The Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce held its 2012 Legislative Breakfast on Friday, September 14, 2012, at Houghton College. Elected officials from county and state-level governments were invited to participate in a moderated panel discussion to address opportunities and challenges facing Allegany County residents and businesses.
The panelists included Cathy Young, New York State Senator; Joe Sempolinski, district director representing Congressman Tom Reed; Joe Giglio, New York State Assemblyman; and Curt Crandall, Allegany County Board of Legislators Chairman.
Rick Melson, vice president for advancement at Houghton, welcomed the guests, followed by greetings from Houghton’s President Shirley Mullen. After breakfast, a panel discussion was held addressing topics of interest for the county. Such issues included economic development, the status of the local education system, and the status of hydrofracking within the area.
The discussions that occurred during the breakfast were a positive note for the future of the county. “These public conversations are one more way we can impact change and growth for the county through civic engagement,” stated Pam Witter, chair of Leadership Allegany and director of development at Houghton College. “I am so pleased that our elected officials make it a priority to speak to the constituency here…and I encourage people to get involved.”
The Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce seeks to preserve the competitive enterprise system of business and promote business and community growth and development in Allegany County.