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About Business Development

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:

  • Job Creation and Retention for City Residents
  • New Business Growth
  • Downtown and Neighborhood Business Revitalization

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 Johanna Gonzalez: Business Development Liaison/Bilingual
                                 (585) 428-6525 |  Johanna.Gonzalez@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 
& Downtown Danyelle Ortiz: Business Development Liaison
                                (585) 428-6712 | Danyelle.Ortiz@CityofRochester.Gov