May Community Partner of the Month is…

Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES!

GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board Inc. (FLWIB) announced today that Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) is May’s “Community Partner of the Month,” recognizing the BOCES’ efforts in working collaboratively with Finger Lakes WIB to address workforce issues impacting the region.

Founded in 1971 when the Wayne County BOCES merged with the BOCES of Ontario, Seneca and Yates Counties, Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES provides quality educational services and programs for 25 school districts and residents of Wayne, Ontario, Seneca and Yates counties. Additionally Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES serves adult students in practical nursing programs, CNA classes, daytime technical and career classes, adult literacy programs, and high school equivalency diploma preparation classes.

Scott Bischoping, Superintendent of WFL-BOCES receives the award for Community Partner of the Month from Karen Springmeier, Executive Director of FLWIB, Inc.

Scott Bischoping, Superintendent of WFL-BOCES receives the award for Community Partner of the Month from Karen Springmeier, Executive Director of FLWIB, Inc.

Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES has been an active partner with the FLWIB throughout the years collaborating on various initiatives while working together through Board and Consortium related activities.  Events like the annual Healthcare Career Day where nursing students from BOCES serve as tour guides interacting with high school students interested in careers in healthcare or initiatives such as the development of a two day “soft–skills” training for job-seekers highlight the partnership that has developed over the years between FLWIB and Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES.

“We are fortunate to have such an innovative community partner in our region” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board.  “We look forward to continued collaboration to address issues impacting education and workforce development and better prepare our emerging workforce for the demand occupations in the Finger Lakes region.”

FLREDC Consolidated Funding Application Workshops

FLREDC will hold Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Workshops – which will include public forums on the Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) – on the following dates. Click the RSVP link to register:

5/21/2015 1:00PM – 5:00PM Rochester, Monroe Community College RSVP

6/4/2015 3:00PM – 7:00PM Batavia, Genesee Community College RSVP

6/16/2015 3:00PM – 7:00PM Geneva, Hobart and William Smith College RSVP


Public workshops held statewide will educate and assist potential applicants with CFA process

REDC Round V Makes Up to $750 million in economic development funding available from over 20 agency programs

Empire State Development today announced the launch of the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) workshops for potential applicants to learn more about the application process for Round V of the Regional Economic Development Councils, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s initiative to stimulate job creation and economic growth throughout the state. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, statewide chair of the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC), kicked off the public forums by hosting the first workshop yesterday in the Capital Region. This year, up to $750 million in economic development resources are being made available from more than 20 state agency programs.

“The REDC initiative has transformed how we approach economic development in New York State, successfully delivering nearly $3 billion to thousands of projects that are creating jobs and revitalizing communities across the state,” said Lieutenant Governor Hochul. “With Round V underway, potential applicants from all corners of New York are fine tuning proposals to submit before the July 31 deadline. The CFA workshops are an integral part of this process as they educate potential applicants on the process and provide key advice on how to submit a strong application that will further implement our region’s strategic plans. I encourage prospective applicants to attend these workshops and look forward to the great projects and proposals that will strengthen and grow our economy.”

The Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) was established in 2011 to streamline the application process. The CFA allows an applicant to access multiple funding sources from dozens of existing programs through one comprehensive application, significantly simplifying the process for seeking state funding. The CFA serves as the single application projects must complete to be eligible to access the up to $750 million in state resources made available through the REDC initiative.

The CFA workshops will be held throughout May and June at over a dozen locations in all ten regions of the state. The workshops will include an overview of the application and CFA process followed by informational breakout sessions on specific areas of funding available for economic development projects.

The 11 state agencies and authorities whose funding will be made available through the CFA process are Empire State Development; NYS Canal Corporation; NYS Energy Research and Development Authority; Environmental Facilities Corporation; Homes and Community Renewal; Department of Labor; New York Power Authority; Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Department of State; Department of Environmental Conservation, and Council on the Arts.

The CFA opened to applicants on May 1 with a deadline of July 31 at 4 p.m., allotting more time than past years for the Regional Councils to solicit and identify projects in their areas. Once the CFA is submitted by the applicant, it goes to the local Regional Council to be reviewed and ranked as part of its strategic planning process.

