Workforce Development

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The City of Rochester’s Workforce Development Initiatives  

  • Understanding new and current economic activities in the city 
  • Developing relationships with local businesses
  • Providing city residents with connections to exciting career fields in Rochester 
  • Connecting city residents with community resources, industry-driven education, training, employment, and more.

Partnering agencies:

  • Action for a Better Community 
  • Catholic Charities 
  • Center for Employment 
  • Finger Lakes 
  • Foodlink 
  • Pathstone 
  • Taproot 
  • Tech Talent 
  • The Commissary 
  • 1199 SEIU 
  • Yamtep  
  • Rochester Works 

ROC The Block Employment Fairs

ROC the Block is a community-based hiring initiative that brings businesses and recruiters to the city's four quadrants throughout the summer and early fall. With this fun, local, block-party styled event, Rochester employers and residents can meet to discover employment opportunities.

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ROC the Block employment fairs take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Date Location
June 12, 2024 Maplewood Rose Garden 
250 Maplewood Ave.
July 10, 2024 Padilla High School
950 Norton St.
August 14, 2024 Aberdeen Square Park
373 Aberdeen St.
September 5, 2024 Parcel 5
285 E Main Street

For more information call (585) 428-8689 or email


call (585) 428-1170 or email 

Meeting of the Minds 

Meeting of the Minds is an opportunity for the Workforce Development Community organizations to come together and discuss the current state of the workforce, challenges and successes. Meetings are held on a quarterly basis by invitation only. For more information, or to host an event email:



Flower City AmeriCorps is designed to inspire and prepare the next wave of human service and public health professionals. Gain the skills and experiences needed to begin your career. Commit to a year of service in Rochester.

Benefits Of Service

  • Biweekly living allowance up to $17,600 annually (estimated, pre-taxed)
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,345 upon completion of program
  • National service forbearance on qualified student loans
  • Individual health insurance
  • Childcare subsidy (if eligible) for dependents 12 and under
  • Living allowance not taken into consideration when determining SNAP eligibility
  • Specialized training, professional development, and networking opportunities