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Incubator helps Chautauqua Works keep working after fire destroys Masonic Building
Sunday, March 07, 2010

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Workforce Investment Board Executive Director Susan McNamara (standing) joins a Chautauqua Works counselor in assisting a client in their temporary office space at the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator.

The Chautauqua Works Dunkirk office has received a much-needed hand from its newest neighbor -- the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator -- following the devastating late-February fire that resulted in the total loss of the Masonic Temple building it partially occupied.

As of Tuesday, Mar. 2, Chautauqua Works and Department of Labor staff opened its temporary offices at the Incubator, 214 Central Avenue in Dunkirk, where they will accept applications for companies who have specified "Apply at the One-Stop" in their job listings. Applications will be accepted for Carriage House, Cliffstar and Berry Plastics on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

"The fire last week was devasting for the community, the local business and the residents who accessed services and programs there," said Workforce Investment Board (WIB) Executive Director Susan McNamara, who also serves as an adjunct faculty member within the university's School of Business.

"It's inspiring to experience our small town come together in a time of crisis. We have been awestruck by the assistance provided by [our] board members, DFT [Communications], Senator Cathy Young, President Dennis Hefner, and the city [of Dunkirk], as well as the many private businesses and individuals who have offered assistance and space."

Dr. McNamara added that the WIB and One-Stop leaders are working diligently to find an alternative Dunkirk location where full services can continue, and she hopes to make an annoucement soon.

Two Chautauqua Works One-Stop Centers operate in Chautauqua County. The Centers provide a network of comprehensive services and labor market information for employers, workers and job seekers. They offer skill assessment; central posting of job and skill needs; access to qualified service providers; financial aid for training and referrals to other education, training and social services.

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