Business Growth Resources
Thrive in a community that delivers top-tier talent, leading-edge innovation, strategic location, and a competitive cost of doing business.
It’s Not the Size of the Region That Matters, But What It Can Accomplish
The Greater Rochester, NY region is mid-sized but mighty — home to a community of nearly 1.2 million people and a diverse set of businesses. Our location boasts close proximity to major markets without the high cost associated with a major metropolitan area. Businesses have capitalized on our area’s highly-educated workforce, research centers of excellence, and industry expertise in fields such as energy innovation, life sciences, food and beverage manufacturing, software and IT, and optics, photonics, and imaging.
Close to Major Markets without Major Market Costs
Located on route I-90 in Western NY, between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes wine country, the Rochester region is within 500 miles of one-third of the U.S. and Canadian populations. It’s where smart people live and smart businesses grow.
Million Consumers Within 500 Miles
Minute Average Commute
Lower Commercial Real Estate Rates than the National Average
Why Companies are Growing in the Greater Rochester, NY Region
Greater Rochester, NY’s Key Industries
Encompassing everything from precision-engineered technologies to the latest breakthroughs in your favorite foods and beverages.
Make Profits of $1 MILLION a Year More in Rochester, NY than in Boston, New York City, San Francisco or DC.
With a highly-skilled workforce and commercial real estate rates 49% lower than the national average, companies with 50 or more employees can make profits of $1 million a year more in Rochester, NY than in other high-tech hubs like Boston, New York, Washington D.C., or San Francisco.
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Photo credit – Business Support Services: HP Hood. Companies Hiring Here: Jim Montanus for Gallina Development Corp. Talent: Matt Wittmeyer.
Learn More About Businesses in the Greater Rochester Region
Rochester has a deep talent pool around all of the things we need to commercial advanced materials in the energy economy.
Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Ionomr Innovations
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Rochester has a great work base. They’re loyal. They’re smart. They’re well educated and they want to succeed.
Executive Chairman and CEO, Eastman Kodak
We keep and maintain and are investing specifically in Rochester because that is where the talent is. We don’t succeed without the right talent.
Vice President and General Manager, Corning Incorporated
Rochester has the manufacturing capability, testing capability, and intellectual horsepower.
Past Chairman, NY BEST
Rochester has a deep talent pool around all of the things that we need to do to commercialize advanced materials for the energy economy.
Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Ionomr
The decision to expand locally was a relatively easy one for CooperVision. The Rochester area has provided so many of the elements necessary for a successful operation.
The proximity to top colleges and industry-leading companies, in addition to the quality of life in Western New York, made the decision to open our second office in Rochester an easy one.
Director, Security Risk Advisors
Rochester is home to some of the finest optics companies in the nation, almost all of which OptiPro does business with.
We have a long history of people skilled in aerospace technology and precision optical assembly. We take advantage of the industrial base in the Rochester area. We also take advantage of the skill sets developed by our local technical institutions like MCC, RIT, or the University of Rochester.”
Cryogenic Optical Test Director for James Webb Space Telescope, L3 Harris
We have inherited an exceptional quality of life thanks to an impressive cluster of cultural organizations, unparalleled natural resources, and a resilient and welcoming spirit of community.
President, Rochester Insititute of Technology
Once people get here and their families get used to short commute times, low home prices, the fact we have all kinds of recreational sporting activities, the quality of schools, they don’t want to leave.
CEO and Chairman, Sweetwater Energy
Rochester has provided ID Signsystems with the ability to grow and develop by tapping into the region’s large pool of design-focused talent, technicians, engineers and sign makers.
President, ID Signsystems
Our network of local universities, colleges, and optics companies has created a workforce pipeline that is unmatched anywhere in the United States.
GRE’s direction and guidance proved to be well worth our investment. Their passion to make the business environment in the Rochester area greater is very apparent.
There is unlimited, untapped technical talent in the area and I hope we start a wave of other companies moving to Rochester.
Rochester has a long history of being a hub for telecommunications. There is a rich ecosystem of talent and services to support business growth.
Founder and CEO, Wire3
Rochester is the perfect size city to get business done. I’m always one connection away from anything I’m looking for.
President, Kink BMX
The work we’ve done and the momentum we’ve generated as a business has been possible in large part because of the talent, knowledge and industriousness of our people in Rochester, NY.
CEO, Brand Networks
We have access to talent graduating from our businesses and technical institutions capable of perpetuating our success for years to come.
President & CEO, Simcona Electronics
The Rochester region provided convenient access to both railroads and major highways, as well as proximity to Barilla’s customer base in the Northeast.
Vice President of Supply Chain, Barilla America
Rochester has an excellent pool of qualified professionals with the right work ethic.
Health Services President and General Manager, Maximus
The country is starting to recognize Rochester as a technical city outside of just software. We have optics and manufacturing that’s exceeding most of the baselines around the country.
Rochester has the resources optics companies need to transform their concepts into reality.
Dr. Duncan T. Moore
Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship and Professor of Optical Engineering
Rochester has a great base of intellectual capital in the science and technology fields at local businesses and universities.
Daniel J. Burns
Regional President, M&T Bank Corporation
We’ve developed vaccines to prevent cervical cancer right here in Rochester.
Vice President and COO, University of Rochester Medical Center
Among many great options, none could match Rochester in terms of talent, local supplier networks, and opportunities to partner with top-tier research institutions.
CEO, Plug Power