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Investments From the Past Five Years:
$177 Million in new projects
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Finger Lakes Technologies Group, Inc.
Seneca County-based activities and developments: Finger Lakes Technologies Group, Inc., the Greater Rochester area’s third-largest telecommunications provider, is one of a group of Western New York companies certified to provide the convergence of voice, data, video and Internet technologies. Its 100-year history in telecommunications provides rich experience in voice over Internet Protocol telephony.A Cisco premier certified partner, FLTG is a subsidiary of Ontario and Trumansburg Telephone Companies, and also has offices in Buffalo, Phelps and Trumansburg. The result of a 20-year lease agreement between FLTG and the Seneca County Economic Development Corp., Finger Lakes Technologies Group Park is located in the former Seneca Army Depot’s conservation area. The former Army base is now a network monitoring station for companies worldwide, and serves as a data backup storage site.The facility features triple-fencing, making it more secure than many other co-location and disaster recovery sites. The entire base is connected to FLTG’s state-of-the-art fiber optic network, which runs from Rochester to Ithaca and to all other major cities in the state through interconnection with the Independent Optical Network (ION). The company, along with its sister corporation, Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone, received a $250,000 grant from the state to transform the former Army base.Future plans for the site include the conversion of 64, nearly 2,000-square-foot bunkers. These bunkers will provide impenetrable storage areas because they are weather-proof and because they feature four-feet-thick walls, 13-foot-high ceilings, steel cages and iron doors. The site will be available to area companies for equipment storage and for secure storage of such materials as papers, records, tapes and cabinets. With the addition of FLTG, more than 1,200 new jobs have been created at the Seneca Army Depot, including Five Points, Hillside Children’s Center and The Advantage Group.In 2008, a series of contracts by Finger Lakes Technologies Group, Inc. expanded and enhanced Internet and telecommunications services for several area school districts. FLTG is providing voice services to Southern Cayuga Central Schools, the Marcellus Central School District and the DeRuyter Central School District and a Cisco phone system to Southern Cayuga. Ithaca College and Cornell University have also selected Finger Lakes Technologies Group, Inc. for Internet bandwidth services. These latest agreements demonstrate how FLTG is rapidly becoming area school districts’ preferred provider to meet their growing telecommunications needs.Why Seneca County? Existing firms and businesses located at the former Seneca Army Depot site have an annual payroll of nearly $60 million. In addition, more than $7.5 million reaches local businesses annually. The Depot site was a perfect match for FLTG, which has brought in a number of high-paying jobs to the region and is a significant addition to the region’s high-tech economy. FLTG was a critical project to support job development in the area and make strategic investments for the continued development and resurgence of the former Seneca Army Depot.Along with the excellent telecommunications service provided to the residents of Seneca County, FLTG gives a tremendous boost to the region’s economy and offers area companies a centrally located, off-site facility for data backup and recovery. It is truly an investment in the entire community.