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Developing our workforce

Greater Rochester Chamber has been working closely and collaboratively with all of the workforce development programs in our region, helping to break down silos and align priorities. Our job is to connect, provide feedback, and be a true partner within the local talent ecosystem. We have been meeting with the heads of these agencies and institutions to understand how we can work together, as well as providing them with the most up-to-date feedback and survey information from our regional businesses.

Focus Areas


One of our current areas of focus involves responding to and anticipating current and future employer needs.

We are working with the Rochester City School District and community charter schools to properly prepare students for one of the four E's (entrepreneurship, employment, enlistment, or enrollment), including valuable soft skills.



One of our key goals is to ensure that those who successfully complete education/training are able to enter into gainful employment that will provide them with a living wage and opportunities for the future.

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We are proud to partner with Rochester Works! and Monroe County on ROC SEEDS, an exciting new subsidized employment opportunity available to young adults who are between the ages of 18-24, and live-in zip codes 14605, 06, 09, 11, 13, 15, 19 or 21. Young adults in these zip codes are eligible to take advantage of an opportunity for paid employment, as well as information regarding banking access and financial literacy. Transportation and other support services are also available. The jobs will be located at various employers throughout the City and County and will be guaranteed for at least 10 weeks with the opportunity for full-time permanent work at the end of the program period. For more information, please visit

Workforce Development Resources

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