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Create Well-Paying Jobs

Building 21st Century Infrastructure is critical to successfully growing our economy.

  • Consequently, we will urgently pursue upgrades to our infrastructure that are forward thinking, business and community friendly, and fiscally responsible.
  • We will ensure there is affordable and reliable internet access in all neighborhoods in our community.
  • We support increased transparency surrounding how taxes are applied towards infrastructure projects such as roads and school capital improvements.
  • We promote the needs of local businesses when developing infrastructure projects.
  • We support the implementation of tax credits to hire local youth and adults in transition as apprentices, journeymen, and workers.
  • We promote the development of public transportation that links Rochester with neighboring communities, and satellite communities with other regional hubs.
  • We support green and renewable energy technologies by providing tax credits and incentives to homes and businesses.

Fostering a Manufacturing Renaissance

  • We support fostering a manufacturing renaissance through continued investment and public-private partnerships throughout the region.
  • We support leveraging and promoting our workforce and technological strength in photonics, our local incubators, and our colleges and universities to optimize our region as a place to “Make it America.”
  • We will work with schools and colleges throughout the region to help fill the gap in much-needed skilled labor.

Creating Well-Paying Clean Energy Jobs

  • A critical element to regaining and creating well-paying jobs is to support and take advantage of the global rise in the development and use of green technologies.
  • We will provide further incentives to those companies seeking to develop and manufacture those technologies locally.

Pursuing Our Innovation Agenda: Science, Research, Education, and Technology

  • Monroe County is a vibrant center for pursuing an innovation agenda that prioritizes Science, Research, Education, and Technology.
  • Democrats across the county lead in our support of local and statewide incubator initiatives (e.g. High Tech Rochester, Start-up New York).
  • We are committed in our support of the region’s colleges and universities and in their efforts to create coordinated curricula and other channels with area school districts and our future workforce.
  • We are the Education Party and we support ongoing innovation and
    improvements to our schools throughout the region.
  • We support the Net Neutrality Act.
  • We will support and expand free city-wide internet hot spots.
  • We support 5G adoption.
  • We will work to ensure all county schools have computer technology courses as part of their curriculum.
  • We will provide assistance and investments to new graduates of public and private schools, colleges, universities in ‘future technology’ fields of study in order to retain and develop local entrepreneurs.
  • We are committed to making it easier for the Department of Economic Development to support start-ups (R&D).

Supporting America’s Small Businesses

  • We are dedicated to supporting small businesses, the engine of economic growth in our region.
  • We will provide resources to help owners in areas such as: advice on how to access new markets, training on grant and proposal writing, and marketing.
  • We support the creation of community safe zones where small businesses operate, ensuring police presence during peak business hours.
  • We support identifying and improving areas where red-tape could be reduced in support of small businesses and start-ups, such as:
    •  NYS Health Exchanges for small businesses
    • Registration process for Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Businesses (MBWB) and Veteran Owned Business
    • Tax rebates for renovating historic structures
  •  We will drive community based support for small businesses through strategies such as:
    • Ensuring diverse representation among prospective businesses
    • Making it easier to connect college interns to small businesses
    • Encouraging the community to buy from local small businesses
  • We support Ride-Sharing

Creating Jobs for America’s Young People

  • Creating career paths and jobs for the young is critical for the economic health and vibrancy of our communities.
  • We support increasing local youth apprenticeship opportunities and job skills training for high school and college students.
  • We support schools and colleges throughout the region to help fill the gap in much-needed skilled labor.
  • We support assistance and investments to new graduates of public and private schools, colleges, universities in ‘future technology’ fields of study in order to retain and develop local entrepreneurs.
  • We support the debt free college legislation of Gov. Cuomo.