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Technology Farm hires new executive director

Rochester Business Journal
June 5, 2014

John Johnson has been named executive director for the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park in Geneva, succeeding Susan Noble, who is retiring.

Johnson has more than 35 years of experience as a senior-level executive and a family history with agriculture. He most recently retired as a producer for New York City-based Park Avenue Securities LLC, but also has served as chief finanical officer and CEO for investment and capital firms.

Johnson began his duties Thursday

“John demonstrated a clear understanding of the board’s objectives relative to entrepreneurial support, development of our available acreage and connecting our tenants with critical capital to support and expand their ventures,” said Geneva City Manager Matt Horn, who serves as chairman of  the park’s board of directors, in a statement. “His work ethic, financial expertise and genuine demeanor will be incredible assets as we work toward full build-out at the park.”

The park, also known as the Technology Farm, was developed in 2005 as a partnership among Cornell University, Ontario County and the city of Geneva. It is on more than 70 acres and designed to attract research, development, service and manufacturing opportunities supporting agriculture and food technology.

Most recently, the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority became a key partner in the park’s development, supporting park activities and infrastructure development.

Noble had served as executive director since 2010.
 
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