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Regional development competition begins (access required)

The State of New York last week kicked off the eighth round of its annual Regional Economic Development Council Competition, expected to award more than $750 million in state funds for regional economic development projects. The application process for the ...

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EPA gives city money to ameliorate brownfields (access required)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has chosen Rochester as the recipient of two Brownfield Grants to revitalize blighted properties and promote economic redevelopment. Rochester received $400,000 in assistance for two projects. The City of Rochester received a $200,000 brownfields petroleum ...

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New Center of Excellence designated at Geneva’s agricultural station (access required)

Geneva’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station is being designated a state Center of Excellence, bringing additional funding and attention for research and development aimed at job creation in  agriculture and food production. State Sen. Pam Helming announced on Wednesday ...

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Downtowns set to compete for state revitalization funding (access required)

The State of New York has launched the third round of its Downtown Revitalization Initiative, or DRI, investing $100 million in 10 downtown areas across the state. The annual competition awards $10 million to each of 10 downtowns, chosen by ...

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OFD Foods marks construction of facility that will yield 30 jobs (access required)

Leaders from OFD Foods LLC—who last year announced plans to open a $25 million manufacturing facility in Henrietta—were joined Thursday by elected officials and business representatives for a ceremonial groundbreaking for the 50,000-square-foot facility. The facility is expected to employ ...

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Eat Up Rochester is the newest incarnation of a local restaurant week (access required)

Rochester Downtown Development Corp. is launching a restaurant week in Rochester next week, hoping to bring more business to the city’s restaurants while encouraging local residents to try something new. During “Eat Up Rochester,” which runs from Monday through Sunday, ...

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Shopping habits, internet changing local retail scene (access required)

Tops Friendly Markets has filed for bankruptcy. Rochester-area Sam’s Club stores abruptly closed. Toys R Us and its affiliated Babies R Us stores are going out of business. Barnes & Noble has cut staff. And malls are being converted—slowly—to uses ...

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Imagine Monroe approves two projects that will create, retain jobs (access required)

Two local projects have been approved for funding assistance by Imagine Monroe, formerly the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency, expecting to retain more than a dozen jobs and add 15 part-time jobs here. Buckingham Properties LLC has proposed the ...

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Fisher Associates relocates to downtown, partners with RCSD for education (access required)

You could say Fisher Associates just became the prime delegate for the “We Love Rochester” campaign. The multidisciplinary consulting firm of engineers and surveyors officially christened a new downtown office at 180 Charlotte St. on Monday morning, becoming part of ...

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State money funds agriculture programs (access required)

Finger Lakes area agricultural programs will receive nearly $600,000 in state money to promote research, marketing and development of agriculture, it was announced last week (March 29) by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets. Programs submitted applications for the ...

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Genesee agency to consider granting $250,000 in incentives for capital investments (access required)

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) will consider nearly $250,000 in incentives for three projects at its upcoming meeting March 29. Genesee Lumber Co. plans to demolish an existing structure to make way for a more than 7,000-square-foot warehouse ...

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