Business Development

We are helping regional manufacturers with funds for equipment/software if they are making improvements that help them produce parts/components/services in the clean energy sector. Go over to our Retool WNY page for details. 

 We welcomed students from the Springville P-TECH Electrical Construction & Maintenance Programs to the Jamestown BPU recently for an informational session on jobs in the electrical trades and specific jobs at the BPU. Students toured the Power Plant and one of the BPU sub-stations and talked with engineers and transmission and distribution staff.

T&D Supervisor Leading Discussion with PTECH students 112923Power Plant Engineer leading JBPU Power Plant Tour with PTECH Students 112923

PTECH Students at Dow St with Sr. Electrical Engineer

The Springville program is part of the Erie 2 Chautauqua Cattaraugus BOCES system and students attend classes for up to six years, graduating with both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree from SUNY Alfred State College.

 The group heard from Transmission and Distribution Manager Tye Flurie about his own career path from line worker to management and the types of positions available in electrical utilities. Assistant Labor Relations Administrator Shannon Pattyson reviewed job titles, requirements and benefits available to BPU employees who work in various titles in the Electric Division.

 The students, who are seniors and super seniors in the P-TECH program, learned about the power plant operations and visited the substation where the utility’s allocation of hydropower from the Niagara Power Project is delivered through transmission lines and distributed to industrial, commercial and residential customers.


The students’ visit was arranged by Business Development Coordinator Ellen Ditonto as part of the BPU’s Retool WNY initiative aimed at business recruitment and workforce development opportunities in the emerging cleantech/climate tech sector.


As part of our effort to support workforce development in our region, we also paid a visit to the Springville P-TECH Academy. Assistant Labor Relations Administrator Shannon Pattyson and Business Development Coordinator Ellen Ditonto spoke with Principal Heather Banks and Counselor Betty Sue Darling about the Computer Information Systems and Electrical Construction & Maintenance Programs, and met faculty and students engaged in hands-on learning about residential and industrial electrical wiring and circuits as well as integrated building systems. 

PTECH Visit Springville Shannon P 102023Shannon Pattyson, JBPU's Assistant Labor Relations Administrator (above) and Ellen Ditonto, JBPU's Business Development Coordinator (below) at Springville's P-TECH Academy.Springville PTECH visit E DITONTO 102023

Learn more about P-TECH here


Our "Making Matters Here" series can be found on the JBPU YouTube channel:

Check out our latest promotional video with Reishore Clothing, located in downtown Jamestown. 

Making Matters Here Videos

Check out our catalog of videos promoting regional businesses in the BPU territory. 

Is there a business/manufacturer in the Jamestown BPU territory that you want to nominate to be part of our "Making Matters Here" series?  Send a message to:

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Our Retool WNY initiative is centered on opportunities in our region in clean tech/climate tech. Find out more here

Are you in business and looking for a new location? Or a new supplier? Find out more about Chautauqua County and its many assets for business, education and recreation. Looking to relocate? Click here for more information.

The City of Jamestown is a low-cost, high-quality alternative to expensive cities for budget-conscious entrepreneurs. Jamestown enjoys a bustling downtown that includes retail shops, restaurants and world-class destinations like the National Comedy Center, Robert H. Jackson Center, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History and the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. Near downtown are many available sites for light industrial, manufacturing and commercial development including sites at the nearby Mason Industrial Park. All benefit from the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities’ low-cost electricity, abundant water and superior customer service.

The Jamestown BPU can help your new or existing business in several ways:

  • Technical consulting from our experts for local site selection
  • Connections to local experts ready to assist your business
  • Competitive, economic development rates for large electricity customers

Expand, Relocate, Start-Up

Whether you’re looking to expand operations into a 50,000 square foot facility, relocate your business to one of the world’s largest economies, or open a new neighborhood pub, the Jamestown BPU can answer your questions and direct you to available resources.

Available Properties in Chautauqua County

Strategic Location

Jamestown’s mix of city amenities and rural charm belie our proximity to major metropolitan areas including Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Toronto, Rochester and Erie, PA. In Jamestown, our businesses are never more than a 3-hour drive to over 14 million potential customers. We are an ideal location to establish and grow your new business!

With dozens of available sites to suit every need, a vibrant and growing medical campus in the heart of the city, inexpensive rents and an updated infrastructure, Jamestown provides quality locations to both new and established businesses.

Target Industries

  • Agribusiness and Agritourism
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Food Processing
  • Growing operations
  • Healthcare
  • Logistics & Distribution
  • Water-intensive industries