Joe Robach has represented the majority of the City of Rochester since he was elected to the Senate in 2002. In representing the City of Rochester, Joe Robach has been a constant advocate for the University of Rochester. In 2006, Senator Joe Robach helped to secure three million dollars in New York State funding for the University of Rochester. This funding was acquired in order to help support the University of Rochester’s Robert B. Goergen Hall for Biomedical Engineering and Optics. With this funding the University of Rochester was able to expand the research that was taking place in regards to world class optics and grow their biomedical engineering program.
With the three million dollars in funding for the University of Rochester acquired by Joe Robach and the Rochester delegation, an estimated four hundred to seven hundred jobs were created and were an important economic development catalyst for the City of Rochester. The new building was created as an over one hundred thousand foot building, at a cost of over thirty seven million dollars, with fifteen million dollars coming from alumni donations. Construction began in 2005 and was completed in the spring of 2007.
In a press release, Senator Joe Robach stated that the grant would bring many new jobs to the Rochester community and advance the pursuit of education for the members of the local area in the field of biotechnology as well as strengthening the Rochester economy. By working with the fellow members of the Senate delegation from Rochester Joe Robach sought to reinforce and secure the future of one of Rochester’s best and greatest assets, the University of Rochester. By offering new and improved education services, the University of Rochester will recruit a more diverse number of applicants and bring professionals on the cutting edge of technology to Rochester to live and work.