The federal Economic Development Administration has declared Rochester an "Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership" city. Today, business and local government gathered to figure out what can be done with it.
IMCP is an Obama Administration push to redevelop American manufacturing. It designated a dozen communities including Rochester for an extra $1.3 billion in federal economic development aid, all coordinated through a locally developed plan. Developing that plan brought more than 70 area business and local government officials from around the Finger Lakes to Eastman Business Park in Rochester.
City Economic and Neighborhood Development Director Del Smith said they're trying to be aggressive in figuring out what opportunities exist for turning those dollars into manufacturing jobs. Mayor Lovely Warren said the city wants to be an asset and help manufacturers access those dollars.
Getting them is a competitive process, and Smith says Rochester has a competitive advantage in the photonics and optics, and precision manufacturing sectors.