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Brooks to succeed Zimmer-Meyer as president/CEO of RDDC (access required)

Galin Brooks has been named new president and CEO of the Rochester Downtown Development Corp. Brooks will take the reins on June 20. She will succeed Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, who will retire on June 18 after 38 years with the organization, ...

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$11.4 million FWD Center opens downtown  (access required)

State, local and college officials gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the Finger Lakes Workforce Development Center at Monroe Community College's downtown campus.  

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Applications being accepted for Grow-NY competition   (access required)

Empire State Development has opened the application window for the 2022 Grow-NY food and agriculture competition.   Grow-NY attracts high-growth food and agriculture startups to compete for $3 million in total prize money each year and supports 20 finalists through a business ...

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Free workshops set for Ontario County small businesses, nonprofits (access required)

A series of free informational workshops aimed at providing a roadmap to recovery and growth in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is being offered to Ontario County small businesses and nonprofits. Ostrander’s Consulting, hired by Ontario County’s planning department, ...

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Evans’ budget prioritizes public safety, neighborhoods, economy (access required)

  The proposed city of Rochester budget includes a 9.6 percent increase in spending — with public safety, neighborhoods and economic empowerment among the priorities — but no change in the tax levy. Mayor Malik Evans unveiled on Friday morning ...

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Genesee Co-op Federal Credit Union purchases Weider Hall in South Wedge  (access required)

Genesee Co-op Federal Credit Union has purchased Weider Hall, located at 389-395 Gregory St. in Rochester’s South Wedge. The credit union has been located in the building since 2005 and in the South Wedge since 1998.  The purchase price was ...

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More than 11,000 Rochester employees benefit from minimum wage boost

As Monroe County sought ways to curtail ongoing staffing issues at Monroe Community Hospital last year, County Executive Adam Bello wanted to hear directly from employees. The input from one woman hit home. “She said, ‘I can work across the ...

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Definitely Downtown Events hope to invigorate city streets (access required)

A series of new special events in the heart of downtown — from music and movies to art and food — has been launched to lure people to the streets of Rochester and reconnect them with what the city has ...

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Marl Startup Studio’s next pitch competition is May 19 (access required)

The latest pitch competition by Marl Startup Studio of Rochester will be May 19, and include 10 entrepreneurs who will be able to pitch their projects to the venture capital community. Marl Startup Studio is looking for first-time founders and ...

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Genesee CARES grant awards approved for 22 businesses across county  (access required)

Genesee County has awarded 22 local businesses $875,000 through the Genesee CARES Business Recovery Fund.   For-profit businesses with 25 or less employees who experienced adverse economic impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic were eligible to receive funding.  Genesee CARES awards ...

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