting from the major party conventions, plus state and local politics. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for a series of stories he co-wrote with Michael Beebe on how State Supreme Court candidates are chosen. McCarthy reported from both the Republican and Democratic national conventions this year.

Fredonia houses pilots for Dunkirk-Lake Shore 2016 Air Show

The Dunkirk Vintage Airshow was held the weekend of July 2 and July 3 at 2:00 p.m. each day.  There were exciting stunts along with iconic biplanes, vintage military training planes, and a wing walker!

This was the first airshow in Dunkirk since 1971 and celebrated our nation's independence along with 125 years of Lake Shore Savings Bank being in our community.  The show took place over Lake Erie from Main Street to the Wright Park area. Lakefront Boulevard was closed to traffic, and crowds gathered along the newly refurbished seawall to enjoy the show.
Shuttle buses were provided from designated parking areas in and around the city as well as from the various parking lots at the Fredonia campus and the Fredonia Technology Incubator.

Collaboration...The Future of Northern Chautauqua County

The NCCF Local Economic Development Committee (LED) presented Chautauqua County: On the Move! on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at the State University of New York at Fredonia Science Center. Over 80 community members turned out for an update on the exciting opportunities coming to Northern Chautauqua County.

Dr. Kevin Kearns, VP for Engagement & Economic Development at State University of New York at Fredonia and Diane E. Hannum, Executive Director for the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation welcomed attendees. Rich Alexander, the LED Chair, provided the background and goals of the LED as it engages education, business, and private sector leaders in moving Northern Chautauqua County forward.

Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan brought excitement to the room as he talked about the "New Wave of Economic Development in Chautauqua County." This "new wave" of a countywide economic boost includes a cross section of industry, manufacturing, tourism, agriculture and small business.

The Athenex project was the focus for the two keynote speakers. Michael Fancher, VP for Business Development & Economic Outreach at SUNY Polytechnic Institute and Teresa Bair, Athenex Senior VP of Corporate Development & Legal Affairs brought the audience up-to-date on the business end of Athenex. Fancher focused on how the Dunkirk facility is an extension of the existing nanotechnology corridor that runs along the NYS Thruway between Albany and Dunkirk. 

Teresa Bair brought good news with her presentation that included the employment opportunities that Athenex brings to the area. These jobs include technical and nontechnical employment for area residents. She also stressed "We look forward to opportunities to get to know one another better. We want to engage with the community, learn what is already here, and figure out how we can help one another moving forward."

Engagement and Economic Development

Dr. Kevin Kearns, Vice President for Engagement & Economic Development
701 Maytum Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3758