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Greater Rochester/Finger Lakes Region designated a Manufacturing Community

ROCToday, the Greater Rochester/Finger Lakes Region of New York was designated as one of the first 12 Manufacturing Communities by The U.S. Department of Commerce as part of its Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative. The U.S. Commerce Department-led program is designed to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in communities nationwide by supporting the development of long-term economic development strategies that help communities attract and expand private investment in the manufacturing sector and increase international trade and exports.

“The 12 Manufacturing Communities announced today represent a diverse group of communities with the most comprehensive economic development plans to attract business investment that will increase their competitiveness,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “IMCP is a critical part of our ‘Open for Business Agenda’ to strengthen the American manufacturing sector and attract more investment to the United States. Innovative programs like IMCP encourage American communities to work together to craft  strong, clear, strategic plans to attract manufacturing investment and jobs to transform themselves into globally competitive commercial hubs.”

Selected based on the strength of its economic development plan, the New York Finger Lakes region, led by the City of Rochester was selected out of more than 70 applicants based on the strength of their economic development plan,the potential community impact, and the depth of their partnerships across the public and private sectors to carry the plan out.

As one of the 12 designated Manufacturing Communities, the area will receive coordinated support for their strategies from eleven federal agencies with $1.3 billion available in federal economic development assistance.

These communities will also receive a dedicated federal liaison at each agency that will help them navigate available federal resources. They will also be recognized on a government website, accessible to prospective private foreign and domestic investors, looking for information on communities’ competitive attributes.

In order to earn the designation, communities had to demonstrate the significance of manufacturing already present in their region and develop strategies to make investments in six areas: 1) workforce and training, 2) advanced research, 3) infrastructure and site development, 4) supply chain support, 5) trade and international investment, 6) operational improvement and capital access.

In September 2013, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration and other agencies awarded $7 million in IMCP grants to 44 communities to support the development of long-term economic development strategies to help them attract and expand private investment in the manufacturing sector and increase international trade and exports. The Obama Administration officially launched the national IMCP competition in December 2013. Later this year, the Administration plans to launch a second IMCP competition to designate additional communities, as well as convene the 70 communities that applied for designation to share best practices in economic development planning.

Events boost upstate travel tourism

Central and Western New York’s travel tourism industry continues to get a boost from a series of events held there. NASCAR at Watkins Glen and the 2013 PGA Championship in Pittsford, were major draws this past weekend. Other regional events included the Fingerlakes Region AACA 41st Annual Car Show and a Wizard of Oz fundraiser in Syracuse to save the childhood home of the author.

Tiger Woods was one of the many pro-golfers who would “absolutely” want to play the Oak Hill course again saying, “It’s a fantastic golf course.”

These events go a long way in promoting travel tourism in upstate New York and more activities are planned.

Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that he would hold a special tour to bring leading wine industry professionals, restaurateurs and tourism officials together to promote New York’s award-winning wines and drive tourism to the Finger Lakes region during this year’s New York Wine & Food Classic wine competition. The annual wine competition is being held Tuesday, August 13.

The New York City Wine and Food Festival, being held in October at The Lighthouse on Pier 61, will also feature a special brunch hosted by The Governor, featuring Chefs from the state’s top restaurants. The event will feature the best what New York farms, butchers, brewers, distilleries, and wineries have to offer.


Finger Lakes REDC meeting

The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council will hold a public meeting today, Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at the Wegmans Conference Center in Rochester, NY.  Businesses, organizations, labor representatives and university representatives from the Finger Lakes region encompassing Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates counties are welcome to attend.

Topics discussed will include membership changes, an update on the Eastman Business Park, a NY Works Task Force presentation and a REDC Round III review and update.

Where: Wegmans Conference Center
200 Wegmans Market Street
Rochester, New York 14624

When: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
3 to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Laura Magee at Empire State Development.