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UPMC Chautauqua Sponsors Paint Jamestown

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PAINT JAMESTOWN BOOKLET

UPMC Chautauqua, part of a world-class healthcare delivery system, will be lending a paint brush to improvements in the Jamestown neighborhoods. Managed by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC), and with support from Sherwin Williams and the Jamestown Department of Development, a new program called Paint Jamestown will provide Jamestown residents with a booklet containing 50 historic color schemes to select from for painting the exteriors of their homes.

In addition, UPMC has provided a $10,000 grant for up to 10 home owners with property located within the Allen Park/UPMC Chautauqua Jamestown Renaissance Block Challenge (RBC) target area. They will have the opportunity to apply for funding to assist them in their home exterior painting projects. Property owners in the target area must first pick from the Paint Jamestown color booklet containing a selection of 50 historic color schemes and then fill out an application with the JRC.  If their project is approved and the work completed by October 30th, 2019, they have the opportunity to receive up to a $1,000 reimbursement in matching funds . Awardees will have a photo of their home featured on JRC’s website and Facebook page.

(From Left) Randy Sweeney, Chair of JRC’s Neighborhood Committee, Cecil Miller, UPMC Chautauqua VP of Operations, Mary Maxwell, JRC Neighborhood Project Manager, Brian Durniok, UPMC Chautauqua Interim Executive Director

“UPMC Chautauqua is proud to partner with JRC in the Paint Jamestown program.  We are excited that our neighborhood was selected.  This southside neighborhood is rich in history and means so much to the city of Jamestown.  UPMC Chautauqua is committed to continuing to make a positive impact on our community,” says Cecil Miller, VP of Operations at UPMC Chautauqua.

Sherwin Williams graciously agreed to assemble the historic color booklets to insure the true to life colors where shown.

“We are excited to be part of Paint Jamestown and appreciate the working with UPMC Chautauqua and the JRC. We are looking forward to seeing the initial projects completed. Sherwin-Williams is ready to be part of this project for many years to come”, says Rod Jones, Second Street Sherwin Williams Store Manager.

2019 Target Area

Any property owner living anywhere within the Jamestown city limits may use the historic color schemes booklet as a reference to paint their homes. Property owners within the Allen Park/UPMC Chautauqua Jamestown Renaissance Block Challenge target area may apply for the funding grant.

The application can be found online at http://jamestownrenaissance.org/neighborhoods/. Maps of the target area can be found in the booklet.

“The entire house must be painted using the selected scheme and multiple colors. Only the colors within a single scheme can be used. Property owners are free to rearrange the recommended placements (body, trim, accent) in any manner they choose”, says Neighborhood Project Manager, Mary Maxwell. “We’ll need a before and after-the-project-is-finished digital photograph of the property and copies of all receipts for paint, supplies or contracted labor. Work done by the owners (sweat equity) is not reimbursable. “

After processing incoming materials, a reimbursement check for up to $1,000 in matching funds will be issued. If $1,000 in reimbursement funds is sought, the documented cost (labor and or materials) must meet or exceed $2,000.  If the entire project cost less than $2,000, the lower amount will be matched. A $1,600 project would receive $800 in matching funds.

Jamestown Renaissance Corporation makes Jamestown better through inspiration, action and celebration. They are a community that values integrity, collaboration, inclusivity, visionary thinking informed, stakeholders. The JRC has a six-person staff who report to a 17-member board of directors. The board of directors is comprised of city leaders and representatives from local businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

For more information on Paint Jamestown, an application, and/or to view the Historic Color Booklet, contact: Mary Maxwell 301 East 2nd Street, Suite 301, Jamestown, NY  14701  (716) 489-3493  E mail: Mary@jamestownrenaissance.org.

Jamestown Up Close Shop Small, Win Big Winners Announced

Jamestown Up Close and Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) are excited to announce the winners and results of this year’s Shop Small, Win Big contest. In an effort to boost local commerce during the 2018 holiday season, Jamestown Up Close encouraged shoppers to shop downtown from Small Business Saturday through December 17th.

