RochesterWorks Honors Former Executive Director, Peter Pecor
Career Center on College Avenue Renamed in Mr. Pecor’s Memory
RochesterWorks today dedicated the Peter C. Pecor Career Center, honoring the organization’s longtime Executive Director, who sadly passed away in 2021. The organization’s primary center serving those looking for career opportunities will forever be linked to Mr. Pecor’s legacy in helping build the region’s largest workforce development organization.
Joining the RochesterWorks organization and its Board of Directors today were members of Mr. Pecor’s family, including his beloved wife, Carole. Mr. Pecor had led RochesterWorks for 14 years – most of its existence.
“There will never be another Peter Pecor, so it is only fitting that RochesterWorks – the organization he helped build – will forever be connected to his name,” said Dave Seeley, Executive Director of RochesterWorks. “I am so thrilled that moving forward, every person walking through our doors, seeking any one of the many career services we offer, will be in a building dedicated to Peter. On behalf of the entire RochesterWorks family, we extend a debt of gratitude to his wife, Carole, and the entire Pecor family.”
Mr. Pecor served as RochesterWorks’ Executive Director from 2007 to 2021, the capstone of a long career of service to his community. During that time, he helped transform RochesterWorks into one of the most innovative and effective workforce organizations in New York State. Through his vision, RochesterWorks created a unique set of services for job seekers and businesses alike. This included the widely successful “Five Steps to Rapid Employment” program, and more recent initiatives such as the Enhanced Recovery Services – a program designed to help those in recovery from substance use disorder, honored just this week with the NYS Workforce Program Award.
“As a community, we are grateful to Peter Pecor for his leadership and dedication, and I am very happy to dedicate our Career Center in his memory,” said Sergio Esteban, Chair of the Monroe County/Rochester Workforce Development Board. “Peter helped build an outstanding organization that continues to excel in providing effective career counseling, helps individuals build skills needed for employment, and ensures that businesses have a well-prepared workforce to meet their needs.”
In addition to Mr. Pecor’s tenure at RochesterWorks, he worked on behalf of the community in many other ways. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, he served in number of public offices, including as a member of the Irondequoit Town Council and Planning Board, and later as a Monroe County Legislator. After a career in the private sector, he served as the Regional Administrator for the New York State Department of Labor, prior to moving to RochesterWorks.
Additionally, Mr. Pecor served in many other volunteer community roles, including the Board Chair of Huther Doyle. In 2019, Mr. Pecor was presented the Rochester Business Journal Technology & Manufacturing Chairperson's Award.
RochesterWorks administers the Monroe County/Rochester Workforce Development Board, and, on behalf of Monroe County, operates three One-Stop Career Centers. It is the Rochester area’s largest workforce development organization, helping thousands of residents annually navigate career pathways and build skills for employment.