Private, governmental and nonprofit groups are working to plan and foster economic activity in our regions. This section highlights organizations focused on improving our economic health, sustaining a competitive workforce and controlling the cost of government.



Health of the Economy

Below are the numerous chambers that serve individual towns and counties within the region.

Area counties and the City of Rochester provide a variety of economic development services. These governmental units typically can assist with information about development requirements and access to financial development incentives.

Competitive Workforce

Numerous labor unions and organizations encourage the development and support of a competitive workforce. The Rochester Labor Council, AFL–CIO provides educational support services benefiting union members, as well as the general public.

RochesterWorks provides education and support services for Monroe County residents seeking employment, and assists businesses searching for job applicants.

The mission of the Rochester Hispanic Business Association is to increase the visibility of Hispanic professionals and business owners in the Rochester area by providing a forum to network and interact with other members of the business community and political leaders.

The Women's Council, an affiliate of the Rochester Business Alliance, strives to enhance opportunities and knowledge of women business owners and professional women in the civic, commercial, cultural and educational interests of the greater Rochester area.

Rochester Young Professionals aims to engage young professionals with the larger community and each other through events, informal professional networking and entrepreneurial development. ROC City Coalition is a collaboration of organizations that are focused on attracting, retaining, and empowering the young adults of greater Rochester.

The Rochester College Access Network is a collaboration of our region's centers of higher learning that provides a centralized source of information to all area colleges and universities.

Cost of Government

Unshackle Upstate seeks to improve the Upstate economy through a comprehensive agenda of tax and regulation relief. The organization promotes several strategies to contain the cost of government.