The RocGrowth.com website was created as part of an initiative in the Rochester/Finger Lakes, NY region known as the Finger Lakes Business Accelerator Cooperative. Born from a strategic plan developed by the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation working group, the Business Accelerator Cooperative seeks to increase collaboration among all local entrepreneurial support organizations, and make it easier for local startups to find the right resources to help them grow their companies.
The project is coordinated by High Tech Rochester, the region’s lead economic development organization focused on entrepreneurship and innovation-based growth.
The Regional Economic Development Council initiative is a key component of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s transformative approach to state investment and economic development. In 2011, Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop longterm strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources.
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