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Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council

Amazon announced last week that it's looking for a home for its second headquarters. Could Rochester be in the running?

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy says yes, and he has already written two letters to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, touting Rochester's qualifications.

Amazon says it will invest $5 billion in "HQ2" and create 50,000 new jobs over the next two decades. Its requirements for a new home include a metropolitan area with at least a million people, a skilled labor force, and access to transit.

But what would it take to bring Amazon to Rochester? What kind of tax credits, workforce grants, and utility incentives would be required to woo the company here? And if Rochester delivered and won the bid, would it be worth it? Our guests weigh in. In studio:

What Governor Andrew Cuomo describes as the nation’s largest hydroponic commercial greenhouse will locate its operations at the Eastman Business Park.

Clearwater Organic Farms will build a 650,000 square foot facility that will produce fresh, locally grown, organic baby leaf greens year-round. The project is expected to create 137 new full-time jobs, most of which will be in packaging, shipping, receiving and warehousing. 55 of those jobs are reserved for veterans or those who are underemployed.

Bob Duffy recently called the state to make permanent its economic development council framework. "It works," Duffy wrote in the D&C. He says states have to adopt some business principles, like fostering competition, to be successful.

So we sit down with leaders of the Rochester Finger Lakes Council to discuss jobs, growth, and why they believe it's worth the investment. They respond to critics, and we get an update on what to expect from photonics. Our guests from the council:

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Despite the country’s 4.6 percent unemployment rate, Rochester Regional Health, an organization which prides itself on a dedication to healthcare, education and job creation, has such an extraordinary need for nursing staff that it can't fill all of the vacancies.

To help address the growing demand for nurses and create a career path for people who aspire to join the profession, the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council has awarded Rochester Regional Health a $1.1 million state grant. 

Connections: What Can We Do With $500 million?

Sep 1, 2015

What would you do with $500 million? The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council is competing for that state money, a taxpayer-infused boost for the winning regions. Three will be chosen; four will not. On Tuesday, we sit down with the people leading the effort to land the cash. What are the plans? What is the strategy? In studio:

  • Joel Seligman, president of the University of Rochester
  • Anne Kress, president of Monroe Community College
  • Mark Peterson, CEO of the Greater Rochester Enterprise

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Joined by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Buffalo officials spent Tuesday showing off some of the fruits of the so-called "Buffalo Billion" to delegates from seven Upstate New York regions, who hope they may soon join Buffalo in an economic renaissance boosted by big bucks from Albany.

The Upstate Revitalization Conference kicked off inside the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center with remarks from Hochul, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

John Hickey / Buffalo News

The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council is wasting no time preparing for Governor Cuomo's Upstate Economic Revitalization Competition.

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Developing a more skilled workforce for jobs in advanced manufacturing, photonics and the building trade is one of the goals of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council.

The Vice-Chairs of the REDC discussed the $96.2 million recently awarded by the state during a luncheon hosted by the Rochester Downtown Development Council in downtown on Wednesday.

http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov

The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council was awarded $96.2 million for 76 projects. Here's the official breakdown of the projects, and how much money each will receive:

2012 Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Projects

Need To Know Rochester: The Business Section

Dec 14, 2012

Democrat & Chronicle business reporter Matt Daneman talks Kodak, regional economic development, and Bausch & Lomb with Julie Philipp.

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