Hurlbutt provides new vision for GRE

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC-TV) - The new President & CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise discussed his vision for economic development in the region Wednesday during our GRE Why ROC conversation on News 8 at Sunrise.

Matt Hurlbutt had served as the interim leader before his recent appointment as President & CEO. He first addressed what drew him to the opportunity to lead Greater Rochester Enterprise. "I really like the work we do," Hurlbutt said. "It's an important job, and it's a matter of connecting and leveraging all of the great things and the reasons why we live and work here - smart people, smart businesses. GRE is supported by some outstanding community leaders from the governmental side as well as the private sector, and it's great to harness that passion and bring more companies here."

Leveraging Rochester's assets will continue to be a focal point for GRE under Hurlbutt's leadership. "I think we're going to leverage some things that we've been engaged in, some of the things that we've been talking about such as the Amazon headquarters proposal, the Moody's Analytics ranking," he said. "We've got great technology, great talent here in this region and we're going to collaborate a little more. I think you'll see more from GRE, and especially connecting to some of the folks that support us - our development community, governmental leadership, private sector leaders and we're going to be more aggressive in attracting more companies here."

Hurlbutt believes the economic outlook for the Rochester region is bright. "I think when you look to the technology innovation that's driving the economy right now, we're in a great position because we've got a low cost opportunity to draw businesses here with outstanding talent, as well as great connectivity and proximity to Canadian markets, U.S. markets. We've got water and we've got a very stable weather environment in the sense that we're not looking at major catastrophic storms and things impacting this region and that's significant."

To learn more about Hurlbutt and Greater Rochester Enterprise, click here.

 


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