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Rochester accelerates its pace to become top tech hub in America (access required)

Rochester is on its way to becoming a national hub for technology innovation. Experts predict that it has the highest potential of any city in America for developing high-tech, high-income jobs. It’s incredible news for the region’s economic development. Area ...

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Innovation advancements on display as Rochester continues to grow its technology ecosystem (access required)

From LIDROTEC, a company with patent-pending wafer dicing laser machines for the semiconductor industry to Stratio, which provides artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for medical imaging and more, these companies are a microcosm of some of the biggest technology and innovation ...

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Optimax announces $20 million investment in Wayne County facility   (access required)

Optimax Systems Inc. is investing $20 million to attach a 36,000 square-foot addition to its existing facility on Dean Parkway to keep pace with increased demand.  The company also plans to create up to 50 new jobs over the next five years ...

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City launches Small Business Boost counseling pilot program (access required)

The city of Rochester and Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund have launched Small Business Boost, a pilot program designed to connect small business owners and entrepreneurs to one-on-one counseling. Through the Small Business Boost pilot, Rochester Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) ...

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Open office hours for Downtown Revitalization planning team (access required)

With an April 1 deadline for proposals on how to spend $10 million in Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding, officials will hold open office hours from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday at the Mercantile on Main at Sibley Square. The ...

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RTS, lawmakers call on Gov. Hochul to boost funding (access required)

State lawmakers representing the Rochester region will push Gov. Kathy Hochul to bump funding by an additional $10 million so the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transit Authority (RTS) can expand and upgrade services. RTS has asked for a 36 percent increase in ...

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RIT’s Venture Creations incubator helps start-ups gain traction (access required)

Nicholas Conn was feeling a little overwhelmed with the task of raising capital for his new business venture a few years back when he had what he called a defining moment. A business advisor Conn was working with at Rochester ...

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Energy, dedication drive entrepreneurs at any age (access required)

Younger women who grew up with technology and worked in the gig economy may be more comfortable with the pace and demands of entrepreneurship. But the mid-career woman may want to do things differently than she can if she’s working ...

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County seeks in-person public input on Plan Forward (access required)

The first in-person Plan Forward public workshop for shaping Monroe County’s comprehensive plan will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on March 30 at the Roger Robach Community Center (180 Beach Ave. in Rochester). County leaders want public ...

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Genesee County recognized for its business growth efforts   (access required)

Site Selection magazine has ranked Batavia and Genesee County as the fifth most active micropolitan area in the United States for business growth.   This is the seventeenth consecutive year that Batavia and Genesee County have been recognized as the ...

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Vendors needed for International Plaza market (access required)

The city of Rochester and Ibero-American Development Corp. are seeking vendors for the International Plaza. Located at 828 N. Clinton Ave., the International Plaza is a Latin-themed marketplace and event space that will operate from noon to 4 p.m. on ...

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March worldwide water, climate events are close to home (access required)

March marks two worldwide awareness events for the environment: World Water Day and Earth Hour. In Rochester, New York, these events connect us to the global community and are also particularly close to home in light of recent developments with ...

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FLCC to host Cannabis Business Incubator Symposium (access required)

Finger Lakes Community College will host a Cannabis Business Incubator Symposium from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 at the main campus. Registration is required, and participants must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19. The event will ...

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