Department of Neighborhood and Business Development

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Gary Kirkmire, Commissioner
About Neighborhood and Business Development

We are experiencing unprecedented levels of new economic development in our City. The resurgence of downtown has created ample reason to be optimistic about Rochester’s future. 

We also have a unique opportunity to increase the economic landscape and improve the quality of life within our neighborhoods.  

Successfully capitalizing these opportunities requires innovative approaches that leverage our resources to benefit as many of our residents and businesses as possible. 

If there ever was a time to contribute to the vitality of Rochester, that time is now. I encourage you to invest in our City’s future – be it your time, talent, or treasure – and help us make Rochester one of the best mid-sized cities to live, work, and play.

The Neighborhood and Business Development Department’s goal is to provide safe, healthy neighborhoods, create thriving commercial corridors, increase economic vitality in underserved areas, assist and develop industry, and create jobs for its citizens. We use a team-oriented approach with our residents, investors and community partners to solve problems, address quality of life concerns, support our businesses and enhance our neighborhoods through helpful and courteous customer service.

Department Organization

Useful Business Resources

If you would like additional information, please feel free to contact the Commissioner's Office at (585) 428-6883.

Gary Kirkmire 
Commissioner of NBD

Public Notice

Home Leasing is preparing to rehabilitate three sites (899 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14609; 699 E. Main Street, Rochester, NY 14605; 1614-1624 N. Clinton Avenue, Rochester, NY 14621 [2 buildings]) and an Environmental Assessment has been completed in anticipation of HOME funds. Public notice was published on February 3, 2021 in the Daily Record. All comments received by February 18, 2021 by either entity NYS HCR or the City of Rochester will be considered prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.  Those wishing to comment should specify which part of this Notice they are addressing. Click here to view the Environmental Assessment.