Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council
The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council (FLREDC) is the strategic economic advisory board for the greater Rochester, New York region that includes the counties of Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Orleans, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.
How to Apply for Funding?
The main way to seek NYS funding is the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) portal, which is used for dozens of agency offerings. Some programs are open year-round, but most programs are open during the annual "round" that typically runs from May-July.
Upcoming Public Events - FLREDC Public Meeting
**SAVE THE DATE*
FLREDC Public Meeting
November, 14th 2pm-4pm
New York State Office of Strategic Workforce Development
The New York State Office of Strategic Workforce Development (OSWD) - a new division within Empire State Development (ESD) is charged with better aligning workforce development efforts with the needs and priorities of today's employers.
2022 Finger Lakes Annual Report
Learn more about Finger Lakes 2022 strategies, priorities and progress.
2021 Finger Lakes Annual Report
Learn more about Finger Lakes 2021 strategies, priorities and progress.
2020 Finger Lakes Recovery Strategy
FLREDC COVID-19 pandemic regional economic recovery strategic plan
2019 Finger Lakes Progress Report
Learn more about Finger Lakes 2019 strategies, priorities and progress.
Finger Lakes Forward
In December 2015, the Finger Lakes region was selected by NYS to receive $500 million for a five-year implementation of the Upstate Revitalization Initiative. Ten Regional Councils competed for...
Upstate Revitalization Initiative
Finger Lakes Forward (FLXFWD) is the strategic plan developed by the FLREDC for New York State's
Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) competition and was selected by NYS to receive $500 million for a five-year implementation.
Click below to learn more about the Finger Lakes Forward plan and its implementation.
"Finger Lakes Forward: United for Success" is the strategic plan and vision to revitalize the FLX region.
Downtown Revitalization Initiative & NY Forward
New York State's
Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) is transforming downtown neighborhoods into vibrant communities where the next generation of New Yorkers will want to live work and raise families.
NY Forward supports a more equitable downtown recovery for New York’s smaller and rural communities, with a focus on hamlets and villages
Governor Kathy Hochul at the announcement of Seneca Falls as the 2019 DRI winner.
Greater ROC: Inspire Greater | Greater Rochester
Greater ROC is the place to grow. Discover a hotbed of moxie and inventive minds. Where go-getters and rule breakers inspire the extraordinary with far-reaching, life-enhancing impact.
Rochester High Falls State Park Preview
Preview plans for a new state park in/around the High Falls gorge in downtown Rochester (WXXI, June 2022)
Rochester on the Rise
Innovation is in the DNA of the Greater Rochester region and its on the rise again. (Excell Partners, Sept 2021)
Greater ROC: Savor Greater
Food & beverage manufacturing is amplified by the natural and tech assets in Greater Rochester. (ROC2025, Oct 2021)
Greater ROC: Create Greater
Inspiring and lifting up. Welcoming and enticing. Experience Greater Rochester. (ROC2025, June 2021)
Greater ROC: Here We Are
In Greater Rochester, New York, we are Bold Creators. Rule Breakers. Change Makers. (ROC 2025, May 2021)
Let's Be Greater ROC
Greater ROC celebrates the 9-county Rochester region’s many unique characteristics and collective strengths. (ROC2025, July 2020)
2019 Finger Lakes Award Ceremony
Regional highlight video from the annual REDC Awards ceremony
Greentopia: Spurring Revitalization in Rochester
The Genesee River and High Falls in Rochester are focal points for the city's future growth (Greentopia, Nov 2019)
Rochester: Where Belief is Made Real
Three business owners make passion their profession in a city where belief is made REAL (City of Rochester, Dec 2019)
Rochester: Everything We Need Right Here
Video homage to Rochester NY! (by Mark Bader, featuring Abby Celso from The Voice, Clarke House Creative, Dec 2019)
Grow-NY: Ag & Food Competition Overview
Grow-NY is cultivating fertile ground within Upstate NY's ag and food startup business ecosystem. (Cornell, Nov 2019)
AIM Photonics: Manufacturing USA Overview Video
AIM Photonics is a research institute for manufacturing integrated photonics based in Rochester (Mfg USA, Oct 2018)
GET REAL in the Greater Rochester Region
Get Real Business Results in the Greater Rochester, NY region (Greater Rochester Enterprise, Sept 2018)
ROC The Riverway Introduction Video
ROC the Riverway is an initiative to transform Rochester's Genesee River waterfront (City of Rochester, Aug 2018)
Luminate: Optics, Photonics & Imaging Accelerator
Luminate is the world’s largest startup accelerator for optics, photonics, and imaging technology (NextCorps, July 2018)
2018 Finger Lakes Forward Summary Video
Summary video of the FLREDC's "Finger Lakes Forward" URI implementation progress (NYS, May 2018)
NextCorps: Possibility Unites Us
The former High Tech Rochester opens its new accelerator in the historic Sibley Building with a new brand (Feb 2018)
AIM Photonics: What is Integrated Photonics?
AIM Photonics Powering the 21st Century with Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics, Feb 2018)
Visit Rochester: Limitless
There’s no limit to Rochester’s world-class arts, culture, entertainment, dining and more (Visit Rochester, Jan 2018)
Rochester: Talent Lives Here
Rochester is leveraging its vibrant universities and a historic spirit of entrepreneurship (ESD, March 2017)
Finger Lakes: Forward with Photonics
Rochester has been a world-leader in optics and imaging, and now is leading in photonics technology (ESD, March 2017)
FLREDC Public Meetings
View notices, documents and presentations from FLREDC public meetings
FLREDC CFA Project Awards
View information and status of all past CFA project awards for the Finger Lakes Region
Finger Lakes Region News
View all the press releases on economic developments in the Finger Lakes Region
More About the Finger Lakes Region
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