Finger Lakes

Regional Economic Development Councils - Finger Lakes

Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council (FLREDC)

FLREDC Notices

Next Public Meeting

September 28, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Monroe Community College
Flynn Campus Center
Monroe A & B
1000 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14623

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2016 Progress Report Draft

Please provide feedback on the 2016 Progress Report Draft by
Friday, September 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm to nys-fingerlakes@esd.ny.gov


Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI)

Click here to learn more about Governor Cuomo’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI)

United for Success: Finger Lakes Forward

Click here to read the FLREDC URI Plan or view the presentation made to the NYS review team. You can also Show your support using this form.

Click here to watch a video about the coordination of the FLREDC with the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative.

NOTE: On 12/10/2015 the FLREDC’s URI plan, Finger Lakes Forward, was selected by NYS to receive $500 million over the next five years for implementation. Projects seeking URI support can do so using the CFA portal (see below). There is no deadline and projects will be reviewed as they are received.

To submit a project for consideration for funding by the URI use the CFA portal link below and use this button within the CFA system:

 use this button within the CFA system

Consolidated Funding Application (CFA)


Use the icon link below to access the CFA web portal to see what State funding programs are available for your organization.

CFA Round VI is open from 5/2/2016 to 7/29/2016 at 4:00 PM SHARP


CFA application link

NOTE: Some program offerings are available year-round with a rolling application window and no deadline, including the Excelsior Jobs tax credit program and the Recharge NY power allocation program.


Call for Priority Projects

Priority Project requests are no longer being accepted for 2015 CFA Round V. However, there is no deadline to submit an “intent to propose” pre-application for possible URI funding using the CFA portal link above.





The Finger Lakes REDC

In 2010 Forbes rated Rochester as the 3rd best place to raise a family.

Named for the 11 long, narrow lakes through the southern counties, the Finger Lakes also includes the City of Rochester, the third largest city in New York State. In 2010 Forbes rated Rochester as the 3rd best place to raise a family.

New York's largest wine-producing region with more than 100 wineries and vineyards.

Rochester is an international center of higher education, medical and technological development, with acclaimed universities such as the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology as well as major corporations such as Xerox, Kodak and Bausch & Lomb. Outside the Rochester area, agriculture (especially dairy farming) is an important economic driver.

The Finger Lakes, besides being a popular tourist destination, is also New York's largest wine-producing region with more than 100 wineries and vineyards.


Vision for Accelerating our Transformation

The Finger Lakes region will accelerate its transformation to a diverse, knowledge-based economy by building on strengths that include renewable natural resources, a talented and highly educated workforce, a historic commitment to innovation and philanthropy, leadership as the state's top agricultural region, international recognition as a center for optics and photonics, and national leadership in per capita intellectual property and degrees in higher education. We will expand a successful history of collaboration between public and private institutions to optimize our region's performance in advanced manufacturing, the arts, tourism, and basic and applied research in medicine, science, engineering, and technology. Through these efforts, we seek to become a national leader in innovation and commercialization with the long-term goals of increasing job creation at a rate that exceeds national levels and enhancing the region's quality of life to attract and retain business and our citizens.



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