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Daily Archives: April 11, 2008

Deal gives Baltimore firm a footprint in region

A Baltimore-based private company made the second-largest local commercial real estate deal of 2007. For $48.7 million last July, Phillips Edison & Co. made its foray into the Rochester market by buying 444,500 square feet of retail space from Developers ...

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Portfolio: TRANSCAT

A weekly report compiled from the proxy statement and annual report of a publicly held company with local headquarters or a company with a major division in the area Based in Rochester, Transcat Inc. is a global distributor of professional-grade ...

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Marking progress

A year ago, Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy used the word “results” 46 times in his State of the City address. On Monday, he used it only three times. But that does not mean Rochester’s mayor is any less focused on ...

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Snap Poll: Nearly half say state of city is better than a year ago

Economic development seen as top priority for Duffy Forty-six percent of RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll respondents say that compared with a year ago, the overall state of the city of Rochester is better. Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy Monday evening ...

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Firm’s hovercraft proposal scrutinized

Officials on both sides of Lake Ontario say issues such as the operator’s financial stability and port compatibility must be resolved before they agree to a proposal for hovercraft service between Rochester and Toronto. Hover Transit Services-based in Bolton, Ontario, ...

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Plans eye facility fit for a king

Carlton DeWolff and his wife got the royal treatment last week-literally, at a lavish ceremony near Amman, Jordan, to honor the late King Hussein. DeWolff’s firm has designed an 800,000-square-foot hospital for a mountaintop roughly 15 miles southwest of Amman ...

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Klein tops tally of pay for insurers

Top local executives of MVP Health Care Preferred Care saw their pay drop substantially in 2007. The drop, however, did not represent a pay cut but a reflection of extra rewards they received in 2006, the company said. In 2007, ...

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A tangled case

After jousting with Constellation Brands Inc. for some eight years over an allegation that Constellation’s Arbor Mist wine cooler’s name infringes on their tiny regional winery’s Arbor Hill label, John and Katherine Brahm last month won a judge’s OK to ...

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Onetime banker is point person for development

Judith Seil’s job description is simple in its complexity. “I try to take alphabet soup and make it understandable to the business community,” she says. Seil, 49, is director of Monroe County’s Department of Planning and Development. She manages a ...

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Close up: Judith Seil

Title: Director, Monroe County Department of Planning and Development Age: 49 Home: Brighton Education: B.S. in management science, Nazareth College of Rochester, 1981 Family: Husband, Joseph; sons, Tim, 19, and Andy, 16 Hobbies: Working out, golf, baseball Quote: “When I ...

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Fast Start: Estonian native lends touch of chocolate

Ingrid Echter admits she decided to call her massage therapy practice Chocolat Sensations Co. partly because she knew the name would be an attention-grabber. A licensed massage therapist, Echter, 28, does prominently feature chocolate massages-treatments which involve having warm melted ...

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Abundance of water likely to play vital role in growth

Water has become a common topic in economic development circles, as officials woo prospective businesses. But actively marketing water as a resource has yet to gain steam locally. Monroe County Water Authority board member Joseph Rulison considers the water supply ...

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Meticulous planning lies at core of new development

Just as the city of Rochester and Monroe County are focused on economic development opportunities, so are towns and villages. And the volume of activity at this micro level is high, town and village administrators say. “There’s definitely a science ...

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Reaching customers in multiple ways generates results

As marketers, we are often challenged by assignments where we have to re-brand a commodity product or breathe new life into a service everyone simply takes for granted. Also as marketers, we know it doesn’t matter what we think. What ...

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Water supply

The Monroe County Water Authority draws most of its water from Lake Ontario, through a 1.5- mile intake pipe and into the Shoremont Water Treatment Plant on Dewey Avenue. The plant produces roughly 60 million gallons of drinking water daily. ...

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