Economic Development in Jamestown, NY

The local economy of Jamestown has a past and present that is similar to many other rust belt cities in America. Manufacturing plays a large role, but much smaller than decades past. The service industry has grown a great deal to provide job opportunities for the community, but it is the healthcare industry that is the leading employment sector in Jamestown with WCA Hospital and Jamestown Area Medical Associates as anchor institutions. In recent years, the arts, culture, and tourism sector has grown as Jamestown has become a destination throughout the year for tourists. With Jamestown Community College, Jamestown Business College, and a strong public school system, education services is the third largest sector for employment in the city.

Just like other rust belt cities, Jamestown is still defining what its economy will be in the future. There are several great organizations working to progress the city and build jobs within the Pearl City. Please browse the list below and if you have any questions please contact us or any of the organizations directly.


Jamestown Renaissance Corporation

301 E Second Street, Suite 301, Jamestown NY, 14701; 716-664-2477;

Through a wide range of public-private partnerships, the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) coordinates the implementation of the City of Jamestown's Urban Design Plan and Neighborhood Revitalization Plan—and facilitates ongoing dialogue around issues that affect implementation of both plans. And through revitalization incentives and planning support, the JRC is committed to capturing the opportunity for development and rejuvenation of downtown and its waterfront while also working to give residents the resources to invest in their homes and engage with their neighbors.

Jamestown Local Development Corporation

Third Floor Municipal Building
200 E Third Street, Jamestown NY, 14701; 716-483-7541;

The lending arm of the City of Jamestown since 1981, this revolving loan fund has made loans to over 243 Jamestown businesses totaling over $13,100,000, leveraging over $82,200,000 in private investments and creating over 2,340 jobs.

Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency

Third Floor Municipal Building
200 E. Third Street, Jamestown NY, 14701; 716-483-7541;

JURA administers the City of Jamestown's annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Program entitlements from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It is also responsible for housing and building code enforcement, planning, zoning, and grant administration functions.

Jamestown Small Business Development Center

Jamestown Community College
525 Falconer Street, Jamestown, NY 14702; 716-338-1024; website

The SBDC emphasizes counseling and training services to women, veterans, people with special needs, and minority clients. They also focuses on projects that advance the job development, investment, and economic growth priorities of New York State, with an emphasis on manufacturers, exporters and technology-oriented firms.

Full-time professional SBDC business advisors, with the knowledge and experience to provide entrepreneurs with expert counseling and training, staff each SBDC regional center. Their skills are augmented by the New York SBDC Research Network - one of the most advanced business information resources in the country. The Research Network, located in Albany, New York, provides New York SBDC business advisors with the latest economic, demographic, regulatory, and other data that can have an impact on small business success.

Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency

201 W Third Street, Suite 115, Jamestown, NY 14701; (716) 661-8900;

The CCIDA is an economic development organization authorized and empowered by the State of New York to make Chautauqua County a better place to work, live, and visit. We facilitate development by attracting new businesses, while promoting the retention and expansion of existing businesses. Assistance in the forms of incentives – tax abatements, low interest loans, and bond financing – enhances the opportunities for job creation and retention by our businesses.

Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc

402 Chandler Street, Jamestown, NY, 14701; 716-661-9430;

Since 1965, Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. (COI) has led the fight against poverty by creating a pathway for low-income or at-risk families in Chautauqua County to work toward greater self-sufficiency and a better quality of life. 

COI, in conjunction with its many partners, builds a foundation for empowerment and opportunities through its five divisions: Health Services, Family Services, Early Education and Youth Services, and Housing and Community Development. 

Jamestown Board of Public Utilities

92 Steele Street, Jamestown, NY, 14701; 716-661-1660;

The Jamestown BPU provides electric, water, waste water, district heating/cooling, and solid waste services to the Jamestown area. The BPU provides a variety of incentives to residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Learn more about these incentives and the BPU here

Jamestown Young Professionals

JYP is a group of young professionals dedicated to creating opportunities to connect the new minds of Jamestown. We build strong social and professional networks. We are transforming Jamestown into a modern city, aware of the past but with a focus on the future. JYP also manages Greater Jamestown Jobs.

Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber is where businesses join together to work on common issues and encourage positive change. Supporting businesses of all sizes, the Chamber drives the issues that matter the most in both the county and in Jamestown. As the center of a metropolitan area of more than 70,000 residents and a market area of nearly 175,000 people, Jamestown supports a broad diversity of industry, modern commercial establishments and financial institutions, and provides a myriad of cultural and recreation opportunities for its residents. For more information on the Jamestown Community Chamber click here.