Johns Hails Rochester’s Private Sector Growth As Sign That Region Is On Right Track For Recovery And Possible Expansion

Assemblyman says New York needs to become more business-friendly for rapid economic expansion
June 14, 2012

Since April of 2011, the Rochester region has experienced positive job growth, adding 7,100 private sector jobs over the course of the year. Assemblyman Mark Johns (R,C-Webster), thrilled at the news, said this shows that Rochester is on its way to recovery and, with the right business climate in New York, on its way to expansion as well. Rochester outranked Buffalo, Syracuse and Albany combined in private sector job growth.

“Rochester’s private sector job growth is outpacing major cities across Upstate New York, and I am proud of what our region has accomplished,” said Johns. “I know that with the combined know-how of our private sector job creators, economic development advocates, and a better business climate our area is on its way to great things. I am thrilled to see that our hard work over the last two years has begun to pay off.”

Johns, during his first term, voted in favor of pumping over $68 million into Monroe County economic development initiatives that boosted job growth and put people back to work repairing crumbling roads and bridges. Some of the more significant projects include $134,000 to improve and repair the canal waterfront in the Village of Fairport, $5 million to the University of Rochester Health Center, and a $700,000 grant awarded to Qualitrol Company, LLC to expand and create more local jobs.

In the Rochester region, the largest areas to see private sector job growth were manufacturing, construction, retail, finance and business services, and leisure and hospitality. Johns’ record shows continued support of these sectors.

The assemblyman said the next step toward securing economic expansion is to cut New York’s numerous rules, regulations and layers of red tape that cost small businesses and manufacturers thousands of dollars. Johns has spoken out against senseless and costly mandates on businesses, like the Wage Theft Prevention Act and other meddlesome rules that amount to 49,000 pages of regulations.

Johns believes that through bipartisan efforts, like those that have been demonstrated over his first term, a more favorable business climate can be achieved to get even more Rochester area residents back to work.