Our Strategic Alliances
Our ability to provide effective economic development services is enhanced by our relationships with a variety of skilled, knowledgeable experts who work with our office to provide the best technical advice, incentives and financing to eligible businesses in our county.
Agriculture/Food and Beverage
Agribusiness plays a vital role in the economy of Ontario County. The following resources support this important sector.
Cornell Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture
Cornell Agriculture & Food Technology Park (Tech Farm)
Cornell Cooperative Extension
USDA Rural Development
Chambers of Commerce
Our chambers are important, active organizations whose goals are to further the interests of businesses. These business networks do important advocacy work for the companies in our county.
From technical advice to small businesses to marketing our region, these organizations provide a wide variety of services to the companies in Ontario County.
Business financing can be a challenge. These specialized resources often work in conjunction with commercial banks, Ontario County’s Revolving Loan Fund, the Ontario County Industrial Development Agency and others to help develop a financing package that works for your business.
Technology companies have specific product development and financing needs and the following resources can help meet those needs.
Companies are only as good as their employees and Ontario County offers employers a skilled, motivated and ready workforce that’s second to none. The following organizations are dedicated to helping to develop and enhance that workforce.
The Ontario County Department of Workforce Development provides services for both job seekers and employers, as well as youth programs. Services for employers include job listing and employee recruitment, screening and training, while job seekers can access the job listing service and resource room, and take workshops on resume preparation and other development skills.
The mission of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB) is to improve the economic well-being of job seekers and employers in the region by aligning human potential with opportunities in the workplace. Made up of members from both the private and public sectors of Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties in New York State, the board is the decision-making entity responsible for overseeing the local workforce system.