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 
  • We provide the following: Links to community resources Connections to industry-driven education, training, employment, and more.

 Partnering agencies to be listed:

  • 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

ROC the Block is a community-based hiring initiative that will bring 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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All of the following ROC the Block events take place on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Questions? Email

 R-Connect Community Resource and Employment Opportunity Fairs

The City of Rochester invites the community to attend the R-Connect Community Resource and Employment Opportunity Fairs. Attendees can learn about healthcare and community-based employment opportunities along with medical and mental healthcare resources, and more.

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:

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