Monroe County is rich with cutting-edge technology, some of the nation’s top higher education institutions, and diverse neighborhoods. Our community including the bustling City of Rochester and 19 quiet suburbs is thriving now more than ever. Imagine Monroe attracts economically sound commerce to Monroe County with the goal to improve the quality of life for the residents here. This is where we work–and where we raise our families. Find out why businesses – small and large – choose to call Monroe County home.

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Ladderz Up

Training for the generation of tomorrow.

Monroe County is leading the charge to train our local workforce with the new LadderzUp program. This collaborative workforce development effort is designed to serve Monroe County residents by offering educational and training opportunities aligned with current and future job openings, while providing local employers access to employee training and a pool of newly skilled workers seeking a career.


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The Entrepreneurs Network

The Entrepreneurs Network – TEN – is for startups who are commercializing scientific breakthroughs and new technologies, and for small businesses who can scale by tapping new markets or expanding their product portfolios. TEN members do better: winning government grants and contracts, increasing revenues by retooling sales & marketing strategy, and securing equity financing or traditional sources.

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Incentives and Programs

Imagine Monroe offers assistance for for-profit companies located throughout Monroe County including the City of Rochester in the state of New York. Assistance is available for acquiring, constructing, reconstructing, improving, maintaining, equipping and furnishing industrial, manufacturing, warehousing, commercial, research and recreational facilities.

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Room to Grow

Compared to other major metropolitan areas and against national averages, businesses in the Greater Rochester, NY region benefit from a highly competitive commercial real estate market. The region’s outstanding infrastructure supports the diverse real estate available to service providers and manufacturers of all sizes. Monroe County offers the space to grow and expand businesses, supported by a highly skilled workforce and a community with an exceptional quality of life.

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4,685 Direct jobs to be created*
$1.19bil Capital investment*
136 Approved projects*

How We Help

Imagine Monroe exists to promote, encourage, attract and develop job opportunities and economically sound commerce throughout Monroe County. This is accomplished by providing a range of incentives delivered with exemplary customer service. Businesses throughout Monroe County have benefited from these programs for more than four decades, and the Imagine Monroe staff is committed to matching the specific needs of companies with the appropriate programs.

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Featured Projects

  • Buckingham Properties

    Buckingham Properties LLC (Buckingham), a commercial real estate and development company, proposes to modernize and renovate an existing commercial building located at 460 Buffalo Road in the City of Rochester. The tenant, American Aerogel Corporation (American Aerogel), manufactures insulated shipping packages that keep temperature-sensitive material safe by using performance leading aerogel-based insulation. The $5.2 million project will include improvements of the roof, parking lot, loading docks, facade, common areas and a major renovation to the interior of American Aerogel’s leased space. Buckingham seeks Sales Tax and Mortgage Recording Tax Exemptions as well as the JobsPlus Property Tax Abatement on the $4.6 million building investment. American Aerogel seeks Sales Tax Exemption on materials, furniture and fixtures on purchases of $450,000. The project will impact 110 existing FTEs and is expected to create an additional 20 FTEs over 3 years.

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  • Zweigle’s LLC

    Zweigles’s Inc. (Zweigle’s) founded in 1880, is a 5th generation family owned producer of sausages, hot dogs and specialty meats. The Company will add an additional 13,000 sq. ft. to their production facility located in the City of Rochester. Zweigle’s is experiencing increased demand in existing and new markets. The Company considered North Carolina for this expansion as it is closer to suppliers. The applicant is seeking a JobsPlus Property Tax Abatement, Sales Tax and Mortgage Recording Tax Exemptions. The $4.6 million project will impact 56 workers and is projected to create 9 new FTEs over the next 3 years.

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  • 1050 John Street LLC

    1050 John Street LLC, a real estate holding company, will construct a 30,000 square foot facility on 3.9 acres in the Town of Henrietta.  The building will be the new Rochester office location for Viavi Solutions Inc. (Viavi). In October 2018, Viavi acquired RPC Photonics (RPC). Viavi produces high-performance thin film optical coatings. The RPC Division manufacturers optical components used for 3D sensing and other related applications.  Viavi has a growth opportunity with RPC’s proprietary solutions. The applicant received approval for the JobsPlus property tax abatement, and sales and mortgage recording tax exemptions on purchases of the construction of the new building.  The company will create 5 new Full-Time Employees over the next three years.

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