Chautauqua County officials say they are in the midst of a tremendous economic growth cycle. And as a result, they need you!
Chautauqua County Executive Gregory Edwards says there are more than 700 job/career openings right now in his county. The positions available range from healthcare and social services to management, accounting, computer and education. In fact, Edwards says right now they are desperate for engineers. "If we had 60 engineers call me on the phone this afternoon, we could have job offers for all of them."
Part of the reason for the need, says Daniel Black, president of Blackstone Business Enterprises, is that some of the Chautauqua County industry, like heavy manufacturing, has been very strong. In fact, he is in search of welders to keep up with the tremendous demand. "Me and my peers have been struggling for years to fill critical positions within our organizations," said Black.
Edwards says while some of the openings are entry level, many are "upper-end jobs." He says the cost of living, cuts in spending and property taxes have helped the local economy. But the area is simply experiencing growth in many of the industries that call Chautauqua County home. "It sure is inconsistent with what you hear about the general economy," said Daniel Black.
In fact, the County Executive has sought help from the State Labor Department, the local Industrial Development Agency and others to get the word out about the great potential in Chautauqua County. "If you're going to have a problem, Alleluia, this is the problem to have," said Edwards.
Anyone interested in learning more about the job openings can call the Chautauqua County Executive's office at 753-4211 or visit ChautauquaWorks.com