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Nonprofit Report: The Rochester Historical Society

The Rochester Historical Society was established in 1860, although, because of the Civil War, it did not become active until 1887. From that point on, the society has been preserving and interpreting this region’s past for the community’s education and ...

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Keeping employees engaged means keeping them in motion

As the football season gets underway, players, coaches and fans prepare for a year of excitement, and of course, a little drama. With the new season come significant changes, with players, teams, and even the rules. The National Football League’s ...

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Telling the story of Allendale Columbia

Courtney Dixon sees no limits when it comes to her career. This mentality has helped her rise up the ranks and bring out-of-the-box thinking to her role as director of marketing and communications at Allendale Columbia School. “I was brought ...

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A positive picture emerges from new metro GDP data

New gross domestic product figures for 2015 provide important insights into the Rochester area’s slow recovery from the Great Recession—as well as significant potential for future growth. Last year, the cumulative value of goods and services produced in the five-county ...

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Supreme Court’s shorthandedness limits its functioning

Eight is an odd number. Pythagoras and his mathematical adherents would disagree, but appellate lawyers know that an even number of appellate judges is odd indeed. Courts of appeals are almost always constituted in odd numbers (3, 5 or 7) ...

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Rochester GDP growth lags Albany, Buffalo

Real GDP for the Rochester metropolitan area—an inflation-adjusted measure of our gross product based on national prices for the goods and services produced here—grew by a total of 0.8 percent between 2010 and 2015, well below the 9.9 percent aggregate ...

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Nonprofit Report: Water for South Sudan Inc.

Water for South Sudan Inc. delivers direct, transformative and sustainable quality-of-life service to the people of South Sudan by efficiently providing access to clean, safe water and improving hygiene and sanitation practices in areas of great need. Its commitment to ...

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Anti-inversion regulations may impact common business transactions

The IRS has gone to war against inversions—transactions in which a U.S.-based multinational moves its tax residence abroad to reduce U.S. taxes. The IRS’s latest salvo in that war, regulations defining the meaning of debt and equity for tax purposes, ...

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Who’s No. 1? You really can’t tell from most rankings

Oscar Wilde’s quip—“The truth is never pure and rarely simple”—is flagrantly ignored by the “Best Places/Top Cities” industry. Yes, these “Top XX” lists have been around since Athens vs. Sparta. We’ve had decades with the “Best Places to Live” lists; ...

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Census: 92.9 percent in N.Y. had health insurance in 2015

According to a U.S. Census report released Tuesday, 92.9 percent of New York residents had health insurance coverage in 2015—an increase of 4.3 percentage points since 2008.  The nationwide figure for 2015 was 90.9 percent, according to the report, which ...

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Success of Genesee Brewing shows Rochester’s ingenuity

A group of Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce staff members and I were pleased to attend the announcement earlier this month of the upcoming Genesee Brewing Co. expansion. Genesee’s parent company, North American Breweries, plans to invest over $49 million ...

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On retiring Bills numbers and Carrier Dome renovations

With Bruce Smith’s No. 78 joining Jim Kelly’s No. 12 as the only jerseys officially retired by the Buffalo Bills, we wonder what other numbers will be taken out of circulation. Faithful readers of this column are familiar with my ...

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The 2016 Bills are banking on Taylor-made playoff run

If this truly is to become a “New Era” in Buffalo Bills history that goes beyond the stadium’s recently sold naming rights, quarterback Tyrod Taylor must go from being good to very good. And it would really help if he ...

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