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CaterTrax donates meals from local eateries to frontline workers (access required)

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CaterTrax Inc., a catering management software provider located in Village Gate Square, has partnered with four Rochester restaurants to provide 1,000 meals to first responders and frontline health care workers over the next 60 days. CaterTrax donated the meals and ...

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A new opportunity for Rochester’s students (access required)

Jerome Underwood

In spring 2020, Rochester, like the rest of our nation, was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nine months later, the impact of COVID-19 on our city’s most vulnerable families, students and schools has presented us with extraordinary challenges and ...

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ROC 2034 plan aims to lift up all members of the community (access required)

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In 2019, the city of Rochester, working with numerous internal and external stakeholders, put together a comprehensive plan, a nearly 500-page document that addresses six initiative areas that was designed to enable the region to realize its full potential. Rochester ...

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Warren asks Cuomo to reopen Orange Zone restaurants (access required)

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow indoor dining at restaurants in designated COVID-19 Orange Zones, saying they are being “arbitrarily penalized.” In a letter to Cuomo, Warren wrote that restaurant owners and employees are being ...

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Community bankers making greater use of data and analytics (access required)

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Data and analytics are playing a larger role when it comes to making loan decisions at area financial institutions. Steven Schmidt, vice president and director of credit management and administration at ESL Federal Credit Union, says the data and analytics ...

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Schumer vows more relief will be on the way (access required)

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The most recent COVID-19 economic relief bill provides significant support for struggling businesses and organizations but still more must — and will — be done, according to Sen. Charles Schumer. In a webinar with Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce members on ...

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Virtual conference to focus on racism and COVID-19 (access required)

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Action for a Better Community will partner with a number of local organizations next week on the first day of a series that will address Rochester’s two pandemics: COVID-19 and racism. “Racism is a Public Health Crisis — Attacking the ...

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State’s construction outlook far from rosy for 2021 (access required)

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Contractors in New York expect revenue in 2021 to decline in every construction category as the coronavirus pandemic continues and the public and private sectors delay or cancel projects. The Associated General Contractors of America annual Construction Outlook Survey showed ...

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ESL invested $10 million in community for COVID-19 relief last year (access required)

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ESL Federal Credit Union invested more than $10 million last year to help support local organizations with their pandemic efforts, the company said this week. ESL FCU reinvested nearly $20 million in the community overall. “Nonprofits have been experiencing critical ...

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Manufacturing improves in December (access required)

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Operating conditions in the manufacturing sector improved significantly in December, a monthly report from IHS Markit shows. The IHS Markit U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index recorded the sharpest upturn since September 2014. The seasonally adjusted PMI was 57.1 in December, ...

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Report: Despite pandemic, small-business leaders remain optimistic (access required)

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Despite the upheaval of a global health crisis, small business owners are showing their mettle and remaining upbeat about their future, a new survey from JPMorgan Chase shows. The 11th annual Business Leaders Outlook Survey found that nationwide, more than ...

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Mental health, wellness efforts need to start at the top in workplace (access required)

Heather Newton

Mental health has become a bigger focus amid the social isolation and increased stress from COVID-19, and area experts have some tips on how to stay centered during these challenging times. Heather Newton, executive director of NAMI Rochester, says it ...

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