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Finger Lakes Features – FLWIB Vice-Chair Public Sector, Michael Manikowski

Mr. Manikowski is the Executive Director of the Ontario County Office of Economic Development and also serves as the Executive Director of the Ontario County Industrial Development Agency and the Ontario County Economic Development Corporation. He is also a founder and member of the Board of Directors of Axcess Ontario, the public-benefit corporation that oversees the management of Ontario County’s 200-plus-mile fiber optic ring.  Additionally, Mr. Manikowski serves the FLWIB as Vice-Chair Public Sector, Economic Development Committee Chair and Governance and Membership Chair.

Mr. Manikowski has more than 45 years of experience in economic development.  For over 30 years, he has been the guiding force behind the technology-led economic development strategic plan for Ontario County and earned the Robert T. Dormer Economic Developer of the Year Award from the New York State Economic Development Council in recognition of his ongoing leadership and commitment to tech-led economic development.

He is also a member of the following organizations:

  • NYSEDC Board of Directors
  • Excell Partners Board of Directors
  • Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park Board of Directors
  • Director for the Foreign Trade Zone 289 (FTZ 289) for Ontario, Yates, Seneca, and Wayne Counties.

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