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 Agriculture & Food Technology Park (Tech Farm)

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Farm Bureau

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.


Clifton Springs




Naples Business Council




Economic Development

From technical advice to small businesses to marketing our region, these organizations provide a wide variety of services to the companies in Ontario County.

Canandaigua Business Management Association (BID)

Genesee Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council (G/FLRPC)

Geneva Industrial Development Agency

Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE)

NYSEG and RG&E Assistance and Incentive Programs

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Small Business Development Center

Victor Local Development Corp. (LDC)


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.

Empire State Development

Excelsior Growth Fund

New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC)

NYS Office of Community Renewal


Government - County

Ontario County


Technology companies have specific product development and financing needs and the following resources can help meet those needs.

Axcess Ontario

Excell Partners

Cornell Agriculture & Food Technology Park (Tech Farm)

High Tech Rochester

Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center (STC)

Workforce Development

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.

Finger Lakes Advance Manufacturers’ Enterprise (FAME)

FAME is an initiative of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board and a collaborative public/private partnership of regional stakeholders that are dedicated to investments in human capital. FAME works with dedicated professionals who specialize in workforce development, and understand what it takes to attract and grow the workforce talent in advanced manufacturing. The end product of this investment is a bright, motivated, informed, skilled workforce that contributes to your company’s success.

Ontario County Department of Workforce Development

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.

Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board

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.