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Business Brief

The Rochester, NY Region has the unique distinction to be home to the #1 Best Small Company to Work for in America-- Dixon Schwabl (2010); the #1 Best Medium Company to Work for in America-- Genencor (2005); and the #1 Best Large Company to Work for in America-- Wegmans (2005). As announced by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and selected and ranked by the Great Place to Work Institute, this honor is an extraordinary tribute to the people, partners, and talent of Rochester businesses, striving to make Rochester a great place to live and work.

With a long history of innovation, local companies deliver cutting-edge developments in industries such as optics and imaging, smart energy, research and development, health imaging, and food and beverage manufacturing.

If you are returning to Rochester for another amazing visit, or if this is your first time, you may want to plan your visit so that you won't miss some of the special events taking place throughout the year.

Living Here

Quality of Life can be measured by a variety of factors including access to cultural amenities, recreational activities, cost of living, excellent schools, weather, and an environment in which to raise a healthy and educated family. Monroe County and the Greater Rochester Region offers an exceptional quality of life. The county incorporates both the arts, culture, sports and nightlife of a big city along with the ease and comfort of small towns and communities.

Monroe County is comprised of 19 towns, 10 villages and the City of Rochester, the third largest city in the state, with a combined population of approximately 750,000 residents and a land area of 663.21 square miles. Forbes named Rochester the 3rd Best Place to Raise a Family based on the cost of living, short commutes as well as affordable housing available in our community. Forbes also recognized Rochester as the 4th Most Affordable City due in part to our diversified economy and history of sustained low cost of living.

In addition to a beautiful, varied landscape and an abundance of cultural and recreational activities, Monroe County offers residents 21 parks totaling nearly 12,000 acres. Almost all 21 County Parks have picnic and hiking areas and most are equipped with sports facilities, shelters and lodges.

Transportation and Logistics

Monroe County and the City of Rochester are located on the south shore of Lake Ontario, in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York. The area (663.21 square miles) is accessible through the Greater Rochester International Airport, Amtrak and Conrail, the New York State Thruway, and the New York State Erie Canal.

Monroe County has a transportation system designed to effectively support business needs. Our largest city, Rochester has an average commute time of only 20.3 minutes, and limited congestion on the highways. Rochester is accessible and easy to navigate.

Kiplinger named Rochester the "Best City in the U.S. for Commuters." This ranking was based on our community's low congestion cost (a measurement of wasted time and fuel calculated by the Texas Transportation Institute) along with average length of commute, local gas prices, yearly delays per commuter, and public transit use.

Rochester International Airport

Rochester International Airport averages 95 flights every day to 22 cities. Flights to cities such as Boston, New York and Washington, DC are less than 1½ hours by air.

Trains in Rochester

Rochester is also accessible by rail. The region has more than 60 weekly Amtrak passenger rail departures from downtown. For commercial needs, Rochester has three Class 1 carriers: CSX, Norfolk Southern and Canadian Pacific. The routes handle up to 60 trains per day.

Major Highways

  • Interstate 90 (New York State Thruway)
  • Interstate 390
  • Interstate 490
  • Interstate 590
  • New York State Route 15
  • New York State Route 18
  • New York State Route 19
  • New York State Route 31
  • New York State Route 33
  • New York State Route 104
  • New York State Route 259
  • New York State Route 390
  • New York State Route 531
  • New York State Route 590
  • Lake Ontario State Parkway
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