Message from the Director
Welcome to the Center for Regional Advancement (CRA), a major public service and community engagement program of SUNY Fredonia.
Since its founding in 1997, the Center has engaged the community, serving as a major catalyst for regional collaboration, economic development, and governance innovations.
Our purpose is to engage the intellectual and analytical human resources of the SUNY Fredonia to enhance our region's capacity. The CRA strives to enhance our regional vitality through community engagement by connecting the talents, knowledge and passions of SUNY Fredonia’s faculty, staff and students to community needs and opportunities, making connections while embracing the value of “grow your own” which leverages the investment into local talent, local resources, and local organizations and businesses to meet to achieve regional vitality.
Over the past seventeen years, the Center has been involved in many initiatives and consultations involving several SUNY Fredonia CRA faculty fellows and receiving grants that total in the millions of dollars. The Center has been the major facilitator for the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator; the Chadwick Bay Champion Community; and the City of Jamestown Strategic Planning and Partnership Commission. Recently, the CRA held workshops for local artisans with the support of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation.
Major studies of the CRA include Regional Policing; development of a comprehensive web based demographic base for local governments; youth center feasibility study for City of Dunkirk; G.I.S. studies of the Cherry Creek dredge, and boundaries for the N. Chautauqua County Empire Zone; performance based government in Chautauqua County and City of Jamestown (adopted); development of a Chadwick Bay regional water commission; a regional approach to funding of Jamestown Community College (adopted); and an analysis of a payment in lieu of taxes project for NRG in Dunkirk (adopted). The Center also recently obtained the personal papers of Stan Lundine as Chair of the NYS Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness. They are currently housed at the Reed Library.
Enhancing community and economic development capacities and the promotion of regional vitality have been a focus of recent Center projects. The Center conducted a regional "Healthy Neighborhoods" Conference in 2010 and continues to support and lead efforts to bolster neighborhood confidence in the surrounding region.
We welcome your interest and involvement as the Center strives to make our region a better place in which to live, work, and grow.