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FLREDC finalizes 2014 priority projects
The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council has finalized its 2014 priority projects.
The list of nine projects will be sent to state leaders.
Our area will compete with other regions to get funding.
The nine projects are:
- The Eastman Business Park Biosciences Manufacturing Center will create a new shared facility that will establish the Park as a leader in R&D and the manufacture of biofuels and biomaterials.
- The region will continue to expand the reach of its incubation and early stage business support services as well as accelerate the redevelopment of downtown Rochester and create an "innovation district" in the heart of the City by locating the new Finger Lakes Business Accelerator hub facility in the City center.
- Several new and ongoing community redevelopment projects will create focal points for new business, residential, and tourism activity throughout the region. These include the Canandaigua Lakefront Redevelopment project, expansion of the Rochester Public Market, the Sibley Building Redevelopment project, the CityGate development, and the new Keuka Lake Hotel.
- New investments will strengthen the region's leadership in biomedical research, optics, photonics, and imaging, and the graphic arts, lead to new innovation and job creation, and support the R&D needs of the region's technology companies. These include the University of Rochester Institute for Data Science, RIT's MAGIC Spell Lab, and the Finger Lakes Regional Center for Advanced Optics Manufacturing.
- Several new projects will help the region's farmers, food processors, and food entrepreneurs develop new products, expand their operations, identify and access new markets, reduce their environmental impact, and improve access to healthy foods for the region's low-income residents. These include renovations to the New York State Food Venture Center, the new Rochester High Pressure Processing Center, the Winery Based Wastewater Treatment Systems pilot project, the Growing the Agriculture Industry Now! Fund, the Foodlink Food Hub, and the Wyoming County Dairy Initiative.
- New tourism and arts projects will join ongoing projects to enhance the quality of life of the region's residents, attract more visitors to Finger Lakes cultural, educational, and recreational destinations, and expand local business activity. These projects include The Strong and Toy Industry National Halls of Fame, improvements to Frontier Field in Rochester, and the continued development of the Finger Lakes Museum Discovery Campus in Yates County.
- New and ongoing investment in the infrastructure and capabilities of key industrial sites will enable the region to attract the next generation of high tech manufacturers to the state and convert abundant food and agricultural waste into sources of energy to serve tenants at these sites. This includes the Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park in Genesee County, the Genesee Biogas project serving the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park in Batavia, and the Seneca BioEnergy project in the former Seneca Army Depot.
- New higher education projects will expand capacity and enable the region to meet the growing demand for skilled workers in healthcare, science, engineering, and business fields, and extend these opportunities to underserved communities, displaced workers, and veterans. These include the St. John Fisher College Integrated Science and Health Sciences Building, the Roberts Wesleyan College NextGen Sciences Initiative, and the Keuka College Center for Business Analytics and Health Informatics.
- The region's Opportunity Agenda plan will be enhanced by new programs that target at-risk students and prepare them for academic success and job opportunities, and provide underserved communities with affordable child care. These include the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection project, the Stepping Stones Learning Center's new Child Care facility, and the expansion of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Rochester.