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For Immediate Release:
August 8, 2012

Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales and Jamestown Mayor Samuel Teresi Launch
New City of Jamestown Tourism Initiative

New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales, City of Jamestown Mayor Samuel Teresi, local officials and others today launched the City’s First Self-Guided Walking Tour Brochure. This is one element of an overall City of Jamestown Branding Study that was funded by the New York Department of State.

“From the timeless humor you might expect from Lucille Ball’s hometown, to an entire community dedicated to lifelong learning, you’ll find captivating stories that make life wonderful and in Jamestown it’s all just steps away,” said Secretary Perales. “This remarkable partnership between the State and City of Jamestown will help drive new visitors and economic opportunity to this wonderful part of the State. I applaud the City for taking the initiative to highlight its greatness.”

"The walking tour initiative highlights Jamestown as the historic and cultural jewel of Western New York," said City of Jamestown Mayor Samuel Teresi. "I commend the work of this public-private partnership and we welcome all people from New York State and beyond to experience the City of Jamestown."

The Self Guides Walking Tour brochure contains a map to guide visitors on a walking tour of Jamestown’s architecture, museums, outdoor sculptures and public art. The guide starts at the historic Gateway Station- under renovation-at Second and Lafayette Streets. Walking through downtown, visitors will find plenty of fine restaurants in which to recharge. Over two-dozen Historical Markers explain Jamestown’s unique history.

The brochure was prepared through an $84,500 New York Department of State Environmental Protection Fund Local Waterfront Redevelopment Program (EPF LWRP) grant award.  The grant award also included preparation of a Tourism Branding Study and Marketing Action Plan (completed September 2010), a tourism website (launched February 2011), and production of an interactive tourism attractions map to be located at several locations around the city (to be completed by December 2012). Additional brochure funding was provided through the Chautauqua County Occupancy Tax Program.

Jamestown, New York began as a lumbering camp with pioneer settlers clearing primeval forests to create farmland. It was named for James Prendergast, Jamestown's first family. By the Civil War, the railroad had arrived. Within a generation or two, Jamestown became a bustling city with robust textile mills, world-renowned furniture factories and a rich cultural life. The elegant Victorian-era homes you'll see on the tour are reflections of the hard work and past wealth of the community. Today, this city of 30,000 citizens is a magnet for people looking for the special qualities of a small town, one with all the benefits of a large city–education, culture, recreation and entertainment.

Visit for Historic Jamestown attractions you’re sure to enjoy.