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More Jobs Day: Dinolfo Previews Investments in Economic, Workforce Development for 2020

More Jobs Day: Dinolfo Previews Investments in Economic, Workforce Development for 2020

To kick-off Monroe County’s second-annual Budget Week, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo presented highlights of Monroe County’s 2020 investments in economic and workforce development during More Jobs Day. The event was hosted at Jobs on Main, the County’s new economic development headquarters at 50 W. Main Street in Rochester.

“Monroe County’s boots on the ground approach to economic and workforce development continues to get it done for our residents,” said Dinolfo. “By working in partnership with local, national, and global employers, we’ve been able to secure over 20,000 jobs here already. In fact, even the New York State Comptroller ranks Imagine Monroe third in the state for jobs gained and first in the state for jobs retained. I’m proud that our brand new headquarters at Jobs on Main, combined with our unprecedented investments in economic and workforce development, will help us keep getting it done on jobs in 2020 and beyond.”

Monroe County’s investments and new initiatives in the areas of economic and workforce development supported by the 2020 Proposed County Budget include:

Jobs on Main Now Open

Dinolfo, County Legislators, and project partners celebrated the ribbon cutting of Jobs on Main, the County’s new economic development headquarters. After receiving the unanimous, bipartisan support of the County Legislature earlier this year, the County’s Economic Development Offices have now been relocated from the 8th floor of City Place to the 1st floor, making staff more accessible to businesses, entrepreneurs, and members of the public.

Jobs on Main is a one-stop-shop for all of Monroe County’s economic and workforce development activities, including: its workforce development program LadderzUp, its job fair series Recruiting on the Road, and its brand new Business Boost Workshops, which will be hosted by industry professionals and free of charge for employers of all sizes.

“The completion of our Jobs on Main project is a tangible, concrete example of Monroe County’s commitment to growing more jobs and strengthening our economy for everyone,” said Dinolfo. “Jobs on Main is Monroe County’s new one-stop-shop for local economic and workforce development, putting all of our innovative job-growth and job-training programs at street level where business is done. I thank my colleagues for their unanimous, bipartisan support of this project, as well as our construction partners who helped us complete it on time and on budget.”

The renovation was conducted by DiMarco Constructors, Testa Construction, Concord Electric, Landry Mechanical Contractors, Vargas Associates, and LaBella Associates.

Expansion of LadderzUp Health Care 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 over 35 local employers to train almost 900 residents to fill in-demand jobs like information technology, advanced manufacturing, and health care.

New for 2020, Monroe County has committed over $350,000 to expand the health care training programs offered through LadderzUP. The funding will expand capacity to 250 more individuals. All training programs are fully funded by LadderzUP and come at no cost to participants.

“Our nationally-recognized LadderzUP program has already trained almost 900 people to fill more jobs in rewarding careers, and these new, expanded Health Care Training options are just the latest enhancements to our successful programming,” said Dinolfo. “Building on the momentum of our first Certified Nursing Assistant program – which has helped nearly 100 trainees achieve their state certification so far – we are proud to now be providing training for 245 more, all with no out of pocket costs to the participant. I thank our partners at MCC and local healthcare providers for helping us change lives, one certificate at a time.”

Full Investment in Job-Creation and Workforce Development Programs

In 2020, Monroe County will invest nearly $2.5 million in its Department of Planning and Development, which has assisted in securing over 20,000 jobs and leveraged billions of dollars in private investment since 2016. The Department also administers many of the County’s economic development and workforce development programs, services, and initiatives.

These include:

· The Recruiting on the Road Job Fair series, which travels to convenient locations all across the County. Since the program began in 2017, over 600 local employers and 7,000 interested job seekers have participated. The Job Fairs average 50 job offers per event.

· The Entrepreneurs Network, currently in its 27th class. The current class is made up of all female entrepreneurs, whose companies combine to employ more than 300 people and generate more than $23 million in annual revenue.

· MatchUP Monroe, an innovative program that connects students at colleges and universities like RIT and the University of Rochester with local employers. The students will be paid for the internships, receive free housing and transportation, and will be connected to cultural attractions to enhance their desire to remain in Monroe County after graduation.

· The Veterans Employment and Training Program (VET Program), which is a new program to connect unemployed and under-employed veterans with available jobs or job-training programs. Veterans that go to the County’s Veterans Service Agency for a consultation will have the option to also explore enhanced career opportunities by working with a job coach in the County’s Workforce Development Office.

· Business Boost Workshops, a series of seminars hosted by industry professionals that are free of charge for employers of all sizes. The seminars are an outstanding opportunity for local employers to learn more about how to take their business to the next level. The first workshops, “Women leaders Thrive,” will take place on November 6th, and will be followed by subsequent workshops like “Hiring and Developing Talent in the Future of Work,” “Rethinking Customer Service, Transparency, and Trust,” and “Effective Onboarding that Works.”

· Rockets, which will commit $60,000 in funding to bring interactive STEM education to after-school programs in the City of Rochester. The collaboration with the Rochester Museum and Science Center and the Greater Rochester After-School Alliance will help gets get engaged and excited about growing industries like optics, coding, and robotics.

· Go for the Gold, a peer-based financial literacy program through Consumer Credit Counseling Services. The program will connect job-seekers and workforce development students with tools they need to not just be successful, but to stay successful. Go for the Gold helps provide financial freedom.

· Work-Based Learning Program, a skill-building partnership with the Villa of Hope. Individuals ages 16-20 who are recovering from addiction will build personal and professional skills to prepare them for the workforce. Monroe County will then help connect them to jobs in high-growth, middle-skill occupations. 58 individuals have been served in 2019 and an additional 120 individuals will be served in 2020.

· Economic Gardening, a new economic development model used by Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE). Economic Gardening supports the growth of second-stage companies by providing free access to in-depth sales and marketing research. Participating companies receive assistance with sales leads, social media connections, and management growth. Monroe County is supporting GRE’s existing efforts with a $50,000 commitment in 2020.

Note: Not all economic development activities are reflected in the Proposed 2020 Operating Budget. Some are included in the proposed Capital Budget or are funded by Imagine Monroe/Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation.