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Boosting healthcare worker pay, contracts to MWOBs are city priorities (access required)

Boosting the pay of healthcare workers and increasing city contract opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses are among the priorities of Mayor Lovely Warren’s Equity and Recovery Agenda (ERA) for Rochester. Warren’s ERA proposes a 50-percent increase in contracts awarded to minority-owned ...

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New York tribal communities receive federal funding (access required)

More than $3.7 million in federal block grants have been made available for seven New York tribal communities through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Indian Housing Block Grants Program, including two communities in the Rochester and Finger ...

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Business opportunities abound for NYS with legalization of recreational marijuana (access required)

New York’s legalization of recreational marijuana could bring new opportunities, and big returns, for the Rochester business community. State lawmakers passed legislation Tuesday night to legalize adult-use cannabis and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act into ...

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New task force seeks solutions to county’s digital divide (access required)

A task force of local government partners and community leaders will assess internet services in low-income and rural areas of Monroe County in hopes of finding solutions to close service gaps and eliminate access barriers. The Monroe County Advisory Task ...

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GCEDC approves incentives for Plug Power mega-site (access required)

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) board of directors has approved incentives for Plug Power Inc.’s green hydrogen production facility at the Western New York Science & Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park. Billed as North America’s largest green energy technology ...

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Carestream to expand operations at Eastman Business Park (access required)

Medical imaging systems and non-destructive testing company Carestream plans to expand its film finishing operations at Eastman Business Park. The company has committed to creating up to 70 new jobs over the next five years while retaining 47 jobs. The ...

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Wayne County manufacturer to expand packaging lines, add 38 jobs (access required)

Flexible packaging firm ABX Innovative Packaging Solutions plans to grow its operations in Wayne County. The company will update its existing equipment, purchase new equipment and undertake infrastructure improvements to accommodate the expansion of its green solution flexible packaging manufacturing ...

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City will explore reparations, Universal Basic Income programs (access required)

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has launched an initiative that could lead to implementation of reparations and a Universal Basic Income program in the city. With poverty and income disparity plaguing the city, the programs would use proceeds from the impending ...

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Pace Electronics to expand, add 15 jobs (access required)

Electronics contract manufacturer Pace Electronics will expand its operations in the Wayne County town of Williamson and construct a new 55,000 square-foot facility. The project is expected to add 15 jobs and retain 28. Empire State Development will assist the ...

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Post-pandemic era likely to be a new normal (access required)

While there is hope on the horizon that normalcy will return to everyday life sooner than later, the post-pandemic business world surely won’t look the way it did before March 2020. Many firms are prepared to maintain some form of ...

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