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NIIT acquires Eagle Productivity Solutions (access required)

Beautiful old hands

Atlanta-based talent development company NIIT Limited has acquired Rochester’s Eagle Productivity Solutions. Founded in 1988 and based on Brighton Henrietta Town Line Road, Eagle provides training for cloud-based applications in medical and commercial fields. The acquisition by NIIT comes at ...

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Rochester Precision Optics a sign of sector’s success (access required)

Polishing machine at RPO

It's no surprise that Rochester's manufacturing sector is a shadow of its former self. The companies that once defined the Flower City, and led to its status as one of the first "boomtowns," have faced rapid downsizing and exodus from the city. Kodak, Xerox and Bausch & Lomb no longer serve as the economic backbone they once did. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Rochester's employment in the manufacturing supersector has been on steady decline.

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Council bids farewell to Conklin, Haag and Miller (access required)


Making way for the newcomers, the Rochester City Council bade farewell to three long-standing staples of the City Hall Chambers. Humorous and touching homages on the careers of Vice President Dana Miller and council members at-large Carolee Conklin and Matt ...

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Much ado about Parcel 5

Parcel 5

Drive down East Main Street during any hour of the day and you will surely pass the desolate site where Midtown Mall once stood. Of course, it's not always quite so desolate. During Rochester's beloved Fringe Festival and the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, the humble 1.2 acre plot of land swells to life, brimming with dance, laughter, musical vigor and, occasionally, monstrous balloons liberated from the contentious plot of land, hovering in the night sky above. Parcel 5, as it's referred to, has been possibly the most highly debated subject in the City of Rochester over the past couple years. Every time the City Council takes up the subject, citizens pack the room, voicing their concerns about the future of the site.

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