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2nd Annual Defense Forum & Expo

October 3 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Monroe County Finger Lakes (MCFL) Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and partners invite you to attend the 2nd Annual Congressman Morelle Defense Forum & Expo, Monday, October 3, 2022 – Live in Rochester, NY.


The purpose of the event is to support the supply chain, and increase the number of diverse small business participation.




What you should know about the Forum & Expo:

    • October 3, 2022  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Rochester, NY – Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport, International Arrivals Hall
    • No fee to attend
    • See Draft Agenda Below

Draft Agenda:

    • 9 a.m. Welcome Remarks – Congressman Joseph D. Morelle (NY-25)
      • Joe Morelle currently serves as a member of the House Committee on Rules, the House Committee on Budget, the House Committee on Armed Services, and the House Committee on Education and Labor.
        • Numerous Caucuses, including: Optics and Photonics Caucus (Co-founder), Buy American Caucus, Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus, House Manufacturing Caucus, Biomedical Research Caucus, among others
      • Monroe County Executive Adam J. Bello
        • Rochester is the county seat for Monroe County, NY
        • Upon taking office as County Executive in 2020, Adam Bello and his new administration immediately faced the COVID pandemic and its many challenges that are still being dealt with today. Now, Bello is leading Monroe County past the pandemic and into recovery – focusing on public safety, public health, economic development and infrastructure.
      • Special Guest Speaker –  Tentative: Mr. Farooq A. Mitha, Director of the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP).
        • As Director, Mr. Mitha oversees more than $140 billion of annual awards to small business. In addition, he assists the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretaries of Military Departments, Under Secretaries of Defense, Directors of Defense Agencies and Major Commands in including small business planning into the readiness of the Department.
    • 10 a.m. Best Practices Panel Discussions
      • Monroe County Finger Lakes PTAC Introduction
      • Agency Small Business Offices
        • Air Force Research Labs – Rome, NY
        • Department of the Army – Fort Drum – MICC
        • Department of the Navy – Mr. Jimmy D. Smith, Director, Office of Small Business Programs
      • Prime SBLOs
        • L3Harris Space and Airborne Systems
        • Others TBD
    • Forum
      • Buyer/Seller meet and greets at tables

About Monroe County and the City of Rochester: Ever since George Eastman commercialized film, Monroe County has been a world leader in imaging technology. Today, we’re not only on the cutting edge of imaging, but biotechnology, telecommunications, optics, photonics – a Department of Defense Manufacturing Innovation Institute, and much more. In fact, we rank among the top communities in the nation in the number of patents granted per capita. Monroe County and the City of Rochester – located on the south shore of Lake Ontario, are home to the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology, two of the finest research institutions in the nation, along with Monroe Community College Finger Lakes Workforce Development Center, are training the workforce of tomorrow. Our goal as a community is to turn these discoveries into new industries—creating jobs and enhancing our quality of life.


Questions? Contact the PTAC


October 3
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Anna Vulaj Fitzsimmons, MCFL PTAC Program Director


Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport
1200 Brooks Ave
Rochester, NY 14624 United States
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