Becky Robbins introduced our own Jason Sample, the Communications and Marketing Coordinator for the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency and the Chautauqua County Partnership for Economic Growth. As part of his position, he assisted with developing and launching the County’s talent attraction and retention marketing campaign LIVE CHQ.

Born, raised, and educated locally at Falconer High School. He received an associate degree in communications from Jamestown Community College before transferring to West Virginia University, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Jason has worked in local media for over 20 years including news reporter, news anchor, play-by-play for live sporting events, disc jockey and program director – all for Media One Radio Group. He also served as public affairs director and general manager of WRFA Radio for a dozen years and as editor and writer for the Chautauqua Star weekly community newspaper.

While working in media, he has interviewed countless individuals and organized and hosted various events and programs, including local election debates, community forums, live music events, and fundraisers.

Jason’s commitment to our community is commendable. He is a trustee of the Chautauqua County Historical Society and previously served as a program committee chair. His notable contributions include writing and producing the Bicentennial Biography series in 2011, which highlighted 200 individuals for the county’s 200th birthday celebration. He also shares his knowledge through lectures on local history topics. Additionally, he has served as a board member at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts.

Jason and his wife Johanna live in Jamestown with their two cats. When not working, Jason enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, and staying active – regardless of the weather or season.

LIVE – CHQ is a joint marketing campaign launched by the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency and the Chautauqua County Partnership for Economic Growth in 2024 to assist with talent attraction and retention efforts across Chautauqua County, NY. The overall goal of the campaign is to help raise awareness of Chautauqua County as a viable place for individuals and families to live by speaking to the sensibilities, desires, and expectations of people who are considering the county as their primary residence.

A major component of Live CHQ is a new website - – that will inform the public about the county’s quality of life aspects in addition to employment resources and business development opportunities. The campaign is intended to help local companies, businesses, and not for profits by helping to inform possible employees about all the county has to offer.

Please read through Jason’s excellent presentation here or watch the ZOOM recording to understand it for yourself.

Thank you Jason!