Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo has announced the appointment of Jeffrey Adair as director of the county’s planning and development department, and the chief economic development officer of Monroe County.
Adair will also serve as executive director of the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency (COMIDA), Dinolfo said.
“With over three decades of private sector business experience, Jeff Adair is no stranger to the challenges facing businesses in our community,” she stated. “The combination of Jeff’s private and public sector experience endows him with an invaluable understanding of the complex set of challenges businesses face. Jeff has the demonstrated ability to help guide businesses as they seek to locate and expand in Monroe County, and provide meaningful employment opportunities for our families right here in our county. This combination gives Monroe County a powerful advantage, as Jeff spearheads the county’s job creation efforts, and showcases Monroe County as the location for businesses to operate.”
According to the county, Adair began his business career as a truck driver for a regional bakery 30 years ago, then through a series of mergers and acquisitions grew the business to become part of the country’s largest bakery product manufacturer, Bimbo Bakeries USA (pronounced: beam-beau), a division of Groupo Bimbo, which is a baked goods corporation with over $14 billion in annual sales.
He ultimately became responsible for sales and distribution throughout the northeastern U.S.
Adair had also previously served as president of the Monroe County Legislature, representing residents of the 12th Legislative District, including Wheatland, Riga, and portions of the towns of Chili and Henrietta, as well as chair of the Genesee Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council.
“I am thrilled to join county executive Dinolfo in developing a targeted plan to create, and retain jobs here in Monroe County,” he stated. “Together, with the county executive, the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, COMIDA, and the local business community, we are redoubling the county’s efforts to improve our local economy.”
Monroe County’s Department of Planning and Development consists of several divisions including economic development, community development, and planning, and also houses the Rochester Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).
The department is also affiliated with the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency, and staffs the Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation.