Growth. Growth characterizes everything from Ontario County’s population to household income. Ontario County’s population reached 110,000 in 2010 and household income has increased 34% in the past 10 years. Forty percent of our total labor force is between the ages of 25 and 54, and more than 61,000—almost 40%—hold an associates or higher degree.

Development Assistance

Businesses throughout Ontario County are part of a competitive, fast-paced global economy where ever-improving technologies are the norm and competition is strong. As an employer, it’s imperative to keep the skills of your employees at peak levels. Our partner in workforce development, Finger Lakes Works Ontario County, offers a variety of services that can help you keep a competitive edge.

Talent Attraction & Retention

Our workforce development and business retention and expansion programs are designed to assist you in finding, training and retaining a world-class workforce. Whether it’s customized training, pre-employment screening or quality-of-life improvements, we can help.

Workforce Team

Companies are only as good as their employees and Ontario County offers employers a skilled, motivated and ready workforce that’s second to none. The following organizations are dedicated to helping to develop and enhance that workforce.

Finger Lakes Advance Manufacturers’ Enterprise (FAME)

FAME is an initiative of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board and a collaborative public/private partnership of regional stakeholders that are dedicated to investments in human capital. FAME works with dedicated professionals who specialize in workforce development, and understand what it takes to attract and grow the workforce talent in advanced manufacturing. The end product of this investment is a bright, motivated, informed, skilled workforce that contributes to your company’s success.

Ontario County Workforce Development

The Ontario County Department of Workforce Development provides services for both job seekers and employers, as well as youth programs. Services for employers include job listing and employee recruitment, screening and training, while job seekers can access the job listing service and resource room, and take workshops on resume preparation and other development skills.

Workforce Investment Board

The mission of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB) is to improve the economic well-being of job seekers and employers in the region by aligning human potential with opportunities in the workplace. Made up of members from both the private and public sectors of Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties in New York State, the board is the decision-making entity responsible for overseeing the local workforce system.