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More Jobs Day: Dinolfo Previews Investments In Economic, Workforce Development For 2019

More Jobs Day: Dinolfo Previews Investments In Economic, Workforce Development For 2019

To kick-off Monroe County’s first-ever Budget Week, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo presented highlights of Monroe County’s 2019 investments in economic and workforce development during More Jobs Day. The event was hosted at the future headquarters of Innovative Solutions, Inc., a company whose expansion to the Riverwood Tech Campus in Henrietta is being aided by Monroe County economic development programming.

“Monroe County’s innovative work to grow more jobs and our local economy is paying off. Since 2016, we have partnered with local, national, and global employers to create and retain over 19,000 more jobs in our community already,” said Dinolfo. “That’s why our 2019 Budget will continue to make strategic investments in new and existing economic development initiatives next year. From our first-of-its kind LadderzUp program to our unique Recruiting on the Road job fair series, Monroe County’s work to grow more jobs will not stop through 2019 and beyond.”

Monroe County’s investments and new initiatives in the areas of economic and workforce development supported by the 2019 Proposed County Budget include:

Continued Support of Job-Creating Projects like Riverwood

Monroe County’s most powerful local economic development tool, Imagine Monroe, is working with Innovative Solutions to help the company accommodate its recent growth by expanding into a new location at the Riverwood Tech Campus in Henrietta. The Riverwood project is an ongoing redevelopment of the 350,000 square-foot former Kodak Marketing Education Center at 4545 East River Road.

Offering unprecedented workplace amenities, such as health and wellness facilities, a nature walk, and more, Riverwood has already secured industry-leading tenants like Innovative Solutions, E-Logic, Token, and Pharos. In total, Imagine Monroe’s support to date at Riverwood is anticipated to create over 120 new jobs and retain over 100 more jobs in Monroe County.

“I’m thrilled to be hosting More Jobs Day at Innovative Solutions’ new location at Riverwood, because I believe this company and this project really represent the best of our efforts to grow more jobs across Monroe County,” said Dinolfo. “By working side-by-side with a successful local developer and several growing tech companies, Monroe County has been able to secure over 200 current and future jobs at Riverwood alone. I thank Riverwood’s Fred Rainaldi and Innovative Solutions CEO Justin Copie for their commitment to doing business here.”

“Monroe County has been one of the most influential supporters of our journey to find a new corporate headquarters,” said Justin Copie, CEO of Innovative Solutions. “Our employees chose the Riverwood Tech Campus and we couldn’t be more excited. It’s important to recognize that our people are a reflection of the state of the environment their living and working in. Riverwood gives us the opportunity to let our employees live their best lives.”

“Riverwood Tech Campus represents to our organization an opportunity to deliver a product unmatched in its ability to actively support our tenants in attracting and retaining employees,” said Fred Rainaldi, Jr., developer of the Riverwood Tech Campus project. “We thank the County and our Tenants for their trust in allowing us to play a role in this effort.”

Full Investment in More Jobs and a Growing Economy

In 2019, Monroe County will invest nearly $2.5 million in its Department of Planning and Development, which administers many of the County’s economic development and workforce development programs, services, and initiatives. These include several innovative programs launched by Dinolfo to grow more jobs and a stronger workforce in Monroe County, including LadderzUp, Recruiting on the Road, and Make Monroe Home, among others. Since 2016, the County’s Department of Planning and Development has assisted in the creation of more than 13,000 local jobs and the retention of over 6,000 local jobs, for a total of nearly 19,000 local jobs secured in just under three years.

Continued Expansion of County’s Innovative LadderzUp Program

Launched in 2017, LadderzUp is a flexible and collaborative workforce development initiative designed to serve Monroe County residents by providing education and training opportunities aligned with current and future job openings in in-demand industries. Since its inception, LadderzUp has been a partnership between Monroe County and Monroe Community College’s Economic and Workforce Development Center. To date, the program has worked with dozens of local employers to train over 575 residents to fill in-demand jobs like metal fabrication, project management, precision welding, customer service, and more.

New for 2019, Monroe County has selected Monroe Community College as its long-term partner for the LadderzUp program through a Request for Proposals process. As a result, LadderzUp will be a permanent program supported by the Monroe County Budget moving forward. Monroe County will also be building on the success of its first-of-its-kind LadderzUp Plastics Consortium – wherein local employers pooled the cost of sending their employees or recruits to specialized plastics injection training – by launching new Consortiums designed for growing industries like HVAC and facilities maintenance.

“Recruiting on the Road” to Reach More Job Seekers

Recruiting on the Road is Monroe County’s unique travelling job fair series, which has brought together dozens of hiring local employers and hundreds of interested job seekers at convenient locations all across the County. In 2018 alone, Monroe County hosted more than twelve different Recruiting on the Road job fairs, featuring over 150 hiring businesses and attracting over 1,500 local job seekers.

Dinolfo’s Proposed 2019 County Budget will support the continued expansion of Recruiting on the Road. In the coming year, Monroe County will host more Recruiting on the Road job fairs than ever before, with events coming to the four quadrants of the City of Rochester, as well as regional anchor events in the North, South, West, and Eastside communities of Monroe County, among other locations. Residents can find more information about all of Monroe County’s upcoming Recruiting on the Road job fairs at ImagineMonroe.org

Construction to Start for “Jobs on Main” Initiative this Spring

As the County transforms its newly-purchased City Place downtown office building – a move that will save taxpayers nearly $1 million per year – Dinolfo’s 2019 Budget supports the relocation of the County’s Economic Development offices from the 8th floor to the 1st floor to make the County’s jobs team more accessible to residents and employers alike. Better access, more convenient layout, collaborative meeting space, prominent exterior signage and 21st century feel are just a few of the benefits that the new location will offer the County’s Economic Development efforts in 2019 and beyond. Construction for the Jobs on Main project will begin this spring and is projected to be complete by November of 2019.

Changes Will Make “Make Monroe Home” More Efficient, Effective

Through Make Monroe Home, Monroe County partners with the Greater Rochester Housing Partnership and the Rochester Housing Development Fund to rehabilitate vacant “zombie” homes, return these properties to active ownership, and improve neighborhood home values, all while partnering with Monroe BOCES 1 and 2 to provide students with skilled-trades training. First launched earlier this year, the program also provides first-time homebuyers and/or veterans of the armed forces with affordable financing terms to purchase the newly renovated home.

New for 2019, Monroe County will expand its partnership with Monroe BOCES 1 and 2 to make Make Monroe Home more efficient and effective. Instead of selecting properties to renovate, Monroe County will begin seeking extremely dilapidated properties in order to proceed with a full demolition. The County will then provide a shovel-ready parcel to BOCES, whose students will build a brand new home in place of the dilapidated structure. Monroe County will begin the property selection process in spring of 2019.

Major Job-Supporting Investment in Local Infrastructure

Next year, Monroe County will invest almost $33 million in local transportation infrastructure, including dozens of local road and bridge projects, plus the first phase of the much anticipated $24 million Highway Lighting program. Throughout 2019, the Monroe County Department of Transportation will be installing new energy-efficient, resilient LED lights along I-490 from the I-390 interchange to Downtown, and along I-390 from the Airport to Route 104, among other locations. Monroe County’s $33 million investment in local road, bridge, and lighting projects will support over 700 local jobs and make a $100 million economic impact next year alone.

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In her next presentation during Budget Week, Dinolfo will highlight the County’s 2019 investments in services for local children and families on Stronger Families Day. The event will be hosted at the Rochester Rehabilitation Center, 1357 University Avenue in Rochester, at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31.