From June 24 – June 27, GRE is hosting seven influential site selection consultants, giving them an opportunity to experience Rochester's diverse and rich culture and its receptive business climate. During this time, these site selectors will gain an appreciation for the quality of life here. They also will interact with the region's top business and community leaders, helping them understand the various incentives and programs available that position Rochester as an ideal place to do business.
Representatives from New Jersey's Wadley Donovan, Mintax, and IBM Global; New York City's Cushman & Wakefield; South Carolina's Fluor Global; and Atlanta's Lockwood Greene will visit (complete list of attendees is noted below).
The following activities are open to the media:
Welcome Reception, Thursday, June 24, 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
The Del Monte Lodge, 41 North Main Street, Pittsford (phone 381-9900)
County Executive Maggie Brooks, Deputy Mayor Jeff Carlson, GRE Chairman Tom Richards, Rochester Business Alliance Chief Executive Tom Mooney and Pittsford Deputy Mayor Steve Maddox will welcome guests, discuss the week's agenda, and set the stage for what Rochester has to offer as an ideal business location for the site consultants' clients, who are considering expanding, relocating or locating a new business. (In addition, Ilan Neugarten, manager with DOR Ventures, a venture capital fund that invests in advanced publishing, imaging and printing technology, will attend this event. His attendance builds off the recent June Rochester-Israeli Business Attraction Visit.)
Arts & Culture Tour, Friday, June 25, 11:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
The media may join the site selection consultants for any portion of this tour.
o 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) tour
o 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch at the MAG with Ruby Lockhart from Garth Fagan Dance
o 1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Rochester Museum & Science Center tour
o 3:15 p.m. 4:15 p.m.: Albert Paley Studio tour, 25 North Washington St., downtown (television cameras prohibited for this part of the tour)
Ferry send-off and return-greeting, Saturday, June 26
Site selection consultants are scheduled to take a trip to Toronto aboard the Fast Ferry.
The media is invited to the following photo opps at the Port of Rochester.
o 6:30 a.m.: Site Selection Consultants board the Fast Ferry for Toronto for private breakfast
o 9:15 p.m. (approximately): Site Selection Consultants return to Rochester
Farewell Breakfast, Sunday, June 27, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
The Del Monte Lodge, 41 North Main Street, Pittsford
About GRE: 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.
Ms. Katie Burdorf, Wadley Donovan Edison, NJ
Mr. Brian Corde, Mintax E. Brunswick, NJ
Mr. Gene DePrez, IBM Global Florham, NJ
Mr. Mike Henderson, Cushman & Wakefield New York, NY
Ms. Joan Herron, Lockwood Greene Atlanta, GA
Mr. Jim Kupferer, Fluor Global Greenville, SC
Mr. Bob Price, Lockwood Greene Atlanta, GA