For the full schedule of CFA Workshops, click here.

The list of specific resources available in Round V, as well as application materials and 2015 guidebook are available online at

About the Regional Economic Development Councils

The Regional Economic Development Council initiative (REDC) is a key component of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s transformative approach to State investment and economic development. In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources. After four rounds of the REDC process, nearly $3 billion has been awarded to more than 3,100 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans, supporting the creation or retention of more than 150,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit .

Assistant Website Developer Job Opening!

Sixty five year old family-owned successful business seeks skilled Assistant Website Developer who wants to program, design, and be involved in creating growth.  This internet/bricks and mortar  retailer has had great sales success while using self created front and back end systems.  We are looking for someone who can assist our Website Developer/Programmer by learning our systems,  writing code, solving problems and managing social media, web, and email  presences to maximize related sales results.  Design skills are also needed to create product presentation  on website as well as to create interest in focused offerings.   Closely interact and support software users, while keeping an eye toward  technological improvement in both our back and front end systems,  through a true understanding of operational processes.

Example of job duties:

Upload product to website

Maintain facebook page.  Twitter – Instagram-Snapchat, whatever

Write monthly/biweekly emails to blast to customer base

Change front page of website periodically to feature specific products

Interact/direct Internet advertising

Monitor internet presence – search to see advertising results

Monitor competition websites – pricing comparisons, new product identification

Assist in development of perpetual inventory, POS system

Address issues related to order processing

Assist in website code maintenance and updates

The ideal candidate must:

Work out of our Finger Lakes location

Have experience writing code – ideally using HTML, CSS, JavaScript.  ColdFusion a bonus (or willingness to learn)

Think nothing less than excellent customer service is acceptable

Be a real team player

Show up to work every day looking forward to what the day will bring

Posess an Associates degree in an IT related field – bonus points for a Bachelors, or a High School diploma and appropriate relevant experience

Have a strong work ethic – be reliable, trustworthy and  an all around good person

Love a fast paced work environment

We offer a competitive salary, medical and dental insurance benefits, paid holiday and vacation time, 401K plan, bonus potential, opportunities  for professional growth and devlopment and a really great work atmosphere.

Please email  us a resume which outlines your skills, education and experience.  We look forward to hearing from you.

The FLREDC now accepting “Letters of Interest”

The 2015-16 New York State Budget passed this week and included Governor Cuomo’s proposals for a fifth round of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) and Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process, as well as a new Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI), which I encourage you to read about at:

While more specifics about the 2015 REDC/CFA/URI process will be announced in the coming weeks, the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council (FLREDC) has reopened its optional, pre-application process for organizations that are thinking of submitting a project for State funding in 2015 – as part of the CFA, URI or other State programs.

The FLREDC now accepting “Letters of Interest” that can be submitted using an online form at the website below:

This is being done in an effort to improve the quality and success of project applications in our region and also the vetting process completed annually by the FLREDC’s workgroup structure. Submitting a Letter of Interest is optional and does NOT replace the need to submit an official CFA once the portal opens later this spring.

However, it is highly recommended that you submit a Letter of Interest in order to engage with the FLREDC before the CFA portal opens. Please feel free to share this new web form to anyone that might be interested.

For more information about the FLREDC, please go to the website below:

FLWIB Receives Agricultural Grant for Youth Event

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Karen Springmeier, our Executive Director, and Pat Gopen, our Youth Systems Coordinator are pictured above accepting a check from Ann Shephard of the NYS Agricultural Society Foundation for our first Agriculture Youth Career Exploration event entitled “Building the Agricultural Intellect of Finger Lakes Youth” to be held in Spring 2016!  Stay tuned for more details!

Youth RFP 2015-2016






The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc., as fiscal agent for the Finger Lakes Workforce Development Area is soliciting proposals for the operation of federally-funded youth programs in compliance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  Funding will be for the period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc. intends to award the RFP for three additional program years, dependent on contractor’s meeting  performance goals, quality of service or product that has been provided, timeliness of start-up and meeting of delivery schedules, cost projections for next year and the availability of funds. Other factors may be considered if applicable.


