Nancy Bargar, candidate for the New York State Assembly, recently cited Chautauqua County tourism as a "critically important component of our local economy."
Bargar, a former member of the Chautauqua Visitor's Bureau, said that a study done of the county indicates that more than $190 million per year comes into Chautauqua County by people who come to visit and experience the area.
"We live in a very beautiful part of New York State," she said, "and we have invested in a tremendous infrastructure to promote tourism here. Whether you are interested in fishing, snowmobiling, skiing, hiking, golf or boating we have an affordable way for people to do it here in Chautauqua County. With our lakes, streams, hills and magnificent out-of-doors, we are a natural magnet for people looking for an affordable way to spend their leisure time. If elected, I am committed to continuing New York State's support of the tourism interest in this county."
Bargar also said that the landscape and agricultural community were important factors in encouraging tourism. "Whether you want to drive to an overlook site, visit a farm winery or attend an Amish auction in Clymer - you can do it right here. The same can be said for other destinations like the Lucy-Desi Center, museums like the Fenton History Center in Jamestown or the McClurg Mansion & Museum in Westfield, and the growing visitor attention we see at places like the Robert H. Jackson Center, the Fredonia Opera House, RTPI, and Audubon. All of this is what makes Chautauqua County special."
Finally, Bargar, who recently completed eight years on its Board of Trustees, commented on her own experience at Chautauqua Institution: "My family has for many years spent summers at Chautauqua. There is no place like it in America. For people interested in culture, the arts, music and education this is as good as it gets. An independent study has found that the Institution, directly or indirectly on its own, provides more than 1900 seasonal and permanent jobs each year and that its economic impact adds millions of dollars annually to our local economy.
For Chautauqua and for all of those involved in the tourism industry in Chautauqua County, I pledge to work hard for you in Albany so that your voices are heard in the State Capitol."