Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation
February 09, 2015

The next meeting of the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation has been scheduled for Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 5:30pm.  at the Fireside Manor located on Route 5 west of Dunkirk. 


All meetings are open to the public and citizens may address the board during the privilege of the floor portion of the agenda.

For more information contact Executive Director Kathy Tampio at 716-679-5157 or by email at


September 12, 2014

The Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation adopted amended & restated By-Laws at their meeting on September 11, 2014.


Revisions to the By-Laws included the definition of "Members in Good Standing" , language regarding annual membership dues, and the provision for "Associate" memberships.


To review the new by-laws, click on the title of this news item and open the attached document listed.



April 15, 2014

Consultants from Clark Patterson Lee presented options for the implementation of a regional water system in northern Chautauqua County at the recent Chautauqua County Water Agency meeting held April 10, 2014 at Silver Creek Central School.  The Water Agency Board will consider the options presented and deterimine which option best suits the needs of the region.  Once selected it will be up to the Water Agency to make a recommendation to the Chautauqua County Legislature about how to move forward with the project.


To view the presentation, select the "Regional Water" tab from the list to the left, then click on the presentation as listed. 

December 11, 2013

The Governor's office announced today the grant awards for economic development projects throughout New York.


Within the Western New York region, the northern Chautauqua County region will receive several significant awards:


  • $1 Million for the Regional Water District formation
  • $65,000 for the regional Local Waterfront Revitalization Program for northern Chautauqua municipalities
  • $790,620 total funding for the City of Dunkirk Seawall and Lake Front Blvd. project


"Because of the efforts of the leaders of Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation we can now take the next significant steps to implement these important regional projects."  said Kathy Tampio, Executive Director, CBRDC


September 29, 2013

The Western New York Regional Council has announced their priority projects for this round of Consolidated Funding Applications.  The North County Regional Water System application sponsored by Chautauqua County and Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation has received the highest score - 20 out of 20.  The list of projects have been forwarded to New York State for final grant award determinations to be announced by the end of this year.


Click on the title above to access the link to an article in the Observer on September 29, 2013.

August 07, 2013

The Chadwick Bay communities are moving forward thanks to the County sponsorship of a grant application that will be finalized and submitted by August 12th.  The application will include funding to fully implement a regional water system in northern Chautauqua County.  Supporting resolutions from 9 municipalities will be included in the grant application as well as letters of support from local, county, state and federal officials, local businesses and organizations including SUNY Fredonia.  The 9 supporting municipalities are the Villages of Brocton, Silver Creek and Forestville, the City of Dunkirk and the Towns of Portland, Dunkirk, Pomfret, Sheridan and Hanover.


Even though the Village of Fredonia has declined to particpate in this effort at this time, they have stated in a resolution "...that the Village Board has no objection to a study to explore the feasibility and options for a reliable water system in the northern Chautauqua County area.  The Village Board desires to participate in any study to determine what is best for Fredonia and the region."


Chadwick Bay Executive Director Kathy Tampio reminds us that "it is important to remember that this plan to create a regional water system is a living document and with the active participation of each community, it will continue to develop and address the needs and concerns of each and every participating community in order to attain our mutual goal - the production and distribution of a plentiful, reliable and quality water product in an efficient way that results in savings that we can pass along to our customers and enable economic growth in the region."

August 06, 2013

At their meeting held August 5th, the City of Dunkirk Common Council voted to approve a supporting resolution for the CFA grant application to seek funding for the full implementation of a regional water system in northern Chautauqua County.  Please access a link to an article that was published in the Observer by clicking on this news item title.


The City has joined 8 other municipalities to support this regional effort.  The other municipalities include:  the villages of Brocton, Silver Creek and Forestville and the Towns of Portland, Pomfret, Dunkirk, Sheridan and Hanover.


The grant application is being developed by Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation, sponsored by Chautauqua County and will be submitted by August 12th.



July 31, 2013

Plans to fully implement a regional water system in northern Chautauqua County are moving forward with a grant application sponsored by Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards.  An application is being prepared to submit through the on-line Consolidated Funding Application process to the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council.


The grant application will decribe a $38 million dollar overall project cost that will enable the construction of the necessary water transmission lines, pump stations and upgrades to water storage and water treatment.  The project will move forward with the creation of a water district that will ultimately supply all the communities in northern Chautauqua County.  Project specifics will be developed through the input and agreements from each participating community.


