Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE), an economic development organization dedicated to job creation in the Rochester region, and our regional economic development partners, today welcomes seven national site selection consultants to the Rochester region.
Site selection consultants are the influential people who assist companies in their search for the ideal place for business expansion or relocation.
"GRE and all our regional economic development partners are delighted to welcome this prominent group of site consultants to Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes region," said Michael A. Finney, President and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise Inc. "We are thrilled to host this event, that will showcase our regional assets to some of the most effective site consultants in the business, whose clients are among the top corporations in the country."
This event was made possible through the support of the following regional economic development partners: The Rochester Finger Lakes Regional Development Corporation, Rochester Business Alliance, Monroe County, The City of Rochester, Rochester Technology Park, Gallina Development Corporation, RF LeFrois Builders Inc. / LeFrois Development, Linden Oaks Management Company, and Moore Corporate Real Estate.
Participating site selection consultants are: Katie Burdorf of Wadley Donovan in Edison, New Jersey; Brian Corde of Mintax in East Brunswick, New Jersey; Gene DePrez, of IBM Global in Florham, New Jersey; Mike Henderson of Cushman & Wakefield in New York City; Joan Herron and Bob Price of Lockwood Greene in Atlanta, Georgia; and Jim Kupferer of Fluor Global in Greenville, South Carolina.
The site consultants will visit our region today through Sunday, June 27. During their visit, they will meet with local business leaders and corporate executives, tour our region's abundant arts and cultural resources, including the George Eastman House and International Museum of Photography and Film; and ride the new Rochester-Toronto fast ferry, nicknamed the Breeze.
"The fast ferry is just one more reason to do business in the Rochester region," Finney said. "The ferry is an asset few cities have and gives us a unique advantage in the ever-growing and fierce competition for corporate expansion and relocation." It joins a large array of Rochester attributes, including our community's knack for innovation, highly educated and talented workforce, and outstanding quality of life. The ferry will provide those businesses with operations in both the Greater Toronto region and the Greater Rochester region full business functionality throughout their ferry commute.
Expansion Management magazine recently ranked the Rochester region among America's 50 hottest locations for corporate expansions and relocations. In the survey, seventy of the industry's most prominent site selection consultants were asked to rank the best of the nation's 370 metropolitan statistical areas and share which cities their clients found the most attractive when it came to selecting an expansion or relocation site in 2003.
In addition, Greater Rochester ranked 4th among the World's Top Knowledge-based Economic Regions by Robert Huggins Associates' 2003 World Knowledge Competitiveness Index Greater and recently ranked among the "Top 40 Locations for Biotechnology" in the United States by Business Facilities: The Location Advisor magazine.
Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) is a public-private partnership established to professionally market the Rochester metropolitan region as a competitive, high-profile place for business location and growth. GRE will collaborate with business, academia, not-for-profit organizations and government to ensure a unified approach to regional economic development efforts.