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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4,337 Direct jobs to be created*
$868mil Capital investment*
115 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

  • Home Leasing LLC

    Home Leasing, LLC (Home Leasing) a developer, in collaboration with Episcopal Senior Life Communities (ESLC), proposes to develop a mixed-use project on 8.4 acres in the Town of Penfield. The project will provide a wide range of housing options for seniors from independent living to assisted living and memory care. Home Leasing’s participation will be the development and management of 113 affordable apartments for seniors with income at 50% to 60% Area Median Income. ESLC will provide supportive services for 40 of the units. The $30 million project will include ADA accessible units. Home Leasing expects to create 14 full-time jobs and eight part-time positions.

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  • M/E Properties Rochester, LLC

    M/E Properties Rochester, LLC, a real estate holding company, proposes to purchase and renovate 300 Trolley Blvd. in the Town of Gates for M/E Engineering, P.C. (M/E). Founded in 1991, M/E is a mechanical/electrical consulting engineering firm. The firm has outgrown its leased space in the City of Rochester. The new 22,900 square foot location will allow the company to expand operations and create 11 full-time jobs over the next three years. Headquartered in Monroe County, M/E also operates in Buffalo, Albany and Syracuse with total employment of 200 people. The Rochester location employs approximately 85 people. The project cost is $3,100,000.

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  • Vargas Associates Inc.

    Vargas Associates, Inc., a facilities project management company, is proposing an expansion at their current location on Humboldt St in the City of Rochester, leasing an additional 1,700 square feet. The company will renovate a total of 4,600 square feet to reconfigure work areas to allow for additional staff, create an open concept, upgrade lighting to LED fixtures, add a restroom, as well as, purchase furniture, fixtures and equipment. The $585,370 project will impact 13 full-time jobs and is projected to create four full-time jobs over the next three years.

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