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Meeting of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board

The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (FLWIB) will meet on Wednesday, March 17, 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 – Rick Plympton Named Top 100

Rochester Business Journal named 100 Rochester community leaders to their inaugural Power 100 list including Rick Plympton, Optimax Systems CEO and FLWIB Chairperson. Rick’s efforts include building collaborative workforce relationships and efforts that ensure gainful and equal employment opportunities in the Finger Lakes region. Join us in congratulating Mr. Plympton for this recognition! Learn more about recipients who have and continue to assist our communities from rescue to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic here: RBJ article.

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Finger Lakes Features: Wayne County Has the Edge!

Wayne County Economic Development has partnered with Edge Factor to bring advanced manufacturing and other local hands-on careers to life! Check out to see how many local employers you recognize!

More about Edge Factor: Edge Factor empowers communities to tackle workforce development, inspire students, reach parents, and build relationships between local companies, schools, and families. We equip K-12 and postsecondary schools, businesses, workforce development organizations, and families with e-learning tools to showcase industries and careers, teach soft skills, show how STEAM comes alive in the real world, and highlight local training and career opportunities.

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Finger Lakes Features: Creating Your Future with Optimax – a Virtual Tour

From Optimax – As we look forward to the light at the end of this coronavirus tunnel, Optimax still believes in the power of career exploration and connecting students and job seekers to careers that they love, that are filled with opportunity, and that will help them build a life of success and fulfillment. To continue to address the needs and interests of the students and job seekers, we’ve developed this virtual tour flipbook. The tour takes you on a 15 minute journey through Optimax, bringing you right to the heart of where our precision optics are created. Later in the flipbook, you can access mini Career Path videos – stories about how nine within our Optimax family created their path to Optimax, starting in high school, and offering career advice that they wish they’d had in high school. The flipbook also contains links to an extensive Optimax video library on our YouTube page and provides contact information for students and job seekers to access each type of career exploration opportunity, from tours and job shadows to internships and youth apprenticeships.

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Finger Lakes Features: FLWIB Treasurer, Bob Doeblin

Mr. Doeblin serves as Director of Housing Operations for Geneva Housing Authority, where he has worked for 23 years. He has been on the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board since its inception in 2000 and acted as Chair of the Youth Council.  Mr. Doeblin chairs the Finance and Audit Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee.  

In additional to his service to the FLWIB, Mr. Doeblin sits on the Ontario ARC Governing Board and Foundation Board.  He lives in Geneva with wife Kelly and three sons, Dylan, Devin and Dugan.

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Change in Leadership at FLWIB, Inc.

January 26, 2021
Contact: Karen Springmeier
              Lynn Freid
Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board
315-789-3131 ext.102

Change in Leadership at the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc.

Rick Plympton, Chairman of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board has announced a change in the leadership of the board and the agency.  Karen Springmeier, the long time and first Executive Director will be retiring effective Feb 1st and Lynn Freid will be the new Executive Director.

“Karen has been involved in the workforce development field for over 41 years.  She has been instrumental in establishing regional collaboration and partnerships and received the NYATEP Statewide Leadership in 2019.  Karen will be greatly missed by her colleagues locally and statewide,” Plympton noted.

“When I started in the field as a naïve Workforce Board Director, Karen was quick to come to my rescue, always being generous with her knowledge and ready to help when I needed it,” states Melinda Mack, Executive Director of NYATEP. “As my Board Chair, her grace, compassion, creativity, and willingness to roll up her sleeves allowed us to take the steps needed to make NYATEP what it is today.”

Plympton stated “We are very pleased to have Lynn join us as the new Executive Director.  Lynn brings over 17 years in the workforce development field working at FLCC, the Workforce Development Institute, and serving on the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board for 4 years. Lynn received the FAME STAR award in 2018 and has delivered workforce testimony to both state and national legislature.  Karen and Lynn have worked together for many years and the transition is going very smoothly.”

“Lynn is a great partner to work with. We have collaborated on many initiatives for businesses and targeted job seeking populations and Lynn always provides excellent service, follow through, coordination and solutions. Lynn’s professionalism and ability to get the job done are two of her greatest strengths.  I worked with Karen for many years and I am confident Lynn will do an excellent job in her new position.” stated Michael Manikowski, Vice Chair of the Board and Director of the Ontario County Office of Economic Development.

Springmeier added “It has been a wonderful career and I have worked with the greatest colleagues in the state and was very fortunate to have the staff and great board members throughout my tenure as Executive Director.

I will never forget the wonderful achievements we have made together to serve the jobseekers and businesses in the Finger Lakes.  Together we have made a difference and with the economic and workforce recovery on its way, Lynn be a great leader with a great team and board to work with.”

Freid shares “I look forward to continuing Karen’s legacy of innovative workforce and economic work; moving the needle towards effective long-term solutions in our communities and beyond. I am grateful and excited to continue this work with excellent partners, board and staff.”

Karen Springmeier
Lynn Freid

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