Rochester, Finger Lakes named ‘manufacturing communities’

The Finger Lakes Region and the city of Rochester were among the 12 regions from across the country to be selected as "Manufacturing Communities."

The Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership is led by the U.S. Department of Commerce to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in communities across America by supporting the development of long-term economic development strategies, according to information from the Department of Commerce. The goal is for these communities to attract and expand private investment in the manufacturing sector and increase international trade and exports.

To receive the designation, communities had to demonstrate the strength of an existing manufacturing industry in their regions and develop strategies and investments in six areas: workforce and training; research and innovation; infrastructure and site development; supply chain support; trade and international investment; and operational improvement and capital access.

The designated regions have access to a federal liaison to help them navigate available federal resources, participate in programming to advance U.S. manufacturing and continue collaborative efforts within their industry sectors.

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