Rochester Vision 2025

Vision 2025 Final Report and Action Plan

Vision 2025 is a community visioning process, a consensus – led way to design a desirable, common future. It is driven from the ground up, not top down.

Employers, governments, and community organizations are paying attention and asking what is important to young Rochesterians. At RocCity Coalition, we hear a lot about attraction (how do we bring more young people to Greater Rochester?) and retention (how do we stem the brain drain?). But what does true empowerment look like? How does it tie in? What does it mean for the community? The Vision 2025 Committee reviewed the data and defined six subject areas Inclusion/Demographics, Housing, Employment, Education, Lifestyle & Mobility, and Community Connections

This report articulates the Vision, Goals, and Objectives put forth by the Vision 2025 Committee, based upon input from all young Rochesterians. The project used a variety of data gathering techniques, but also critical analysis from subject matter experts and passionate individuals to identify the key issues, and lay out a strategy to address them. This report also presents the initial Action Plan to meet the stated goals and objectives.

Download Final Vision 2025 Report [PDF]

Vision 2025 FAQs

Vision 2025 is a planning project that will map out a future for Rochester’s young professional community through a consensus-led process. The aim is to develop a vision and a plan based on what is important for young professionals on an individual and a community-wide level.

RocCity Coalition celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014, and now is the right time to look to the future and embrace a new way of connecting the young professional demographic to the surrounding community. In addition to our own evolution, there are also generational leadership changes at many of the key institutions in Rochester on which we should capitalize.

Vision 2025’s process involves researching the current state of the young professional community, setting a vision for its future, and developing an action plan RocCity Coalition can follow.

We will hold focus groups in early 2016 to explore key issues in more detail and suggest solutions.

For Vision 2025 to accurately reflect our community, we need to paint the broadest picture about the young professional demographic, its needs and aspirations. We need as much information and as many opinions as possible!

Check back here often, and keep an eye out for announcements on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

You can also find out more by e-mailing

Your Future, Your Vision 2025!

See pictures from our Launch Event at TRATA (special thanks to Katie Finnerty Photography)

Thanks to our generous Vision 2025 sponsors: