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The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency is receiving calls from industries that want to use the agency's resources to cut their costs.

Administrative Director Richard Alexander told the agency's board of directors Wednesday that a Lakewood company, Cummins Engine, and two Dunkirk companies, Empire Specialty Steel and Special Metals Corp., have contacted the agency.

Board President Frank Pagano said some companies that have loans with the agency have also been in contact.

Alexander said the agency hopes to coordinate efforts to install fiber-optic lines. The Jamestown Board of Public Utility and the county want to bring the lines into industrial parks.

The agency is also working with a prospective purchaser of the building at Chadwick Bay Industrial Park in Sheridan. Federal and state sources for loans will be explored.

In other business, the agency:

Set a public hearing for 9 a.m. July 3 in its offices at 200 Harrison St., Jamestown, on the eminent-domain procedure for properties in the West End Development Area, where a new ice rink will be located. The Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency will co-sponsor the hearing. Alexander said that either the city or the CCIDA will be the actual party to proceed with the land acquisition.

Authorized buying the Watson lot on Harrison Street in Jamestown for $1. It did not specify why.

The CCIDA board also serves as the board for Chautauqua Region Industrial Development Corp., which owns the Riverside Industrial Center, 200 Harrison St., Jamestown, where the CCIDA has its offices.

Approved one-year leases at the industrial center for six organizations: the CCIDA; Harrington-Sandberg Architects; the Private Industry Council; Southern Tier Environments for Living; TGVA Surveying; and TVB America, which manufactures low-precision ball bearings in Yugoslavia and is using the Jamestown location for its sales and marketing office. Also approved was a five-year lease for Abate Engineering.

Gave the necessary approvals to accept a $48,000 federal rural development grant to be used for a food-processing technology program at Fredonia State College.

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