Advancement Program

Under the Advancement Program, the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS) and the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) at Rochester Institute of Technology partnered to provide assistance to Food Processing Cluster companies with the ultimate goal of creating and retaining jobs in the region. While the "advancement program" is no longer active, business assistance to food processing companies is still available through NYSP2I and other programs at RIT.

Business Assistance included:

  • Direct Technical Assistance for process and/or quality improvement
  • "Green" process or product commercialization assistance
  • Assessment of sustainable practices for supply chain scorecards and environmental certifications
  • Technology transfer and identification of market expansion opportunities

Program Benefits:

  • Increased productivity
  • Efficient use of resources
  • Innovative technologies
  • Sustainable production
  • New products and processes
  • Market expansion
  • Value Chain competitiveness

Ultimate goal: Job creation and economic growth for the region


Cluster Unification

Cluster organization, planning, and networking were also objectives of this program. A Cluster Leadership Council was formed to provide guidance and support of the program. Opportunities to engage with other cluster businesses will be provided through workshops and networking events.


R & D

As part of the Advancement Program, NYSP2I conducted waste-to-energy technology development and optimization research projects to address technology gaps identified in the cluster. Results will be shared with cluster businesses for potential implementation of technological advances.

To learn more about how RIT can assist food processing companies, contact:
Mr. Andy Harlan at 585-475-5385 or

Direct Technical Assistance Achievements

NYSP2I has assisted 13 food processing cluster companies across the state through Direct Technical Assistance projects. Over the past 24 months, NYSP2I has identified improvements leading to potential annual savings of:

  • $1,540,296/year in Cost Savings
  • 7,855,565 lbs/year of Non-Hazardous (Solid) Waste
  • 1,443,511 kWh/year of Electricity
  • 83,543 MBTU/year of Natural Gas
  • 82,870,000 gallons/year of Water Usage
  • 76,660,000 gallons/year of Wastewater Discharge

“…Strong clusters foster innovation through dense knowledge flows and spillovers; strengthen entrepreneurship by boosting new enterprise formation and start-up survival; enhance productivity, income levels, and employment growth in industries; and positively influence regional economic performance.” - Brookings Institution Reports, Job Creation on a Budget 2011





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