Locate Finger Lakes Business Journal

Locate Finger Lakes: Focus on Business Enterprise in the Finger Lakes Region

For Immediate Release

Website Launched and Initiative Newly Branded Promotes the Finger Lakes as a Region of Innovation and Creativity

Contact: 315-577-3796

The Locate Finger Lakes website was launched today promoting the Finger Lakes Region as a great place to locate business enterprise. The new website was produced by an initiative begun last summer, and today that initiative also announced it is changing its name to coincide with a new brand and logo, Locate Finger Lakes.

The Locate Finger Lakes website highlights many strengths of the Finger Lakes, and focuses attention on the region’s attractiveness for locating businesses and new career opportunities.

Combining with the new website, the Locate Finger Lakes initiative will also utilize Facebook and other social media to assist established economic development efforts to promote the region and help recruit business to the variety of sectors which comprise the region’s diverse economy. Friends are encouraged to follow Locate Finger Lakes on Facebook @LocateFingerLakes and on Twitter @LocateFLX.

“The Locate Finger Lakes website showcases the region’s tremendous natural beauty, hundreds of miles of waterfront, wonderful communities, world-class high-tech scientific research, abundant resources, a long history of creativity and business innovation, and as a great place to start and grow a family and a business,” said Jack Bisgrove founder of the Locate Finger Lakes initiative. “It is our hope this new website and our continued work at Locate Finger Lakes will assist those individuals and organizations who are working diligently to enhance the development of positive business opportunities in our region.”

Leading the Locate Finger Lakes initiative and the development of its website and other projects is former New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio, who represented the region for over three decades, and is a partner in the Harris Beach law firm. “It was a labor of love to work together as a dedicated team, who cares deeply about our region, to develop the Locate Finger Lakes website and promote our wonderful region to the national and international business community,” added Nozzolio.

Locate Finger Lakes is especially grateful to our many partners, whose collaboration was invaluable as we worked together to structure our message saluting the Finger Lakes as the region of the future, so beautiful, livable and located in the middle of a high-tech triangle with significant university-based research, innovation, skilled scientific training and product development.”

Locate Finger Lakes extends special gratitude to Teresa and Dennis Angelo, owners of InHouse Design of Geneva and laud their creativity and hard work in developing the website. InHouse Design, with Teresa and Dennis at the helm, is emblematic of the great small businesses of the Finger Lakes. The InHouse team is dedicated to their clients, and bring an innovative and creative approach to their projects.”

The Locate Finger Lakes Initiative plans to sponsor a variety of additional projects that showcase business and entrepreneurship in the region. “Continuing collaboration with our partners is essential as Locate Finger Lakes further refines its website and develops other projects. Locate Finger Lakes seeks to reflect our partners’ needs as we work together to promote our wonderful region,”Nozzolio concluded.

About the Locate Finger Lakes Website

  • The Locate Finger Lakes website is a resource that provides the reader with a host of links to its Finger Lakes partners, including county and state economic development offices, business improvement districts, chambers of commerce, many local communities, tourism promotion organizations and wine trails, and the community colleges and four year colleges and universities within the region.
  • Locate Finger Lakes graphically displays the interconnectivity of the eleven majestic Finger Lakes and Lake Ontario, and provides links to Lake Associations dedicated to protecting each watershed, the region’s most important natural resources.
  • Locations and links are provided identifying technology parks, job-related training services, and an economic development handbook comprehensively cataloging virtually all state and local economic development programs.
  • Focus is placed on the high-level scientific research in agriculture, food and technology conducted within and centered in the Finger Lakes. A world-class “Food and Tech Research Triangle” of university-based scientific research, the territory geographically forming the shape of a triangle, extends through the Finger Lakes, bordered by Syracuse, Ithaca and Rochester. Highlights the variety of colleges and universities in the Finger Lakes, that boasts one of the Nation’s largest concentration of students per capita.
  • The Locate Finger Lakes website displays a number of videos, some produced by Empire State Development, and others produced locally that highlight some of the Finger Lakes region’s magnets for economic development: world class university based research, shovel-ready development sites, a deep rooted culture of innovation, its beautiful lakes and livable communities. Featured in the videos are Dr. Kathryn Boor, Dean of the Cornell University College of Agriculture, and prominent Finger Lakes resident and businessman, Chairman of Wegmans Foods, and former chair of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, Danny Wegman.
  • Locate Finger Lakes highlights an inspirational prescription for economic success in small towns, outlined by Jack Schultz in the book he authored, Boom Town USA: The 7 1/2 Keys to Big Success in Small Towns.
Read what some of our PARTNERS say about Locate Finger Lakes

Kathryn J. Boor, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University
“We aim to further grow the Finger Lakes region into a business powerhouse by leveraging its unique mix of strengths. Besides our breathtaking natural resources, we offer an outstanding workforce with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, a burgeoning food and agricultural sector, breakthrough education and research and some of most livable communities in the country. ‘Locate Finger Lakes’ is spot on. Through innovative marketing and collaboration, we will accelerate our momentum by demonstrating that this region is the place to be.”