The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 introduced significant changes for youth programming at the local level.  The Workforce Investment Act focuses on serving out of school youth and targeted youth populations through youth development activities that will reinforce positive social skills in youth.  The legislation mandates strong ties with the business community, not only as employers, but also in an expanded role as advisors, funders, trainers and economic developers.  The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act places an increased emphasis on work experience activities, serving individuals with disabilities and veterans.  The intent is to develop a skilled future labor force. Eligible participants must be between 16 and 24 and meet specific eligibility criteria as noted in the RFP.


The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FL WIB) is the local governing board for the federal WIOA legislation.  This Board is comprised of representatives of local businesses, labor organizations, education providers, public agencies and other entities interested in workforce development issues.  The FL WIB, Inc.  is the entity responsible for policy development and implementation for programs funded under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act for the counties of Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates.


Funding available to serve youth in the four-county region for the period July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 is approximately $400,000.00 (subject to official notification from the New York State Department of Labor).  Please note the14 elements of the legislation that can be funded (see RFP).  Proposals may be funded for one or more elements, however, all proposals must indicate how programs link to the other elements and must include a Memorandum of Understanding with other partners.


Respondents must meet the criteria outlined in the Request for Proposal (RFP) and must be in compliance with policy and regulations set forth by the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

 New WIOA Youth RFP PY15-PY16 (pdf)

Detailed Requests for Proposals may be obtained between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Apri1 10th, 2015 at the address noted below, or by calling Dinah Brennan at 315-789-3131.  You may also access the RFP at our website:



GENEVA, NY 14456


Western Ag named April’s Business of the Month!

GENEVA, New York – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB), Inc. announced today that Western Ag Enterprises, Inc. is April’s “Business of the Month”, recognizing the business’s contributions to the community and to the local economy.

Incorporated in Arizona in 1985, Western Ag Enterprises, Inc. annually converts 60 million square feet of material for the agricultural, industrial, mining, transportation, and recreation industries. They bring years of design experience to suit the specialized needs of their clients. Western Ag’s facilities are designed to handle large and volume projects. They also have installation crews available to service hay tarps, silage pit covers, and liners in many areas.  The main corporate office and manufacturing facility is located in Phoenix, AZ while the local office is located at the Seneca County Depot and opened in 2011.

Ryan DeVay, Employment & Training Counselor for Finger Lakes Works-Seneca County, Joshua VanVleet, 2nd Shift Supervisor at Western Ag, Gerald Kirby, 1st Shift Supervisor at Western Ag, David Waugh, Site Manager at Western Ag, and John Vrabel, Deputy Director of Finger Lakes Works-Seneca County.

Ryan DeVay, Employment & Training Counselor for Finger Lakes Works-Seneca County, Joshua VanVleet, 2nd Shift Supervisor at Western Ag, Gerald Kirby, 1st Shift Supervisor at Western Ag, David Waugh, Site Manager at Western Ag, and John Vrabel, Deputy Director of Finger Lakes Works-Seneca County.

Over the last four years the company has grown to the current workforce of 30. To assist with recruiting efforts, Western Ag Enterprises has worked closely with Finger Lakes Works Business Services Team to post jobs with the New York State Job Bank.  Other recruiting services that have been accessed include application collection, screening and referrals as well as on-site interviewing at the career center in Waterloo.

“Helping businesses connect with the talent is an important service we offer employers.” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, FLWIB.  “We look forward to working with Western Ag as they continue to grow and contribute to our regional economy.”


Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES in cooperation with the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership will be offering…

165 Hour CDL Class A License Training

This course gives the experiences necessary to be prepared to work in the trucking industry. The program consists of up to 40 hours of one-to-one drive time, 26 hours of range/yard time and approximately 99 hours of classroom time. This program includes shadowing experience and resume development. Upon completion of this programs students will have certification in defensive driving, forklift operation and air brake adjustment.

165 Hours of instruction!

Class will be at:

Postsecondary Adult Career Education Annex, Wayne Technical and Career Center
4440 Ridge Road, Williamson NY 14589
Classes will begin the week of May 11

Tuition and road test fee:  $4,980.00

CALL 315 332 7317 to pre-register for an upcoming April information session