Finger Lakes Targets Energy, Sustainable Manufacturing
A new strategic plan developed by the Finger Lakes (NY) Regional Economic Development Council is targeting energy and sustainability manufacturing projects. The plan will allocate up for $40 million in start-up funding from the state, with additional millions available through grant programs, according to a report in the Messenger Post.
Of the 10 priority projects that are part of the strategic plan, a number are manufacturing-focused, including: a biofuel-generating plant at Eastman Business Park; a test center for New York-Battery and Energy Storage Technology; expansion at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology; and expansion of the Seneca AgBio Green Energy Park.
Home to Kodak and Bausch and Lomb, the Rochester/Finger Lakes region has a long history as a manufacturing and technology center.
â€śIt was a great experience to see nine counties come together and speak as one voice for a region,â€ť said Farmington Supervisor Ted Fafinski, one of two representatives from Ontario County on the council.
The five-year plan aims to create up to 7,000 jobs, spanning a number of industries that include life sciences, agriculture and tourism.Â Mark Peterson, chief executive officer of Greater Rochester Enterprise, said the councilâ€™s plan builds on existing strengths of the region.
â€śWe have a highly educated, highly skilled workforce,â€ť said Peterson, a member of the two-year standing council. â€śItâ€™s not surprising that technology and advanced manufacturing continue to be both the past, present and future of this region.â€ť