Rochester Chamber CEO Bob Duffy Named Finger Lakes Regional Council Co-chair
The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council (FLREDC) announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy as co-chair of the council. Duffy replaces Wegmans Food Markets Chairman Danny Wegman, who stepped down after serving six years as FLREDC co-chair. Duffy joins Monroe Community College President Anne Kress as co-leaders of the council.
Duffy said, “I am honored and grateful to Governor Cuomo for this appointment to serve as co-chair of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council. I look forward to working with Anne Kress, and all of the team members who have done a fantastic job since the governor convened these councils in 2011. I would also like to thank Danny Wegman for his incredible commitment to the council and to our community. We are all better off for his having worked on our behalf. We have important work ahead of us now as we move the Finger Lakes forward, ensuring economic prosperity for the region.”
The FLREDC works to grow the economy in the nine county Finger Lakes region which includes Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties. While serving as New York Lieutenant Governor, Duffy served as statewide chairman of the regional councils, which aim to rebuild the economy and position New York as an innovative, global economic leader.
Wegman said, "It was an honor to serve as a co-chair for the FLREDC for the last six years. Governor Cuomo developed a great program for economic development and it has attracted many dedicated people working to make the Finger Lakes better. We have made headway on a number of projects including helping people in poverty through workforce development, rejuvenating the Eastman Business Park, building a more robust Ag and Food ecosystem, and laying a foundation for the Finger Lakes to be a major factor in the digital revolution. We believe the future is bright for our region and we will continue to help Anne Kress and Bob Duffy wherever we can to make that future a reality."
The announcement complements “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. New York State has invested more than $3.4 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture and food production, and advanced manufacturing.