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I am a reporter for the Rochester Business Journal. I cover telecommunications, technology, Internet/software/hardware, optics and photonics, advertising/marketing/PR, media, environment, architecture, construction, sports, security, Rochester colleges and universities, breweries, wineries, tourism and the paper's Fast Start section.

National labor shortage affects Rochester home-building

  The nation’s labor shortage is affecting Rochester, resulting in delays for homeowners, according to the Rochester Home Builders’ Association. Fewer homes can be built, and the homes take longer to build, according to Rick Herman, CEO of the Rochester ...

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Businesses adapting to the uses of artificial intelligence

Computers are becoming more like humans every day. Local experts believe we have passed the infancy stage of artificial intelligence but have not quite gotten to the adolescent stage yet. “Artificial intelligence really covers anything you’re trying to get the ...

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LSI conference to feature Oscar winner Ang Lee

The inaugural Light and Sound Interactive—known as LSI—will feature Ang Lee, the two-time Oscar Award-winning director of “Life of Pi” and “Brokeback Mountain,” officials announced Tuesday. Lee will be a keynote presenter on Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 7 to 9 ...

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RIT student to compete on ‘Ninja Warrior’

Rochester Institute of Technology student Jonathan Alexis is a finalist—selected out of 70,000 people—for American Ninja Warrior, an NBC show on which contestants compete for $1 million, officials said Monday. Alexis is an electrical engineering student at RIT. Only 15 competitors will ...

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Nominations for ROC Awards start Sept. 8

Nominations for the sixth annual ROC Awards Show—a show featuring the area’s top talent—will  open on Sept. 8, officials said Monday. The awards show will be held on Feb. 18 at the Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave. Categories ...

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Roberts, Northeastern raise $44 million

  Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary have raised  $44 million in funding from more than 3,200 donors—surpassing their campaign goal of $42 million, officials announced Monday. The funding is the largest amount raised in both institutions’ histories, officials said. The ...

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Light and Sound Conference set for next month

The inaugural Light and Sound Interactive Conference will be held from Sept. 12 to 14 at the Joseph A. Floreano Riverside Convention Center and Hyatt Regency. “LSI is inspired by the success of South by Southwest Interactive in Austin, Texas, ...

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ICON Salon is moving to the Pinnacle North this fall

ICON Salon is moving to the Pinnacle North development along the waterfront, officials said Thursday. The salon has been located at 30 Lakeshore Drive in Canandaigua. The new location will also have a Beauty Bar—the first of its kind in ...

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Fairport senior apartment center grand opening set for Sept. 16

The Legends at Whitney Town Center—a senior apartment community in Fairport—will host a grand opening on Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The center is located at 100 Clear Spring Trail and features 151 market rate apartments for ...

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Conferences draw thousands to Rochester before Labor Day

Rochester will bring thousands of visitors to the area before Labor Day due to major conferences being held in the city. The Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry meets from Aug. 25-30 and will attract 2,500 visitors to Rochester, and ...

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Penfield Hampton Inn’s grand opening set for Sept. 12

A six-story Hampton Inn will celebrate its grand opening in Penfield on Sept. 12 at 6 p.m., officials said Thursday. The Hampton by Hilton hotel officially opened on June 8. It is based at 950 Panorama Trail South and owned ...

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Grant to help people with disabilities enjoy canal

Rochester Accessible Adventures, a group that helps people with disabilities enjoy the great outdoors, has received a $5,115 grant from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, officials said. “This is a wonderful opportunity,” said Anita O’Brien, executive director of Rochester ...

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Outdoor retailer REI expands to Rochester

REI will open a 27,000 square foot location in CityGate this Friday, Aug. 25. The location marks the first retail location in Upstate New York. CityGate is a retail development based at the intersection of Westfall Road and East Henrietta Road. ...

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Inaugural Light and Sound Interactive Conference held next month

The inaugural Light and Sound Interactive Conference will be held from Sep. 12-14 at the Joseph A. Floreano Riverside Convention Center and Hyatt Regency. “LSI is inspired by the success of South by Southwest Interactive in Austin, Texas, an offshoot ...

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