This year, 67 downtown Jamestown businesses participated. In an effort to award more prizes and keep the money local, 13 winners received gift cards to a Jamestown restaurant or retailer of their choice, with the Grand Prize being $250 in gift cards. The Grand Prize purchase was made by Michelle Maher at the Jamestown Emporium.

(From Left) Rita Sullivan, Abbie Merchant, Michelle Maher, Barbara Briggs-Webb, Zach Agett, Amber Hurd, Arthur Dahlgren, and Skylar Carlson

Other award winners included Barbara Briggs-Webb, Elizabeth Brown, Skylar Carlson, Arthur Dahlgren, Amber Hurd, Abbie Merchant, Lynnsey Olson, Marlene Piatz, Phyllis Robertson, Rita Sullivan, Martha Wirsen, and Karen Yeversky, who made purchases at Alexis Rae Fashions, Allen Street Diner, El Jarocho, Farm Fresh Foods, Gypsy Moon Cake Co., Jamestown Emporium, Jamestown Nutrition Shake IT Daily, Labyrinth Press Company, Liquid Monkey, Nouveau Boutique, Oriental Star, and Video Games Plus. Winners chose to receive their gift cards from Alexis Rae Fashions, Allen Street Diner, Chautauqua Brick, Cherry Lounge, Farm Fresh Foods, Forte, Jamestown Emporium, Jamestown Nutrition Shake IT Daily, Labyrinth Press Company, Landmark Restaurant, Lena’s Pizza, Liquid Monkey, and Shawbucks.

Based on ticket entries, over $78,000 was spent at local retail shops and restaurants that participated in Shop Small, Win Big, an increase of $13,000 from last year’s results.

“It’s awesome to see how many people got out and supported our local businesses this holiday season! Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to everyone that made a commitment to shop local this year,” said Zach Agett, Marketing and Events Manager at JRC.

The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation makes Jamestown better through inspiration, action, and celebration. For more information about Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, please visit www.jamestownrenaissance.org or call 716-489-3491. You can also learn more about the organization by visiting their Facebook page.

JRC Announces 2018 Storefront Holiday Decorating Contest Winners

Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) has announced the winners of the annual Downtown Jamestown Storefront Holiday Decorating Contest. The contest began in 2015 as a way to encourage business owners in downtown Jamestown to dress up their businesses for the holidays and to increase the curb appeal for visitors shopping and eating downtown during the holiday season. 25 businesses participated in 2018 and were judged by members of the Jamestown area community.

“Congratulations to the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, our first place winner!  There were many beautiful windows this year.  Thank you to all of the businesses who decorated, and thank you to all of the judges for volunteering their time to carefully check out each window,” said Kristy Kathman, Deputy Director for JRC. “Between the window decorations, the tree in Tracy Plaza, and the decorations on the streets, downtown Jamestown looks very festive!”

Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, 1st Place Winner

The second place winner was Crown Street Roasting Company, and third place went to The Jamestown Gazette. Each business that participated in the holiday decorating contest had a chance to win an advertising grant from the JRC and Jamestown Up Close to use in the coming year ranging from $1,000 to $250.

“Our staff is very excited to have won this year’s Storefront Holiday Decorating Contest! We would like to thank all who voted for our window this year and to all the other businesses who participated with their beautifully decorated windows. So many businesses came out and decorated our town so beautifully for the season to come! Our staff looks forward to this event every year as it really gets the town into the holiday spirit,” said Sarah Snavley, Retail Coordinator for the Museum.  “This contest is a huge team effort and I couldn’t have asked for a better team to help me decorate it. Thank you again, Jamestown and Happy Holidays from the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum and the National Comedy Center!”

The storefront decorating contest ran from November 30 to December 9. The People’s Choice award was determined via Facebook vote which ran from December 3 to December 9.  Patient’s Pharmacy won the People’s Choice award, and chose The Cherry Lounge as the place they would like to receive a $100 lunch voucher to for their staff. 

