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Initiatives to tackle poverty earn kudos

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Rep. Barbara Lee of California joined Rep. Louise Slaughter in a meeting with local business and non-profit leaders. (Photo courtesy of Office of Rep. Louise Slaughter) Rep. Barbara Lee has been at the table for countless efforts to address poverty ...

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Rochester Top 100: IT firm sees growth, new facility on horizon

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Capping off a strong year of growth, the leaders of Capstone Information Technologies Inc. predict the firm will reach twice its current size in five years. The computer support services firm, which is located on South Plymouth Avenue, estimates 25 ...

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M&T survey finds businesses’ optimism rising

Amid uncertainty of where the Federal Reserve may take interest rates and slow job growth, optimism among Rochester area businesses is on the rise. An economic outlook survey from M&T Bank Corp. found that optimism in Rochester is higher than ...

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Enrollment at area colleges, universities

Both RIT and Nazareth report record enrollment this year.                 2015-16 Institution    Fall 2015    Fall 2014    %change    Freshmen    Base Tuition Rochester Institute of Technology    18,606    18,063    3%    2,906    $36,596 University of Rochester    11,000    11,060    (.5%)    1,300    $47,450 ...

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Retiring CEO plans scholarship fund

Steve Chartrand has worked closely with the Arc of Monroe County, NYSARC Inc. for nearly 20 years. As the CEO for the organization’s foundation prepares to retire, he aims to have an impact for decades longer. Chartrand leads the Arc ...

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Visit Rochester hires sales exec

Deidre Wetelainen has been appointed the vice president of sales at Visit Rochester. It is a new position at the organization and established to foster more meetings and convention business to the Greater Rochester area. Visit Rochester bookings in that ...

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Rochester Top 100: Safety plays vital role in company’s culture

Manning Squires Hennig Co. Inc. began in 1958 as a masonry contractor formed by Richard Manning and Duane Squires. Richard Hennig joined the team in the early ’60s, and by the mid-’70s it had grown, offering a wide range of ...

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Six15 enters alliance for wearable displays

A local electronics manufacturer has partnered with ADS Inc.—a U.S. Department of Defense contractor—to provide wearable displays that will show video feeds from drones on the battlefield. Six15 Technologies—previously called Vuzix TDG—has received orders valued at $1.1 million for its ...

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Oak Hill selected for PGA Championship in 2023

Oak Hill Country Club will serve as the host for the 105th PGA Championship in 2023, marking the 14th time a New York venue has been the site of the tournament, the PGA of America announced this week. The tournament ...

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Tech firm gets a boost with SBIR grant

LighTopTech Corp. has been awarded a $750,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Science Foundation to further study a breakthrough technology that came out of the University of Rochester. The two women who founded the Henrietta company, Jannick ...

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Work begins on HTR’s business accelerator

Work has begun on High Tech Rochester Inc.’s Finger Lakes Business Accelerator Cooperative. The facility, located on the sixth floor of the former Sibley Building on East Main Street, is anticipated to drive growth in entrepreneurship. “This is an important ...

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$43.7M in contracts awarded for phase II of downtown MCC

Seven contractors have been selected for phase II of the new downtown campus of Monroe Community College, officials said Wednesday. The contracts total some $43.7 million. These companies were approved contracts by Monroe County Legislature to renovate several existing buildings ...

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Company expands as workshops add interest

Level Five Associates LLC is looking to fill what its founders call the “leadership crisis” facing the United States, and the Brighton-based consulting firm is starting to make an impact, at least locally. Since starting a series of workshops last ...

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Cidery takes root at century-old apple farm

For more than a century Lagoner Farms Inc. has grown apples. In the past three years it has tripled the number of varieties to embark on a new venture: cider production. Embark Craft Ciderworks opened June 2, but the concept ...

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Longtime labor leader retiring from posts

After 40 years on the local labor scene, James Bertolone is planning his exit strategy. The 64-year-old Bertolone is retiring from his position as president of the Rochester & Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation, and is preparing to leave his ...

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