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Meeting of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board

The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (FLWIB) will meet on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. via a Zoom Videoconference.  This meeting is open to the public, and individuals interested in attending should email for more information.

Meeting minutes will be posted online at for the public to review electronically.  Questions and comments may be directed to the above address.

For more information please call, 315-789-3131 ext 101.

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Finger Lakes Features: FLWIB Chair, Rick Plympton

Mr. Plympton is the CEO of Optimax, a precision optics manufacturer in Ontario, NY.  He has provided leadership and vision over the past 25 years needed to grow Optimax from a small start-up to America’s largest precision optics manufacturer.

He is actively involved in supporting regional workforce development and the optics industry. He currently participates as:

Chair, Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board
Chair, FAME Student Scholarship Committee
Board member, Canandaigua National Bank
Coach, University of Rochester New Ventures Graduate Studies
Treasurer, Optics and Electro-Optics Standards Committee
Member, OSA Industry Development Associates Council

Other recent accolades and participation include:

2019/19 Aspen Institute Fellowship for Job Quality
2013-2019 Finger Lakes Community College Foundation Board
2018 inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame
2012 SBA New York State Business Person of the Year Award

Mr. Plympton holds degrees in business administration, computer science, and engineering science from Finger Lakes Community College. He furthered his education at the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Science degree in Optics ’87 and an MBA ‘99.

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Finger Lakes Features: FLWIB Member, Debbie Culeton

We would like to thank long time FLWIB member Debbie Culeton for her dedicated service to the Board and the Finger Lakes region. Debbie joined the Board on July 1, 2001 and has served on the Youth Committee, Executive Committee and as the Chair of the Marketing Committee for many years.

For the past 25 years, Debbie has worked with her husband, Don and their wonderful team to grow IDI Billing Solutions. She has enjoyed her participation in many community organizations and Board, and in Debbie’s own words, especially the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board!

Debbie has been a very dedicated board member and will be missed by all!

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Finger Lakes Features: “Workforce Webcast” YouTube Series

The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board has been partnering with Finger Lakes Community College and Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES to bring virtual webinars to all interested job seekers.

These live, virtual webinars are being recorded and added to our YouTube series, “Workforce Webcast”!

Episode 1
Resumes 101

Episode 2
Job Search 101

Episode 3
Interviewing 101

and coming January 14th

Episode 4
LinkedIn 101

You can register for the live “LinkedIn 101” by visiting and you can watch all the episodes of “Workforce Webcast” by checking out our YouTube channel!  Make sure to comment on the videos and let us know what you think!

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