The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation makes Jamestown better through inspiration, action, and celebration. For more information on Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, please visit www.jamestownrenaissance.org or call 716-489-3491. You can also learn more about the organization by joining their Facebook page.

2019 Renaissance Block Challenge Applications Available

The Renaissance Block Challenge (RBC) program will be available in 2019 for the ninth consecutive year. Sponsored by Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC), the RBC encourages groups of neighbors to collaborate on exterior improvements to their properties in order to boost confidence in Jamestown’s neighborhoods and inspire others to reinvest. Since 2011, 45 neighborhoods have participated in JRC’s Renaissance Block Challenge with 450 property owners investing more than $1.3 million in exterior improvements and repairs.

In the past, all neighborhoods in Jamestown had the opportunity to apply for this grant. In 2017, a Housing Market Analysis and Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy study was performed by czb LLC. This study suggests focusing on specific areas of the city for housing revitalization. After many discussions with community partners, including Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. (COI), Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation (CHRIC), Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation, the City of Jamestown, and local foundations, the area around Allen Park and UPMC- Chautauqua was chosen as the 2019 target area. (See map)

Property owners in the target area who wish to participate in the 2019 RBC need to form a neighborhood cluster with a minimum of five property owners that can include homeowners, landlords and businesses. Once a group is formed, the pre-application process can start.

Pre-applications for property owners will be available on JRC’s website jamestownrenaissance.org, under “Healthy Neighborhoods” starting Saturday, December 1st. The pre-applications will be due Friday, February 15th, 2019.

Each property is eligible for a match up to $2,000 to facilitate their exterior projects. Projects funded in the program include painting, porch repair, soffit repair, sidewalk repair, new mailboxes, exterior lighting, front-yard landscaping, front doors/windows, driveways, driveway aprons, and gutters.

Aside from matching grant funding, participating homeowners have access to discounts from sponsoring hardware stores and garden centers as well as discounts on coordinated purchasing of materials, services, and design.

The RBC pre-applications will be reviewed, and invitations to the final applications will be announced in March. In the final applications, participants outline exterior improvements they wish to complete and skills they can bring to projects in their cluster. The neighborhoods with the best chance of being approved for the program are those that can demonstrate a commitment to cultivating strong communication between neighbors and a shared sense of identity so that momentum gained in 2019 can be carried forward and result in a sustainable impact on the community.

“While the Renaissance Block Challenge financially assists homeowners with curb appeal improvements to their properties, the real benefit is an increase in pride of ownership within each of these neighborhoods,” says Mary Maxwell, JRC’s Neighborhood Project Associate. “And on top of that, and more importantly, there is an increase in communication among the neighbors.” Block parties, neighborhood sales and group participation in volunteer activities become annual events.

Learn more about the Renaissance Block Cluster application process by attending one of the informational workshops (see the facts box). All the workshops are the same. Interested property owners only need to attend one, not all.  Attendance is not required but it is highly recommended.


Renaissance Block Challenge Dates

  • Thursday, January 10th, 2019: Application informational workshop at 6 p.m. at the UPMC-Chautauqua auditorium (WCA on Foote Ave.)
  • Saturday, January 12th, 2019: Application informational workshop at 10:00 a.m. at the JRC offices, 301 East 2nd Street, Suite 301.
  • Friday, February 15th, 2019: Deadline for pre-applications.
  • March 2019: Invitations to the final applications will be announced in March.
  • April 2019: Final applications are due Friday, April 19, 2019

Funding for the Renaissance Block Challenge program is being provided by the John Alfred and Oscar Johnson Memorial Trust and The Lenna Foundation, with support from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and The Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation.

Jamestown Renaissance Corporation makes Jamestown better through inspiration, action, and celebration. Find the pre-application HERE or email mary@jamestownrenaissance.org with any questions.

Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration Fireworks Brought to You By Chautauqua Region Community Foundation

 

Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) is proud to continue their partnership with the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and once again bring fireworks to the annual Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration. The parade will be held tonight, November 30th with live music at 5pm by We Speak Canadian, the parade kickoff, tree lighting, and National Anthem at 6pm, and the Santa-led fireworks celebration at the conclusion of the parade.

Lisa Lynde, CRCF, Dr. Gregory Jones, OD, CRCF, and Kristy Kathman, JRC

The fireworks, which are produced by Young Explosives Corporation out of Rochester, are possible thanks to the generosity of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. “We have a great partnership with the Community Foundation, and we are excited to continue that partnership for this year’s Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration. The fireworks are the perfect way to conclude the parade, and the Community Foundation’s support has allowed them to continue,” said Zach Agett, Marketing and Events Manager at JRC.

The fireworks will be launched from the Spring Street Parking Garage, and do require the weather and wind to cooperate. If all goes as planned, they will be launched with a countdown from Santa between 8 and 8:30pm.

Christmas Parade Grand Marshal, Jeff Smith, to be Transported by Elite Kreations

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (November 28, 2018) – Elite Kreations has once again partnered with Jamestown Renaissance Corporation to provide the transportation of this year’s Grand Marshal, Jeff Smith. Jeff, currently the Director of Food Service for Jamestown Public Schools, served our community as the Executive Director at the St. Susan Center for the past four years.

(From Left) Elite Kreations Staff: Juan Santiago, Mike Patterson, Colton Rowley, Robert Reedy, Debbie Reedy, Sean Conley, Tracy Lang, Justin Martin, (James Gorton), and JRC’s Zach Agett

“I am extremely humbled to have been chosen to be the Grand Marshall of this year’s parade,” remarked Jeff. While Jeff accomplished many great things during his time at the St. Susan Center, he is most proud of the summer lunch program. Started three and a half years ago, the program has provided over 40,000 lunches for the children who attend all the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club summer parks, playgrounds, reading programs, in addition to the 120,000 meals prepared annually at the Soup Kitchen.

    Jeff Smith

Linnea Carlson, Jamestown Public Market Manager asserted, “Jeff is a true pillar in our community, holding a deep passion for giving back to his home city. This has been exemplified during his tenure at St. Susan Center, and his dedication will shine as he moves on to the Jamestown Public School District. Jeff’s commitment to others has helped bring the Summer Meals Program to children in need, led significant efforts to combat hunger in Jamestown, and built successful community partnerships. His kindness extends to each and every person, young to old, and I can think of no one better to honor this year as Grand Marshal.”

The Jamestown Christmas Parade starts tomorrow, Friday, November 30th at 6:30pm. Elite Kreations is sponsoring  the Downtown Jamestown  Christmas  parade for the 4th year in a row as the official transportation of the Grand Marshal. In their 10th year of business, Elite Kreations offer everything from auto detailing and services to landscaping, snow removal, and a moving company. The also maintain their status as the top rated U-Haul dealer in the Jamestown area. Elite Kreations is a local family owned business that cares for its customers and employees and is always willing to give thanks to the community that has helped them grow to where they are today.

Shults Auto Group Will Provide Santa’s Transportation for Jamestown’s Christmas Parade

Shults Auto Group has been announced as the official transportation of Santa Claus at the Candy Land Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration scheduled for Friday, November 30, in downtown Jamestown. Shults will provide transportation for Santa Claus through the holiday parade to City Hall.

Matthew Kahm, Shults Auto Group & Pete Miraglia, Jamestown Renaissance Corporation

Matthew Kahm, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Shults Auto Group said, “We are once again excited to sponsor this annual event that brings joy to so many children and families as the official kick off to the holiday season.  Thank you to all of our customers who make it possible for us to continue sponsoring local events in our community.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at Shults Auto Group!”

Shults Auto Group creates multiple parade vehicles each year using vehicles available for sale or lease throughout their network of dealerships. This is the fifth year in a row they have been the official transportation of Santa Claus. “Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is excited to welcome Shults back as Santa’s official transportation. They have continually stepped up to support downtown events and our community as a whole,” said Zach Agett, Marketing and Events Manager at Jamestown Renaissance Corporation.

