Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation

HISTORY BRIEF OF CHADWICK BAY REGIONAL ORGANIZATION

The Chadwick Bay Group was founded by 9 municipalities in the region of northern Chautauqua County.  In 1996 the group achieved the designation of a Champion Community region by USDA Rural Development.  The current member communities are the City of Dunkirk, Towns of Dunkirk, Hanover, Pomfret, Portland and Sheridan, and the Villages of Brocton, Fredonia and Silver Creek.  Chadwick Bay was incorporated in 2003 as a not for profit corporation and has received 501(c) 3 status.

Mission/Vision/Goals

As stated in the Chadwick Bay Champion Community Strategic Plan of 2006, the vision is "to promote and enhance a comprehensive and integrated regional planning process that identifies priorities and focuses resources on those identified priorities." The strategic plan focuses on action items and securing funding to accomplish the following goals:

Accomplishments

Completed Chadwick Bay Region Strategic Plan
Initiated the preparation of the Chadwick Bay Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan
Advocated for completion of infrastructure at Chadwick Bay Industrial Park
Millennium Highway Planning
Assist in establishment of the SUNY Fredonia High Technology Incubator Center
Establish Empire Zone designations for targeted industrial development
Assist in the Brownfields redevelopment program
Secure completion of Lake Erie Grape Research Station Modernization Project in conjunction with Cornell Complete Village of Fredonia Canadaway Creekside project
Support wireless broadband initiatives
Completed feasibility study for Chadwick Bay water district
Secured ARC funding ($150,000) for next step of Water district Implementation Plan
Assisted in SMSI grant application for Town of Hanover for water district improvements
Assisted in Planning for construction of bike path in city of Dunkirk - waterfront
Developed West End Water Infrastructure project
Regional research projects - regional policing study done by SUNY Fredonia
Secured funding for Concord Grape Belt Heritage Project
Encouraged Chautauqua Wine Trail
Supported expanded facilities of Campus & Community Children's Center on SUNY Fredonia
Worked with CHRIC and COI and other housing non-profits to support funding applications
Purchased a Leak Detector to be utilized when needed by any Chadwick Bay community

Current Activities

The CBRDC has applied for and received funding from ARC to create an implementation plan for the Chadwick Bay Regional Water District formation. Additional grant funding opportunities are being pursued to further promote the Water District and other regional initiatives. Future Planning & Development The Board of Directors are seeking member community input to update their Strategic Plan which will incorporate additional regional development initiatives. To date discussions have focused on activities such as completing a regional Local Waterfront Development Plan (LWRP), supporting Agri-Business development, property tax relief and regional policing opportunities.