Danny Wegman, Chairman of Wegmans, and former Chair of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council
“The Finger Lakes region is the perfect place to start and grow a business in food and agriculture. The best research institutions, well-run farms, world class food production companies, and retailers with easy access to tens of millions of consumers make this the hub for the food sector and a great place for food entrepreneurs.”

Robert Nye, President, Finger Lakes Community College
“Finger Lakes Community College is excited to partner with Locate Finger Lakes. With campuses in four locations and serving portions of all or part of four distinct counties in the region, our College is poised to rapidly support a broad array of company needs from specialized workforce development to general educational needs of employees and their families to continue their educational goals. Our College mission and vision are uniquely positioned to support Locate Finger Lakes efforts, as Finger Lakes Community College serves as a dynamic resource empowering our students to succeed while fueling the cultural and economic vitality of the region. Our College strives to develop innovative programs and maintain strong partnerships with industry and community. We look forward to welcoming you and working with you in the future!”

Michael Stamm, President, Tompkins County Area Development
“TCAD is thrilled to participate in the Locate Finger Lakes initiative. It provides a muchneed platform for all of the communities in the region to work together to maximize our opportunities. Locate Finger Lakes will strengthen the region, stimulate private sector investment, and create high quality jobs for local residents.”

Michael Manikowski, Executive Director, Ontario County Office of Economic Development
“On behalf of Ontario County Office of Economic Development we welcome the establishment of “Locate Finger Lakes.” Having a well-coordinated, collaborative, ED outreach initiative that can effectively utilize new media will add to our efforts to recruit, retain and expand the critical sectors of our regional economy. This will be especially helpful in the Ag and Food technology and processing sector. We need to be seen internationally as a hub for this sector given our location, history, education and technical assets. A big thanks to former Senator Nozzolio and his team for taking this initiative.”

Bob Aronson, Executive Director, Seneca County IDA
“Our thanks go out to Jack Bisgrove and Mike Nozzolio for pulling together this exciting new resource. Locate Finger Lakes will serve to attract a diversity of interests to our region, and we look forward to collaborating on the many programs to be offered. This kind of forward thinking effort sets the stage for a bright and prosperous future!”

“Given the recent upsurge in the Finger Lakes Region’s economic development trend, I am very excited for the launch of Locate Finger Lakes to propel this movement further, and I cannot think of a better trailblazer to lead this charge than former Senator Mike Nozzolio. With many groups dedicated to our region’s development, Locate Finger Lakes will be fundamental in pulling all organizations together for the greater good.”

John Johnson, Executive Director Cornell Agriculture & Food Technology Park
“The Locate Finger Lakes initiative illuminates the considerable breadth and depth of resources in our region focused on agriculture, food, and beverage technologies. Situated in one of the great food production and consumer market areas in the world, the Finger Lakes is also home to the top educational institutions focused on agriculture technology, food safety, packaging, and sustainable food production. These, combined with a skilled workforce, make the Finger Lakes area an ideal location for the food entrepreneur and established food manufacturer.”

Jeff Shipley, President and CEO of the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce
“The Finger Lakes is blessed with an abundance of resources that help make our region an attractive place to live, work and play,” said Jeff Shipley, President and CEO of the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce. “I am proud of the collaborative efforts to grow our regional economic development potential and look forward to helping advance the objectives of Locate Finger Lakes to the benefit of our diverse community.”

Brian Durant, President of Cayuga Community College
“The Locate Finger Lakes website celebrates our region as the great area for economic development we all know it to be,” said Cayuga Community College President Brian Durant. “Along with illustrating our business-friendly atmosphere, this initiative launched by Jack Bisgrove and State Senator Mike Nozzolio encourages economic growth that will doubtlessly lead to new job opportunities across the Finger Lakes’ communities.”

Tracy Verrier, Executive Director of Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce
“The Locate Finger Lakes site provides one more opportunity to showcase the quality of life and benefits of doing business here.”

You can reach Locate Finger Lakes by going to:, follow us on Facebook @LocateFingerLakes and on Twitter @LocateFLX.


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