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Rochester Economic Development Corporation

REDCO (Rochester Economic Development Corporation) is a not-for-profit development corporation, established in 1983, dedicated to stimulating and increasing business investment in the City of Rochester, New York. REDCO's purpose is the creation and retention of jobs, as well as providing viable commercial services for city residents. 

REDCO provides technical, financial and other services to support the growth and success of existing businesses, as well as businesses relocating to the city of Rochester. 

Douglass-Anthony bridge from Corn Hill Landing. 


As a non-profit development company, REDCO has the ability to provide creative solutions for economic development projects. These include the ability to offer low interest rate loans, provide access to New York State and Federal programs, develop and operate commercial/industrial real estate, and offer specialized loan programs, such as the US Small Business Administration 504 loan program.


There are several ways in which REDCO can provide assistance for qualified economic development projects. Available assistance includes:

  • Low interest financing
  • Access to NYS and Federal programs
  • Commercial real estate development
  • Technical industrial assistance
  • SBA 504 Loans

REDCO also links businesses with other organizations, such as the City of Rochester, as well as other local economic development agencies.  For more information on REDCO, please contact David J. Balestiere at (585) 428-6817.


Rochester Economic Development Corporation is subject to the provisions of the New York State Public Authorities Law. As a local authority under this law, REDCO is required to make certain information available to the public.  

About the Board

REDCO has 25 members, 18 of whom are designated as directors. The corporation is committed to stimulating and increasing business investment within the City and operates under the following primary public objectives:

  • Supporting commercial, industrial and manufacturing growth within the City;
  • Creating employment opportunities, particularly for low and moderate income persons, and improving the quality of employment and the condition of life in the City of Rochester;
  • Providing technical and financial assistance to new and expanding City businesses, and to businesses relocating to the City; and
  • facilitating real estate development projects that result in a significant benefit to the community.

REDCO's loan and grant programs are funded through Federal, State and local funding sources.

The 25 members must include 13 City residents and must fairly represent the following groups: lending and financial institutions, business organizations, and community organizations.

The 18 Directors include 4 who are ex-officio by virtue of their position in City government, including the: Mayor, Commissioner of Neighborhood and Business Development, Finance Director, and President of City Council. The remaining Directors, selected from the Membership include (minimally): 1 who is a member of City Council; 2 who are officials of regulated institutions; 1 with commercial lending experience; 7 who are City residents or who own a business in the City; and overall, represent the demographics of the City population.

REDCO Board of Directors

REDCO is operated by an experienced board of public officials, business persons, and economic development professionals. Collectively, the board has the experience to evaluate and work with a variety of businesses and developers. 

Lovely A. Warren
City of Rochester

Richard Mueller
Group VP, - Western NY/Rochester Commercial    
Real Estate
M & T Bank

Charles A. Benincasa
Director of Finance
City of Rochester

David Rodriguez
Council Rock Enterprises, LLC

Gary Bonadonna, Jr.
Assistant Manager
Rochester Regional Joint Board
Loretta C. Scott
President, City Council
City of Rochester

David L. Brooks
Sr. Vice President/Cief Lending Officer
ESL Federal Credit Union 

Ruth Scott
Scott Associates Consulting, Inc

Sergio Esteban, P.E.
President and CEO
LaBella Associates, PC

Dr. Delmonize A. Smith`
Commissioner, Neighborhood &
Business Development
City of Rochester

 James Genthner
Executive Vice President
EPIC Advisors, Inc
Dale K. Trott
President, DG&M Agency
President, Rochester Black Business Association
Michelle A. Hutchinson, Esq.
Managing Partner
Brown & Hutchinson Attorneys at Law

Julio Vazquez
CEO, Eugenio Maria de Hostos
Charter School

Barbara J. Jones
Retired VP/Regional Mgr, Community Investment          
JP Morgan Chase Bank

David Young
Business Manager-International
Brotherhood of
Electrical Workers Local Union 86

Dana K. Miller
Vice President, City Council
City of Rochester          


  • Dr. Delmonize A. Smith          Chairman of the Board/President
  • Vacant                                   Vice President  
  • Charles A. Benincasa              Treasurer              
  • David J. Balestiere                  Secretary


Executive Committee:  

  • Sergio Esteban
  • Richard Mueller
  • Loretta A. Scott
  • Dr Delmonize A.Smith

Board Meeting Minutes

REDCO's board meets on an as needed basis. Meeting notices are publicized through the New York State Open Meetings Law. Meetings are held at City Hall, 30 Church, Rochester, New York, 14614.

2011 Board Meeting Minutes 

2012 Board Meeting Minutes 

2013 Board Meeting Minutes 

2014 Board Meeting Minutes 

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