Workforce Development

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The City of Rochester’s Workforce Development Initiative focuses on: 

  • Understanding new and current economic activities in the city 
  • Developing relationships with local businesses
  • Providing city residents with connections to exciting career fields in Rochester 
  • Connecting city residents with community resources, industry-driven education, training, employment, and more.

Partnering agencies:

  • Action for a Better Community 
  • Catholic Charities 
  • Center for Employment 
  • Finger Lakes 
  • Foodlink 
  • Pathstone 
  • Taproot 
  • Tech Talent 
  • The Commissary 
  • 1199 SEIU 
  • Yamtep  
  • Rochester Works 

ROC The Block Employment Fairs

ROC the Block is a community-based hiring initiative that brings businesses and recruiters to the city's four quadrants throughout the summer and early fall. With this fun, local, block-party styled event, Rochester employers and residents can meet to discover employment opportunities.

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ROC the Block employment fairs take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Date Location
June 14, 2023 International Plaza
828 N. Clinton Ave.
July 12, 2023 Willie Walker Lightfoot R-Center
271 Flint St.
August 9, 2023 Edgerton R-Center
41 Backus St.
September 6, 2023 International Plaza
828 N. Clinton Ave.
September 27, 2023 Parcel 5
285 E. Main St.

For more information call (585) 428-8689 or email

Meeting of the Minds 

Meeting of the Minds Luncheons are held on a quarterly basis to provide an opportunity for those in the Workforce Development Community who employ and train to come together and discuss the current state of the workforce, challenges and successes. For more information, email: