About Business Development

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The City of Rochester’s Business Development team partners with a wide variety of for-profit businesses from high technology and manufacturing to neighborhood commercial and retail. We  provide financial services, and other support to achieve the following  objectives:

Business Development Information

Business Development Team

If you have a business located in the City and would like our assistance, please contact us and we will provide first class customer service with a "Yes We Can" attitude.

Director               Thaddeus Schofield:  Director of Strategic Business Development 
                                (585) 428-7848 | Thaddeus.Schofield@CityofRochester.Gov

Northeast           Rita Rajca, Business Development Liaison
                                  (585)-428-6525|Rita.Rajca@CityofRochester.Gov                             

Northwest           David Balestiere:  Economic Development Project Manager
                                  (585) 428-6817 | David.Balestiere@CityofRochester.Gov 

 
Southeast           Deidre Stevely, Senior Economic Development Specialist
                            (585) 428-6920 | Deidre.Stevely@CityofRochester.Gov
Southwest
 & 
Downtown    Sylvia Dobbs: BusinessDevelopment Liaison
                                (585) 428-6207| Sylvia.Dobbs@CityofRochester.Gov