This week, Rochester Senator Joe Robach met in Albany with the Rochester Community Coalition in regards to their 2013 top priorities for state investment in the City of Rochester. Those participating in the meeting were Senator Robach, Senate Republican Conference Leader, Senator Patrick Gallivan, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, City of Rochester Mayor Tom Richards, Sandy Parker – the President and CEO of Rochester Business Alliance, Jennifer Leonard – the President and CEO of Rochester Area Community Foundation, Mark Peterson – the President and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise and Ken Warner – Executive Director of UNICON.
Among the top priorities in which they are seeking Rochester Senator Joe Robach’s support is priority projects for the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council. Senator Robach is a member of the development council and the Rochester Community Coalition is asking for full funding for transformational priorities such as the Eastman Business Park, Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation, the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT, PathStone Finger Lakes Enterprise Fund, Rochester Midtown Tower, College Town, Multiple Pathways to Middle Skill Jobs, Finger Lakes Business Accelerator Cooperative, Science Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Park, Seneca AgBio Green Energy Park, Finger Lakes Small Business Expansion Fund, and the Finger Lakes Clinical Quality Improvement Initiative.
The Finger Lakes region was the top winner for 2012 and is asking for certain economic development projects to be supported for 2013. These projects include preserving and strengthening Eastman Business Park in support of its goal to create over fifteen hundred jobs at the site within in the next five years. Also, they hope to see the continuance of an Innovation Agenda the Governor and local leaders have championed, leading to the creation and attraction of new technology and start-up companies, adding the the regional economic growth.