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The chairwoman of the Chautauqua County Legislature's Planning and Economic Development Committee wants to see if there may be a more "user-friendly" headquarters for the Industrial Development Agency.

The agency's offices, for more than a decade, have been in the county's Riverside Industrial Center on Harrison Street in Jamestown. The center, according to Director Richard Alexander, currently houses six businesses.

Committee Chairwoman Nancy Bargar, D-Lakewood, indicated after Tuesday's meeting that she believes that a move might help attract new companies.

"For a business like ours, which is trying to market (the) wonderful qualities of Chautauqua County, we need to be some place where the parking is clearly designated, where we have a three-dimensional sign, not just one flush with the building, and something that's convenient, accessible and much friendlier, I think," said Bargar.

Bargar asked Alexander to look at potential locations. But Bargar noted there are some legal barriers to such a move being made in the immediate future.

Alexander said he would look into the matter before next month's meeting, but quickly added that any talk of a move is speculative and that the IDA still has obligations at the Riverside building. He noted that grants were used to get the facility up and running as an incubator for small industrial businesses.

In other matters, the committee approved two resolutions dealing with huge increases in home heating oil and gas prices.

One calls on the state to investigate why natural gas prices have jumped so much over the past year. The second calls on the state to eliminate the Gross Receipts Tax on gas and heating oil. Members believe it's hurting both residents and businesses.

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