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Workforce Development

Let's WORK Together ROC!

WORK Together ROC 
is a newly-branded function of Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce talent strategy dedicated to strengthening the local talent pipeline. We assess existing workforce development offerings, help create connections and employment pipelines between business and community organizations, and link talent to employers in the Finger Lakes region.

For more information or to get involved with Greater Rochester Chamber's WORK Together ROC workforce development efforts, please reach out to Tonya Dickerson, Manager, Talent Strategy Partnerships and Community Engagement at

Ongoing Workforce Initiatives

The Greater Rochester region is abundant with organizations that provide a host of workforce development programs. Learn more on our Voice of Business blog below!

2021 Workforce Survey Results

In 2021, we surveyed our members and other local businesses in order to better understand talent needs and challenges in the region. The results have been used to help craft a comprehensive strategy to address today's unique workforce challenges.

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.




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

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