After the parade, Santa will be visiting the Jamestown YMCA, where Santa’s Workshop will be running from 7-9pm. The YMCA has planned many fun holiday activities and will give families the chance to visit with other holiday favorites like Frosty and Rudolph. 

Jamestown Renaissance Corporation makes Jamestown better through inspiration, action, and celebration. For more information on Jamestown Renaissance Corporation’s special events, please visit www.jamestownrenaissance.org, or email zach@jamestownrenaissance.org.

Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration Scheduled for Friday, November 30, 2018

The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is pleased to announce that the annual Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration, presented by The Resource Center, will feature pre-parade musical entertainment, a traditional tree lighting ceremony with Mayor Sam Teresi, and a fireworks display above the Spring Street parking ramp. Applications to participate in the parade are now being accepted and are available for download online.

(From Left) Nikki Brunecz, TRC, Steve Waterson, TRC, Heather Brown, TRC, Kristy Kathman, JRC, and Bruce Main, TRC

The Candy Land Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration will be held on Friday, November 30, beginning at 6:30 pm. This year’s Candy Land theme was decided through a community vote held on Facebook. The parade itself will begin on the Third Street Bridge and continue down Third Street toward City Hall. Parade line up will begin at 5:00 pm on West Third Street between Hallock Street and Porter Avenue (Farm Fresh Plaza).

The downtown Jamestown holiday parade has been a long standing tradition in the city for decades. Dozens of area businesses, social organizations, and nonprofits come downtown the evening of the parade to celebrate the holidays, attend one of many area holiday events, and support local business. One of these nonprofits, The Resource Center, has returned again as presenting sponsor, and JRC is proud to continue its partnership with this great community organization.

Heather Brown, Assistant Executive Director at the Resource Center said, “The Resource Center is proud to sponsor the Christmas Parade in downtown Jamestown again this year.  It is the true spirit of community, which brings us all together to celebrate as well as give back to family and friends throughout the holiday season. The Parade is just one example of an amazing community of partners and we are so pleased to provide our support.”

“The parade is a wonderful tradition, and we are happy to sponsor the parade as a way of giving back to our community and thanking everyone for the support they give to The Resource Center throughout the year,” remarked Steve Waterson, Director of Community Relations, Marketing and Development for The Resource Center.

The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation makes Jamestown better through inspiration, action, and celebration. For more information on Jamestown Renaissance Corporation special events or to sign up for the Candy Land Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration, please visit www.jamestownrenaissance.org to download the application or email zach@jamestownrenaissance.org.

JRC Appoints Interim Executive Director

Peter Miraglia has been appointed interim executive director of the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) following the resignation of Lisa Hatch, effective October 9th. The JRC is a non-profit organization that supports the implementation of downtown, waterfront and neighborhood revitalization strategies in Jamestown.

Peter has been an active member of the JRC board of directors for the past 3 years and serves on the urban core and neighborhood revitalization subcommittees. He also serves on the Mayor’s ad-hoc downtown parking study.

In 2001 Peter purchased and began renovations of the former Nelson’s Department store building located on East 2nd Street in Jamestown. The building currently houses several prominent businesses including Chautauqua Music, Afloral.com and Studio D Catering.

Peter was born in Jamestown and grew up in the local area. He holds a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Buffalo State College and completed 30 hours of graduate studies at George Washington University. Peter gained extensive project management and supervisory experience throughout a career that spanned more than 30 years in federal government agencies, including 5 years as an active duty officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.

In 2012, Peter moved back to Jamestown with his wife Melissa. As native of the Jamestown area, Peter is excited to take an active role in the revitalization of his hometown.

At Jamestown Renaissance Corporation we make Jamestown better through inspiration, action, and celebration. For more information about JRC, please visit jamestownrenaissance.org.