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College workforce training programs abundant but still chasing need (access required)

Students and instructor work with a machine at Monroe Community College.

Monroe Community College graduates 60 welding students a year, but that’s still not enough to fill the demand from local companies. And that’s not a unique situation. In the 2014-15 school year, 565 people graduated from a variety of advanced manufacturing programs at MCC and from other regional colleges, yet those graduates met just 63.1 percent of the demand for people with those skills. So says “Measuring Middle-Skill Occupational Gaps Within the Western New York Regional Economy,” a September 2017 report compiled by a team of MCC and state and regional economic development programs.

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VisualDx to expand downtown office, staff (access required)


VisualDx, a company that develops medical imaging computer software, will expand its downtown Rochester offices by 5,000 square feet with the help of $700,000 in state and regional grants and tax breaks. Empire State Development announced the development Wednesday, Dec. ...

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Scotts Miracle-Gro opens plant in Riga (access required)

Scotts Miracle-Gro has opened a new facility in the town of Riga.

The town of Riga is home to Scotts Miracle-Gro Co.’s newest manufacturing facility. The plant, which will service customers throughout Upstate New York, will produce many of the company’s signature lawn and garden products including mulches, premium topsoil and garden ...

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