ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Business Facilities magazine, a leading trade publication targeted at site selectors, has ranked the Greater Rochester Region first on its list of job growth leaders in its 2011 Metro Rankings. The list measures job growth in mid-sized metropolitan statistical areas. In the same issue, Genesee County was also ranked third on a list of best food processing regions, based on metropolitan food processing industry growth.
The Greater Rochester Region falls into the mid-sized category based on overall average employment. A government survey of employment indicated that the Rochester, N.Y. MSA posted the most significant percentage increase in employment in the mid-sized category in the 12-month period between April 2010 and April 2011.
"Our region's economic health can be measured by business attraction, expansion, job creation and investment in this community. It's great that Business Facilities recognizes the excellent progress being made here," said Greater Rochester Enterprise President and CEO Mark S. Peterson. "Rochester was able to withstand some of the recession's impact because of our diverse local economy, seeing growth in healthcare, education, technology and food and beverage manufacturing."
The completion of the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park and the announcement of Colombia-based Alpina Foods, LLC's decision to build its first U.S. manufacturing plant at the park underscores the strength of our region's food and beverage manufacturing sector.
"We have strategically invested in building an infrastructure for food and dairy processing companies," said Genesee County Economic Development Center President and CEO Steve Hyde. "Our region has seen tremendous growth in this sector, including the new Alpina Foods plant, an expansion at O-AT-KA milk, and Yancey's Fancy moving forward with new enterprises."
Additionally, Natcore Technology, Quintel Technology, Omni-ID and Intrinsiq Materials have entered the Greater Rochester Region's market within the last year. Other companies including LiDestri Foods, Kraft Foods, General Motors, General Electric and M5 Networks have all announced plans for local expansion.
Business Facilities Editor in Chief Jack Rogers cited several reasons for the region's strong showing in this year's rankings.
"This excellent result reflects the diversity of the employment base in the Greater Rochester Region, which encompasses a burgeoning medical sector, food processing giants and alternative energy innovators," said Rogers. "With its nexus of world-class universities and research facilities, a skilled workforce, and great quality of life, Rochester has built a solid foundation for future growth."
The rankings will be published in Business Facilities' July/August issue. A complete list of the Greater Rochester Region's rankings from Business Facilities and other national publications is available at www.RochesterBiz.com.