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5-17-17 Finger Lakes WIB Meeting Minutes


Wednesday, May 17, 2017 8:30-10:00am
Keuka College, Keuka Park, NY 14478


Members: L. Brennan, D. Culeton, J. DeVault, T. Facer, J. Hamm, C. Kramer, M. Manikowski, J. McGregor, K. Morgan, J. Mueller, R. Nye, L. Parish, J. Pellerite, M. Rusinko, A. Scheetz, C. Schillaci, J. Sheppard, B. Trouskie, D. Phillips

Guests: A. Badger, K. Bailey, A. Cook, L. Freid, M. Lynch, J. Vrabel, M. Facer, A. McGraw

Staff:  K. Springmeier, A. Lesterhuis, M. Woloson, D. Sowards

Absent: T. Albanese, S. Bishoping, M. Burnell, P. Churchill, M. Davis, R. Doeblin, M. Fortune, D. Hellert, M. Kauffman, J. Miller, B. Percy, R. Plympton, C. Andrews

Mr. Mueller called the meeting to order at 8:03 a.m.  Introductions followed.

Shaun Manning, Director of Admissions at Keuka College, welcomed everyone and provided a brief overview of the college.  Also spoke of the Center for Professional Studies – making connections to local businesses and community services to promote Keuka College.

Dr. Jorge Diaz-Henera, President of Keuka College, discussed Keuka’s 10 year strategic plan transformation of the campus and college with the goal of being the best college to work for and the first choice for students.


Economic Issues/Trends/Concerns:

  • Ms. Brennan – Healthcare – noted they are currently working through changes with Obama care; and they have recently received their three year accreditation and have been ranked as one of the top 3 LPN schools in the U.S. – Congratulations!!
  • Mr. Sheppard mentioned the new hotel at del Lago is well underway with 205 rooms and will be opening in July.  1,800 jobs have been filled with approximately 20% being Seneca County residents.
  • Mr. Hamm announced Round 7 CFA funds from the Regional Economic Development Council are now available.  Workshops are being held May 25th at Monroe Community College and June 6th at Hobart William Smith College with more information.

Privilege of the Floor:

  • Ms. Parish announced Generations Bank has been named one of the best places to work in Central New York – Congratulations!!
  • Mr. Manikowski announced at the 13th Annual Victor Business Awards, O’Connell Electric was named the Business of the Year – Congratulations!!
  • Ms. Freid distributed information regarding a training meeting for energy careers at Finger Lakes Community College in Victor.
  • Mr. McGregor – Grapes – some of the wines produced last year are now some of the best in decades!
  • Mr. Facer noted they are planting more apples every day.  Estimating 10 million Cosmic Crisp apple trees over the next 3 years.
  • Mr. Mueller – Dairy – Currently a lot of milk available!

Chairman Update:

Mr. Mueller gave an update from the NAWB (National Association of Workforce Boards) meeting he and Ms. Springmeier attended in March.

Five points on a seminar Mr. Mueller attended:

  1. Board members should be given more meaningful work – think about how we are making the community better and improving the wellbeing – focus 80% of time on community issues.  Think of why people cannot find employees and vice versa.  Also addressing issues such as transportation.

What are we doing as a Board to overcome this?

  1. Challenge the Board to write on the survey 1-3 things to focus on in the next year such as community issues or things that we feel are handicapped for economic wellbeing.
  2. Give Board data – Michael Woloson will be presenting this at the June Board Meeting.
  3. New Board members – have a more seasoned Board member mentor a new Board member.
  4. 10% of funding should come from outside of WIOA.


  • Finance and Audit – Ms. Sowards noted the budget reviews of the WIB and counties continue using the PY’17 allocations are still tentative – waiting to receive final notification, hopefully before June 30th.  Working on meeting 80% goal so there is no danger of having any funds being recaptured.  The Key Highlights summary was reviewed.
  • Governance and Membership – Mr. Manikowski reports the Board is in good shape with the membership representation.
  • Economic Development – Mr. Manikowski reports this committee will be meeting in a couple of weeks.  Topics to be discussed include the transportation barrier – having Regional Transit Service (RTS) attending meeting to address what they can regionally do and what we can do better in our region.
  • Performance and Evaluation – Mr. Rusinko – The committee met in April.  Mr. Rusinko asked to have the meeting minutes sent to everyone as all can benefit from the information.
  • Marketing & Communications – Ms. Culeton – The committee has a meeting scheduled for June 7, 2017.  They will be using the smart goals/actions as a result of the strategic plan to map out their next steps.
  • Youth Council – Ms. Parish – Agricultural Career Day was held in April with over 200 youth attending!  All who attended visited the Viticulture Center and Hope Dairy and finished with lunch at Jordan Hall with various businesses set up to discuss careers in agriculture.


Ms. Springmeier noted the goals in the Strategic Plan are simple and very attainable.  The Mission of the Board has changed slightly to read: The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board convenes a unique table of stakeholders to identify workforce needs, share intelligence and respond with innovative approaches to improve the economic wellbeing of the community and the region.

The goals in the plan were reviewed with updates given on where we are at this time. Also discussed were 12 Habits of Highly Successful WIBs.  Those present were asked to review the additional comments on today’s survey and rate using a scale of 1 to 5.


Martha Facer is the Manager in Training at the Canandaigua Wegman’s.  She briefly reviewed her typical day at Wegmans along with benefits employees receive.  Ms. Facer’s PowerPoint presentation will be emailed to the Board.


  • Approval of March 22, 2017 meeting minutes.
    • Motion to approve the minutes was made by Mr. Facer, seconded by Ms. Morgan. All in favor, motion carried.
  • Resolution #10-16 Amended: Approval to Accept Sole Source Bid for One Stop Operator
    • Ms. Springmeier noted the NYSDOL required the resolution to be amended changing the wording  to reflect Sole Source as there was only 1 bid received from the RFP issues.
    • Motion to approve this resolution made by Mr. Sheppard and seconded by Mr. Manikowski.  All in favor, motion carried.  Mr. Hamm and Ms. Kramer abstained from voting.
  • Resolution #11-16 Approval of Slate of Officers for July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018
    • Motion to approve the resolution was made by Mr. Sheppard and seconded by Mr. Manikowski.  All in favor, motion carried.
  • Resolution #12-16 approval of the Service Delivery Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
    • Motion to approve the resolution was made by Mr. Sheppard and seconded by Mr. Manikowski.  All in favor, motion carried.
  • Resolution #13-16 Approval of the Strategic Plan
    • Motion to approve the resolution was made by Mr. Sheppard and seconded by Mr. Manikowski.  All in favor, motion carried.


Please take a moment to complete today’s meeting evaluation and provide 1-2 ideas how the WIB can help improve the community.

Twelve Habits of Highly Effective WIB Boards – how can we make a bigger difference?


Ms. Springmeier asked those in attendance if there was interest in convening a regional Board meeting.  There was interest expressed and it was suggested to ask Bob Duffy to speak.

Next Board Meeting – Wednesday, June 21, 2017 FLCC Canandaigua Student Center, Room Stage 14

The Meeting was adjourned at 10:00am.

NYS Ag Society presents FLWIB with Award

The NYS Agricultural Society released the following article. Thank you to the Ag Society for the award, which will help fund our Agricultural Career Day for local high school students! 

Workforce Group Wins 2017 Ag Promotion Award by NYS Ag Society
(January 25, 2017) The NYS Agricultural Society celebrated its 185th birthday at its Annual Meeting and Forum on January 5, 2017 in Syracuse, NY. This is the largest and oldest statewide agricultural meeting that brings together all sectors of the food system to explore topics critical to the future of New York agriculture, and to recognize the unique contributions of its stakeholders. “This is the agricultural family reunion of the year,” said Richard Ball, NYS Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets, during his annual “State of the State” of Agriculture address. As part of the Society’s annual awards program, the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board received the 2017 Ag Promotion Award for their efforts to improve the understanding of agriculture in NYS.

Informing youth in the Finger Lakes region about the extensive number of agricultural careers and job opportunities available was the vision of the first annual Ag and Food Career Day conducted in the greater Geneva area on April 25, 2016. Eighteen steering committee members representing the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, local schools, area farmers, vineyard owners, and other agribusiness coordinated the event, which featured hands-on-tours of three sites: Spring Hope Dairy Farm; the NYS Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Finger Lakes Community College Viticulture and Wine Center. Exposure to potential job opportunities went hand-in-hand with showing this critical target audience that AGRICULTURE NEEDS YOUTH for jobs and overall growth. In total, 200 students from 14 districts participated.

Almost $10,000 was secured from outside sources, including the NYS Agricultural Society Foundation. In early January, 26 school districts were contacted to participate to drive attendance. Participating schools transported students to one of three sites. Bussing between sites was provided by event organizers. Sixty volunteers served as site coordinators and tour guides. Seventy exhibitors participated and educational activities provided exposure to agronomy, hops and vineyard information, food safety, cider and pickle production, veterinary practices, heavy equipment operation, milking technology and more. Local media was helpful in multiplying the impact on the local audience.

The Individual Category Winner of the 2017 Ag Promotion Award was Mel Chesbro, agriculture manager of the NYS Fair. Chesbro organizes fair competitions for livestock, wine, vegetables, fruit, honey, maple syrup, flowers, forage and grain. This includes 38,000 total entries. The award is sponsored by Alpha Zeta Fraternity at Cornell University, American Farmland Trust, and the NYS FFA Foundation.

5th Annual Healthcare Career Day on March 22nd!!!

HAFL logo

“Serving Community Healthcare in the Finger Lakes”

Career Exploration Day for 9th and 10th grade students in Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates Counties interested in learning more about current and emerging careers in Human Service and Healthcare fields.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Finger Lakes Community College

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

FLCC Canandaigua Campus 3325 Marvin Sands Drive Canandaigua, NY 14424

If you’re a parent/guardian wondering if your school has signed up, you can contact our office at 315-789-3131 or contact your school!

For more information and to sign up as a school, exhibitor, presenter or sponsor visit:


Congrats Grads!

Congratulations to the FLCC Mechatronic Technology graduates.    Your hard work and dedication paid off.  Best of luck in your new jobs!

Mechatronics Graduates pictured above.

Mechatronics Graduates pictured above.

Finger Lakes Local Plan PY’13

Opportunity for public comment: Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board Area Local Plan for July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

In accordance with 20 CFR Part 661.220 of the Workforce Investment Act, the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board is providing the opportunity for public comment on and input into the local plan for the period July 1, 2013 to June 30,  2014 prior to its submission to the New York State Department of Labor.

To see the draft plan, please click here.

Public comments will be accepted through June 13, 2013.

Comments are to be submitted online to:

or to:

Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc.

41 Lewis Street, Suite 104

Geneva, NY 14456