To view a map of the proposed regional water system and associated costs please click on the article title above and click on the document listed in the full article. 



June 04, 2013

Chadwick Bay RDC is supporting efforts to complete a regional LWRP for northern Chautauqua County communities from the Town of Ripley all the way to the Town of Hanover.  These communities along the Lake Erie shoreline have expressed great interest in the completion of a Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP) that will develop both local and regional  projects that will increase tourism and recreational uses, provide infrastructure for development along the lake and improve water quality and mitigate erosion and flooding impacts.


Chadwick Bay in collaboration with the Northern Community Foundation Local Economic Development Corporation and project sponsor - Chautauqua County Department of Planning & Economic Development has been securing municipal participation and soliciting funding for the project. 


An application for funding will be submitted through the Consolidated Funding Application process this summer.  If awarded, it is anticipated that this grant would provide 50% of the cost of the LWRP. The remaining  funding must be provided by local sources.  To date local funding committments have been received from the Chautauqua County Lake Erie Management Commission and the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation.  Additional funding requests are in process.


March 05, 2013

The Environmental Finance Center of the Syracuse University Center of Excellence has provided a link to several imporant resource guides for municipalities.  Topics include funding for capital projects and the 2013 updated Wastewater Management Handbook. 


Please utilize the following link to obtain a copy of these publications:



November 09, 2012

As a result of a successful grant application made to the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, Chadwick Bay will receive $10,000 in funding to be used as a portion of the local match funds needed in order to receive the $150,000 grant awarded by the Appalachian Regional Commission program administered locally by Southern Tier West.  The grant funds will be used for engineering costs for the development of the regional water system implementation plan.


Ongoing efforts to secure additional funding for the implementation plan in development by Clark Patterson Lee are being coordinated by Brennan Group Consulting and CBRDC Executive Director Kathy Tampio.


Clark Patterson Lee has been meeting with water system operators in all the communities in northern Chautauqua County from Ripley to Hanover.  Meetings have also been held with local businesses who are our region's largest water users, including Nestle Purina, Cott and Carriage House.  Plans are underway to set up meetings with SUNY Fredonia, Fieldbrook Foods and the Lake Erie Regional Health system.

October 16, 2012

A community informational meeting about the Chadwick Bay Regional Water initiative was held on Thursday, October 11 from 11am to 2pm at the Dunkirk Clarion Hotel.


The meeting was attended by local and county officials as well as members of regional community groups including representatives of the Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce, Fredonia Rotary Club, the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, Chautauqua County IDA, Southern Tier West and leaders from local industry.


Speakers included Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards, Patrick Brennan of Brennan Consulting, Jeff Smith of Municipal Solutions, Rick Henry of Clark Patterson Lee, representatives of state and federal funding agencies and leaders from other successful regional water systems including Genesee, Livingston and Niagara Counties.


Please click on the news headline to access the meeting powerpoint presentation and the regional water brochure with map.


July 31, 2012

The engineering firm of Clark Patterson Lee has been selected by Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation as their lead consultant for the regional water system implementation plan.  Project management will be led by Rick Henry, Senior Vice President of Clark Patterson Lee.  A local office for the firm has been opened in the Village of Fredonia.


With Clark Patterson Lee now on board work has begun to plan a fall kick-off meeting for business and community members, local, county and state officials, and funding agencies.  This meeting is the first step in the process to create a regional water system.  Chadwick Bay Executive Director Kathy Tampio explains, "It is very important to the success of this regional effort to engage the whole community to create a "road map" to realize our goals, which are (1) to provide reliable, sustainable, quality water to the residents and businesses of northern Chautauqua County, (2) to improve the cost effectiveness of the region's water supply system and (3) to enable regional economic growth."


The initial proposed service area of over 36,000 residents includes the Towns of Pomfret, Sheridan, Dunkirk and Portland, the Villages of Fredonia and Brocton and the City of Dunkirk.  The implementation plan will include designs for potential future service area expansion to the Town of Hanover, the Village of Silver Creek, the Town & Village of Westfield and the Town of Ripley.  Other phase one tasks will include the legal requirements of a regional system, an in-depth financial analysis and a master operation plan.


June 15, 2012

The Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce board of directors heard about the regional efforts of Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation (CBRDC) from Executive Director Kathy Tampio.  Tampio was invited to speak at their recent meeting held at the Clarion in Dunkirk.


