From development projects to neighborhood revitalization, the City of Jamestown, New York, is experiencing an economic and cultural renaissance. Jamestown is a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family. For more information, visit www.jamestownupclose.com.
We want to hear what you think are the key challenges and opportunities along North Main Street. Use the map at the link below (or by clicking this picture) to leave your feedback on improvements you would like to see at specific locations — or trouble spots that should be addressed. CLICK HERE
In preparation for the opening of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York, the Gebbie Foundation engaged AECOM Technical Services, Inc. (AECOM) to evaluate strategic economic development opportunities downtown that would help maximize the economic impact of the National Comedy Center in downtown. CLICK HERE to read the recent study.
Why is Jamestown a renaissance city? Read JRC’s Report to the Community to see how partnerships and innovative strategies are making Jamestown a laboratory for small city revitalization.
How would stronger regulation of rental housing improve conditions in Jamestown’s neighborhoods? Learn about the trends influencing Jamestown’s revitalization — and ways to address current and chronic issues — through JRC’s Policy Research.
News & Updates
Homeowners along and near Lakeview Avenue can now receive tax credits for renovation work. Earlier this month, the state Board for Historic Preservation approved adding Lakeview Avenue to the state Register of Historic Places. This is the first residential neighborhood in Jamestown to be added to the list. Greg Lindquist, Jamestown Renaissance Corporation executive director, said adding Lakeview Avenue to the list follows the addition of downtown Jamestown to the list in 2014.
Businesses are expanding their hours and holiday decorations are lighting up the streets of downtown Jamestown in preparation for The Gift Exchange Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration, presented by The Resource Center. One key part of the holiday parade year after year is the fireworks display lit from the top of the Spring Street parking ramp. Thanks to a generous contribution from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the fireworks will again be a part of the 2016 event.
After sustaining injuries during the apprehension of a suspect in the city earlier this month, K9 Officer Mitchell of the Jamestown Police Department will be recognized as the City of Jamestown’s Christmas parade Grand Marshal. K9 Officer Mitchell, along with his handler Officer Eric Kraft, are being honored for helping keep the community safe. Their transportation in the parade is sponsored by Elite Kreation$ Auto Detailing.
Shults Auto Group has been announced as the official transportation of Santa Claus at the Gift Exchange Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration scheduled for Friday, December 2, in downtown Jamestown. Shults will provide transportation for Santa Claus through the holiday parade to City Hall as well as co-host a food drive that evening.
We have announced the theme for this year’s downtown Jamestown holiday parade. The Gift Exchange 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.
The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) has announced details for the 2017 Renaissance Block Challenge, a program that offers matching funds to home owners up to $2,000 to put towards exterior home improvements. The program encourages and rewards neighborhood groups to work together in an effort to reinvest in their own communities.
On Thursday, July 18, state and local officials gathered at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, located at 116 E. Third St., for the announcement that downtown Jamestown will receive $10 million from the state through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.
The Jamestown Neighborhood Alliance (JNA) will host a discussion by the Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation concerning the many ways the organization is fighting blight in the community. The Land Bank presentation will be held on Thursday, August 25, at 7:00 pm at the Lillian Vitanza Ney Renaissance Center located at 119-121 W. Third Street. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.
The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and the Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market will hold a Market to Table fundraising event in downtown Jamestown at the end of this month. The event will showcase how locally grown products can be used in the home to create healthy and creative meals. The event will feature fruits and vegetables found at the farmers market every week.