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Rochester named an All-America City (access required)


Rochester has been named an All-America City by the National Civic League, one of 10 cities recognized for civic innovation over the past year. To enter the contest, cities must showcase three projects that exemplify how a commitment to collaboration, civic ...

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Report: Rochester’s child poverty rate, disparities still high


African American children are nearly four times more likely to experience child poverty than white chidlren, while Latino children are more than three times more likely, an updated report from ACT Rochester and the Rochester Area Community Foundation shows. “Hard ...

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Bello orders equal-pay compliance for all county contracts (access required)

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello today signed an executive order requiring non-governmental county contractors to comply with state and federal equal pay laws (photo provided by Monroe County).

All non-governmental county contractors are now required to comply with state and federal equal pay laws following a new executive order issued by Monroe County Executive Adam Bello. Bello joined the Pay Equity Coalition for today’s Sound the Alarm event ...

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Greyston launches Center for Open Hiring (access required)

Greyston has launched the Rochester Center for Open Hiring.

A new enterprise focused on breaking down employment barriers for job-seekers has opened in Rochester. Greyston, a social justice undertaking based in Yonkers, launched the Rochester Center for Open Hiring. The purpose is to help create pathways to job opportunities ...

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Local nonprofit creates global inclusion training movement (access required)


Rochester Accessible Adventures, a local nonprofit that trains, supports and promotes recreation businesses to operate inclusively, is hoping to train 2,020 youth and adults this year in its #WeWillInclude movement. RAA is responding to the impact of COVID-19 with an ...

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Bello proposes Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (access required)

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello.

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello submitted legislation on Tuesday to amend the County Charter and create a Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The department will seek effective methods and procedures for recruitment, selection, placement, and promotion of racial and ethnic minorities, ...

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Santiago joins RASE Commission as third co-chair; members sought (access required)


Arline Santiago, senior vice president at ESL Federal Credit Union, has been named the third co-chair of the Commission on Racial and Structural Equality (RASE), a collaborative project launched earlier this month by Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and Monroe County ...

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Creating inclusive, diverse campuses must be priority for SUNY system (access required)

SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson (photo courtesy SUNY).

Safety measures and protocols will be very apparent when State University of New York campuses reopen in the fall, but outgoing Chancellor Kristina Johnson sees an even greater change to the look of the SUNY system over the next decade. ...

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Truth Collective emphasizes diversity with new scholarship fund (access required)

Truth Collective founders left to right: Bob Bailey, CEO; John Roberts, chief strategy officer; and Jeremy Schwartz, chief creative officer (Photo provided).

Truth Collective has always believed it’s important to be a part of the greater good. While very much a for-profit marketing agency, some of Truth Collective’s best work has been in collaboration with nonprofits. There was the Slaying Giants campaign ...

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Greenlight to resume expansion into city (access required)

Greenlight Networks president and CEO Mark Murphy, shown here at a December news conference (photo courtesy Greenlight LeChase).

Greenlight Networks has signed a master license agreement with the city of Rochester, meaning high-speed internet may now reach more homes in heart of Monroe County. Greenlight had halted installation in the Rochester in February due to the city’s new ...

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County Legislature repeals controversial bill (access required)

Vince Felder (D-Rochester), Minority Leader of the Monroe County Legislature.

A controversial local law passed by Republicans in November was unanimously repealed by the Monroe County Legislature on Tuesday night. The Law Enforcement Harassment Law, meant in theory to provide added protections to first responders, was criticized by community leaders ...

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