Tampio explained that the mission of CBRDC is to "develop, promote and support regional economic development projects."  She continued with an overview of the past accomplishments of CBRDC, their current activities, and what's on their list for future projects.


Of particular interest to the group were the current initiatives for the implementation of a regional water system.    Tampio identified the basic goals of regional water as "#1 - to provide a reliable, sustainable regional water system for our residents and businesses that would enable economic growth, and #2 - to lower the cost of water to all customers - our residents and our businesses.  As a result of the feasibility study for a regional water system that was completed by Wendel Duchscherer Engineers in 2010, these goals are supported." 


Chadwick Bay is now in the process of selecting a Lead Consultant to accomplish the tasks needed to implement the regional water system.  The group hopes to have that consultant on board by the end of the summer when work will immediately begin with community meetings.  Other tasks include creating the legal framework of the regional system, environmental review, GIS mapping & inventory of existing water treatment and distribution systems, creating an asset management plan, a financial analysis and funding plan, designs for potential future geographic expansion to other communities and an operation & maintenance master plan.  The implementation plan process has been made possible through funding obtained by CBRDC from the Appalachian Regional Commission Federal funding program.


Chadwick Bay is exploring many future projects including completing a regional Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan, updating the CBRDC Strategic Plan, increasing community participation by involving other regional development groups such as the county and local Chamber of Commerce boards, and by effectively engaging our regional academic institutions - Jamestown Community College, Jamestown Business College and SUNY Fredonia.


The Chadwick Bay member communities include the City of Dunkirk, the Villages of Silver Creek, Brocton and Fredonia, and the Towns of Hanover, Sheridan, Dunkirk, Pomfret and Portland.  For more information about CBRDC, go to their website at

May 23, 2012

A meeting was facilitated by Jay Warren of the NCCF Local Economic Development group on 5/23/12 with representatives of the Towns of Ripley & Westfield and the Village of Westfield and Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation.  Mayor David Carr, Supervisor Doug Bowen and Supervisor Martha Bills were joined by Chadwick Bay RDC Executive Director Kathy Tampio.  Also present was Aaron Resnick of the Westfield Development Corp.


The discussion began with the current progress of a plan to implement a regional water district in northern Chautauqua County.  Ripley and Westfield officials were very interested in how the district would be formed, the possible benefits to their community and to the region and if the plan would consider the potential future interconnection with the Ripley and Westfield water systems.  "The implementation plan tasks includes the investigation of future geographic expansion that could include Silver Creek and Hanover as well as Ripley and Westfield", said Tampio.


Other regional initiatives that were expressed as important projects for the Westfield/Ripley areas included participation in a Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan for all the communities in northern Chautauqua County along Lake Erie, a regional approach for addressing blight or derelict structures and the promotion of tourism projects, most importantly the Gateway Project at the Ripley exit from the Thruway.


Future discussions regarding Ripley and Westfield membership in Chadwick Bay RDC are planned.  "It only makes sense that the Chadwick Bay Region includes these communities as we implement economic development projects that capitalize on the regional advantage we have in our funding applications," said Tampio.

May 15, 2012

On May 8, 2012 the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation received 6 proposals from consulting firms in response to an RFP (Request for Proposals) for a Lead Consultant to develop and direct an implementation plan for a regional water group in northern Chautauqua County.  A committee has been formed to reveiw the proposals and make a selection recommendation to the CBRDC Board of Directors.  The proposals came from firms that have extensive experience with infrastructure projects in western New York.  The firms who submitted are - Clark Patterson Lee, GHD, Nussbaumer & Clarke, TVGA, URS and Wendel.


Once a Lead Consultant has been selected, the first Task will be to hold a kick off meeting for all City, Town, Village, business and community representatives to learn about other successful regional water efforts including the Niagara County Water District, Genesee County Water District and Water Resources Agency, and the Joint Black River initiative in Jefferson County.  Participants will be asked to jointly develop an outline of tasks and activities that will direct the implementation plan.   Other presenters would include representatives from NYS Rural Water and state & federal funding agencies such as USDA Rural Development, Appalachian Regional Commission, NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation and the NYS Department of State.

April 25, 2012
The Chadwick Bay regional water initiative was singled out as one of the most promising regional projects in the state at a recent government conference held by the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) at Minnowbrook Conference Center on Blue Mountain Lake.
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