High Tech Business Council (HTBC), an organization dedicated to fostering technology development and commercialization throughout the Rochester area, has entered into a partnership agreement with Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE), an economic development organization focused on revitalizing the nine-county Rochester Region.
Through this partnership, HTBC will outsource leadership and operational services to GRE.Jay Martinez, a managing director at GRE, will assume the role of HTBC executive director. Under Martinez's leadership, HTBC will focus on developing an interconnected community of growth-oriented business and academic leaders to provide members with access to cutting-edge research and technologies as well as new business opportunities.
"HTBC has enjoyed a collaborative working relationship with GRE," said Bill Hughes, HTBC chairman."By formalizing a partnership with GRE, our members now have access to resources that will ensure the long-term growth of this organization.We are excited to continue our work under this new structure to deliver even greater value to our community," added Hughes.
"GRE and HTBC share a common mission of cultivating the business community in this region so it makes perfect sense to further collaborate in a way that delivers a price-value relationship to our members," said Dennis M. Mullen, president and CEO of GRE.
Building on the region's strengths in technology, imaging and biosciences, HTBC plans to focus on growth opportunities in related industries – such as information management, security and defense, and healthcare.HTBC will foster business-to- academic and business-to-business ties that build greater awareness, connectivity and potential for collaboration among its partners.These efforts complement GRE's own business attraction efforts centered on regional strengths in alternative energy, biotech, food and beverage manufacturing, optics and imaging.
"HTBC and GRE are now in a position to more effectively research and develop these emerging industries in a manner that maximizes the utilization of our local assets," said Mullen.
HTBC will continue to co-locate with GRE at Benderson Development's HSBC Plaza, 100 Chestnut Street, Rochester, NY.