Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is the Finger Lakes Food Processing Cluster Initiative?

The FLFPCI is a project led by Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies developed to spur economic growth and create and retain jobs in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. The Initiative provides three programs to support the Food Processing Cluster in the region. The training program is the only active program component at this time.

What other regional organizations are participating in the FLFPCI?

There are several other organizations that participated in the Initiative through the Cluster Leadership Council as well as program partners who assisted with specific roles to help make the Initiative a success.

What counties are being served by FLFPCI?

Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties.

How soon can my business apply for technical or development assistance?

The program team is actively seeking company training projects that will lead to job creation or retention in the region. For additional information, please contact Andy Harlan at axhasp@rit.edu.

How can I apply to receive training?

If you are interested in being trained for a career in the Food Processing Cluster or are a Food Processing Cluster company interested in training to advance your current employees, please contact Andy Harlan at axhasp@rit.edu.

How can I get updates on Finger Lakes Food Processing Cluster Initiative programs?

Please register to receive updates via email, and keep checking this website; it will be updated regularly.

How is the Western New York Food and Agriculture Industry E3 Initiative connected to the Finger Lakes Food Processing Cluster Initiative?

The nine-county Finger Lakes region is a subset of the Western NY Food and Agriculture Industry E3 Initiative area. The Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies worked with E3 team members to identify program opportunities throughout the larger Western New York region. The E3 team was involved with the Finger Lakes Food Processing Cluster Initiative with representation on the Cluster Leadership Council, as well as participation in the Advancement Program.

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