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Who We Are

Formed in 1987, our journey working with municipalities began by creating hand drawn "personality maps" for small to medium-sized cities across the country. These handsomely illustrated posters put CGI on the map of every municipality that participated. In the following years, the company steadily evolved a program of street banners which publicly adorned the lamp posts in the towns they served. Maintaining strong relationships with the National League of Cities and the US Conference of Mayors, CGI Communications, Inc. eventually advanced to its current product line of eLocalLink Online Video Tours for its municipal partners, and the businesses who support these programs.

  • Built on solid community relationships
  • Backed by the most reputable entities in small-town government
  • Community featured online video content
  • Great culture with room for upward movement


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1987

CGI is founded by Three Guys from Connecticut

On the eve of Thanksgiving in 1987, Bob Bartosiewicz, Hank Vinick and Frank Buono made the move from Connecticut to Rochester, NY. The three founders to this day, continue to be a big part of CGI.

CGI is a company built on solid community relationships and a foothold of technological advances. Those who choose CGI understand the importance that exposure, marketing, and advertising have on people and the role technology can play in distributing their message. Our journey working with municipalities began by creating hand drawn "personality maps" for small to medium-sized cities across the country. These handsomely illustrated posters put CGI on the map of every municipality that participated.

1997

Banner Division Introduced

Near the end of 1996, CGI traveled to the US Conference of Mayors and signed up the city of Wilkes Barre, PA as the first banner client. The banners served to enhance ordinary street poles with beautiful artwork.

2001

Image Books Debut

Building on the relationships formed from the illustrated map and banner programs, CGI published multi-chapter image books highlighting a community's features, services and ammenities. The image book was the precursor to CGI's current product, the video tour.

2004

eLocalLink becomes leading video provider

eLocalLink is the cornerstone division of CGI Communications, Inc. The division produces tens of thousands of cost-free videos for municipalities across the country and supports those programs through local business sponsorships.

2004

CGI moves to Downtown Rochester

After being housed in smaller offices in the Rochester Area, CGI Communications owner Bob decided to move the company into the Granite Building on East Main St. in Downtown Rochester. With only 35 employees, CGI moved onto the 8th floor of the building, spreading to other floors as the company grew.

2005

CGI Partners with USCM

With the success of eLocalLink, CGI formed a partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

2006

CGI Opens Chicago Office

In addition to the world headquarters in Rochester, NY, CGI opened an outside office in Chicago, IL.

2008

CGI Partners with NLC

With the continued success of eLocalLink, CGI formed a partnership with the National League of Cities.

2010

Community Video Network Created

Relocate.org maintains a library of more than 10,000 videos showcasing communities across the United States and Canada. The site houses the largest library of informational community videos in the United States. With a network of videos that includes Quality of Life overviews, messages from Mayors and municipal leaders, and education and health care reviews, Relocate.org's scope is unparalleled.

2010

NEXT! Ad Agency Founded

A premier marketing and advertising advocate for Main Street businesses. Through personalized service and a client-focused strategy, NEXT! does the hard work so their clients won't have to.

2013

St. Louis Office Opened

Adding to the CGI presence in Rochester and Chicago, a St. Louis office is opened.

2014

CGI Gains Aerial Video Technology

Completely changing the face of CGI's video technology, aerial video and in-house operated drones are now part of CGI's repetoire. This technology adds a new layer of innovation to CGI's already creative video force. Aerial is the perfect way to show of towns, cities, counties or businesses.

2015

CGI Communications Rebrand

For 28 years, the CGI brand has maintained without much evolution. But, with the company on the verge of so many new things, what better time to update the identity of the company. In it's many years, CGI has been constantly changing and now it's logo will reflect that. A bold, modern and timeless use of black and white with a pop of bright blue really shows off how the company has evolved.

2015

Two New Buildings Purchased

CGI purchased the long-vacant Gateway and Atrium buildings on Main Street in Rochester, NY. These buildings are adjacent to the Granite building, that CGI is currently occupying. Renovations will begin in February and CGI employees will move into the Gateway Building within 18 months. The entire project is projected to be complete by 2019.

2015

Indianapolis Office Opened

CGI opens it's fourth office, thought to potentially rival the size of the ever-growing Chicago office.

2017

The Past Meets the Future

CEO Bob Bartosiewicz dons the 10 year anniversary jacket from Community Graphics Inc, CGI's predecessor, as he boards the new company plane. It's been quite a ride so far, let's keep it going!