GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB) announced today that February “Business of the Month” is Yates County History Center  recognizing the Agency’s efforts to build strong community partnerships along with their continuing contributions to the local economy.

The Yates History Center is one of the premier museums in the Finger Lakes. It is three museums in one – the Oliver House Museum, the L. Caroline Underwood Museum, and the Scherer Carriage House all adjacent to one another on Main Street and Chapel Street near downtown Penn Yan. There are extensive resources for genealogical and local history researchers and several displays and exhibits.

The Yates History Center has a long history of partnering with Finger Lakes Works Yates County by volunteering to be a learning rich work placement site for the youth program on an ongoing basis. Over the years approximately 50 youth have been placed there as a part of Finger Lakes Works Youth program including the program’s current, Youth Specialist & Career Counselor Loree Martin. In addition to providing effective mentoring around workforce preparation skills, they also encourage positive social and civic behaviors in the youth who join their team.  As a history/museum assistant, the youth are provided opportunities to learn many aspects of the organization; the physical operations including exhibit maintenance and artifact management.

“The Yates History Center’s commitment to mentoring youth in the workplace exemplifies the kind of dedicated partnership that communities need to help prepare and grow tomorrow’s workforce successfully.” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director of the Finger Lakes WIB.

January Business of the Month is…


GENEVA, New York – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB), Inc. announced today that Micro-Tech Machine, Inc. is January’s “Business of the Month”, recognizing the business’s contributions to the community and to the local economy.

Located in Newark, NY Micro-Tech Machine, Inc. is a leader in the manufacturing of Aerospace components. Since 1983 they have provided precision machined components for both commercial and military aircraft. In addition, they have served the appliance, automotive, medical & photographic industries.

Michael Woloson of the FLWIB, presents the award to Lance Webb, President of Micro-Tech.

To assist Micro-Tech Machine in developing their workforce they have partnered with the Business Services Team at Finger Lakes Works. Finger Lakes Works staff have helped Micro-Tech find workers through the posting and matching services available through the New York State Job Bank.  The company has also participated in recruiting events like the “I Love the Finger Lakes” job fair held each spring. Additionally, to help with training, Micro-Tech has used the On the Job Training (OJT) program customized to meet both the requirements of the employer and the training needs of the employee.  The OJT reimburses the employer for extraordinary training while providing the employee with the skills needed to accomplish the job.

”Working with small business is at the core of what we do” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, Finger Lakes WIB Inc. “We look forward to continuing our work with Micro-Tech Machine, Inc. as they continue to grow and contribute to our local economy.”

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.

Informational Webinars on the NYS Minimum Wage Increases

New York State’s minimum wage increased on December 31, 2016. This is the first step in the statewide $15 minimum wage plan enacted as part of the 2016-17 State Budget. As part of a state-wide educational campaign to help businesses identify pay rates for their employees (including tipped employees), and to help protect employees, the Department of Labor will be hosting a live webinar every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 AM beginning Tuesday January, 24. 2017. For a schedule of webinars click on .