CCE To Move County Offices To JCC Campus
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County said Tuesday it will move its offices to Jamestown Community College’s Jamestown Campus in mid-December.
“We are excited to announce a new partnership with JCC,” said Emily Reynolds, CCE Chautauqua executive director. “Our offices will be located in JCC’s Katharine Jackson Carnahan Center, a highly accessible and visible location that will allow CCE to expand its programs.”
CCE Chautauqua’s 4-H youth development classes and the L.E.A.F (Learn. Empower. Achieve. Farm.) and L.E.A.F. Jr. workshops are currently being conducted in the Carnahan Center.
Reynolds said creation of the partnership was made possible with support from the Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities, Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello, former State Sen. Catharine Young, and JCC President Daniel DeMarte.
“I am excited to see this move that will not only provide a great new location for CCE, but it will also foster a new collaboration between CCE and JCC,” Borrello said, “Agriculture is a key driver of our economy and as JCC enhances its support for local businesses this move will have a positive impact on enhancing agriculture.”
CCE Chautauqua has served the residents of Chautauqua County for over 100 years with low cost, high quality programming in agriculture, youth development, and nutrition education, Reynolds added.
“This joining of forces will maximize potential and growth in Chautauqua County by building on our strengths,” said Young, executive director of Cornell AgriTech Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture.
“Agriculture continues to be an essential economic driver locally and for the state, and Cornell Cooperative Extension has been a cutting edge source of expertise and education that has grown jobs and opportunity, and improved lives since it was formed in 1914.”
The new partnership between JCC and CCE Chautauqua is a natural fit, DeMarte said.
“We share similar values and common goals focused on strengthening campus and county connections and creating a culture of innovation in such areas as agribusiness, protection of the environment and natural resources, sustainable energy, food security, and improvements to the economic well-being of the Southern Tier region,” DeMarte noted.
CCE Chautauqua offices are currently located on Turner Road in Jamestown.