The Importance Of Developing Talent

Talent is a renewable resource. Despite that, manufacturing is lagging in generating a workforce with the necessary skills and qualifications required to compete in a global market. That’s where Talent Pipeline Management enters the picture. Talent Pipeline Management is a demand-driven solution that works by applying the lessons from supply chain management used in industry, to manage education and workforce partnerships.

The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier has created a new position around this work in order to create a clear link between local manufacturers’ talent strategies and their business strategies, identifying the jobs upon which their competitiveness depends. The Manufacturers Association has hired Tim Piazza to work on building these vital connections.

Employers are the end customers of talent supply chains, working through the TPM initiative with MAST a preferred network of partners will be put together and managed for supplying the talent needed in today’s workforce. As with any supply chain, quality is one of the key activities in this initiative. To be successful infrastructure must be put in place to ensure end-to-end performance tracking at every stage of the supply chain.

Beneficiaries of this initiative include employers, who get a better-prepared workforce; providers, who achieve better outcomes for students; students and workers, who can access clear career pathways; and policy-makers, who generate a higher return on their education and workforce investments.

MAST is excited to have Tim Piazza on board with our team for this crucial work and to help lead these efforts. We look forward to working with additional manufacturers in the region to help create the workforce they require to sustain and grow their businesses.


Each year the Chamber of Commerce provides an opportunity for its members to meet directly with the County Executive and ask questions. County Executive George Borrello will be our special guest for this event, which will be held at 8:30 a.m., Friday, June 1 at Moon Brook Country Club, 2879 North Main Street Extension, Jamestown. We encourage businesses to either send questions to us ahead of the event to or bring questions the day of the event for the County Executive. Our sponsors for this event are: Chautauqua Institution, David Snow State Farm Agent, DFT Communications, Jamestown Mattress Company, Lawley Benefits Group, Nestle Purina PetCare, OBSERVER, Phillips Lytle LLP, The Post-Journal, Serta Mattress Company, Southern Tier Environments for Living, UPMC Chautauqua WCA, and WJTN/WWSE/WKSN/WHUG/WQFX. The cost is $18 for Chamber members or $21 for non-members. Advanced registration is appreciated. You can call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101 or sign up online at


The Fredonia Community Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Attic & Seller Days the first weekend in June (June 1-3, 2018). Sellers can register sales at Pucci’s Carpet One, 112 W. Main St., Fredonia or at Sir PrintsAlot, 1 Park Place, Fredonia, during normal business hours. The cost is $5 to register your sale and be included on the sale map. Each additional line (up to 5 words per line) is an additional $1 per line. If you have questions, please contact Heidi Seddon, Fredonia Community Chamber Coordinator, at 467-4321. Sale maps will be available in the information booth in Barker Commons on sale days.


The Chautauqua County and Jamestown Community Chambers of Commerce are excited to be co-hosting a one-night only event in partnership with the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau and the National Comedy Center. Laugh Out Loud: a Sneak Peek Comedy Extravaganza will be held Thursday, June 7 at this brand new attraction at 211 W. Second St., Jamestown. This amazing evening will combine two events, giving guests the option of attending one, the other, or both.

The evening will begin at 5 p.m. in the main entrance lobby with a Chamber Business After Hours, offering networking opportunities, appetizers, a cash bar, and tours of the National Comedy Center, featuring exhibits that have never been available to the public before. This event gives Chamber members a chance to mingle and will provide recognition for businesses that are new to the Chamber experience. A highlight of the evening, at 6:00pm, guests will be led on an exclusive tour of the National Comedy Center with a chance to see this exciting attraction before it opens to the public. At 7 p.m., seating will begin for the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau Annual Dinner Meeting in the Train Station Rotunda. A brief business meeting will be conducted, followed by a buffet dinner and remarks from National Comedy Center officials. To cap off the evening, comedian Steven Rogers will leave dinner guests laughing! A New York City based comedian, he was named funniest clean comic at the Manhattan Comedy Festival, and has opened for national comedians like Rob Little, Rocky LaPorte, and Brian Regan.

The Chamber’s Business After Hours event is sponsored by Affinity One Federal Credit Union, AFLAC, Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, David Snow State Farm Agency, DFT Communications, Infinity Resources, Jamestown Jammers, KeyBank, M & T Bank, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, Shawbucks Press Room, UBS Financial Services, and Univera Healthcare Southern Tier.

Space is limited for this spectacular evening, so make your reservations soon! The cost is $15 to attend the Chamber’s Business After Hours only, $35 to attend the CCVB Annual Dinner only, or attend both for a special price of just $45. Registration for both of these evening events is through the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. You can call the Chamber at 484-1101 or 366-6200 or find the event registration online at