Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President Robert Duffy has been chosen to replace Danny Wegman as co-chairman of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council.
Duffy joins co-chair Anne Kress, who also serves as president of Monroe Community College. The pair will continue to work on growing the economy in the nine-county Finger Lakes region. Wegman served as co-chair since the council’s inception in 2011.
“Danny Wegman’s leadership on the regional council has been transformative for the Finger Lakes region,” Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement. “I am incredibly grateful to him and to his six-year commitment to the council.”
Wegman’s forward-thinking ideas and heartfelt efforts to tackle poverty at its roots have helped move the region forward, Hochul added.
“I can think of no one better to take over for Danny than former Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy, who has dedicated his entire adult life to public service,” Hochul said. “He is a true champion for the region and I look forward to working with him in his new role.”
Duffy served as lieutenant governor in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration from 2011 to 2014, during which time he served as statewide chairman of the regional economic development councils.
Duffy also served as Rochester mayor from 2006 to 2011 and as the city’s police chief from 1998 to 2005.
“I am honored and grateful to Gov. Cuomo for this appointment to serve as co-chair of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council,” Duffy said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Anne Kress and all of the team members who have done a fantastic job since the governor convened these councils in 2011.”
Duffy said the region was better off for having Wegman’s commitment to the council.
“We have important work ahead of us now as we move the Finger Lakes forward, ensuring economic prosperity for the region,” Duffy said.
Wegman said the governor developed “a great program for economic development” that has attracted many individuals working to make the Finger Lakes better.
“We have made headway on a number of projects including helping people in poverty through workforce development, rejuvenating the Eastman Business Park, building a more robust ag and food ecosystem and laying a foundation for the Finger Lakes to be a major factor in the digital revolution,” Wegman said. “We believe the future is bright for our region and we will continue to help Anne Kress and Bob Duffy wherever we can to make that future a reality.”
Under the REDC program, since 2011, more than $4.6 billion has been awarded to more than 5,200 projects that are projected to create or retain more than 210,000 jobs statewide. The Finger Lakes REDC has delivered $506.1 million for 605 projects.
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