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Gov. Hochul announces water quality improvement grants  (access required)

New York is awarding $23 million in grants to help improve water quality across the state while mitigating the effects of climate change. Local grant awardees include the city of Rochester, Ontario County and communities in Monroe and Wayne counties.  ...

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County, business, health leaders launch Vax. Boost. Mask. campaign (access required)

Fearing the surge in COVID-19 infections will have a dramatic impact on the local economy, leaders of business, government and health care today unveiled the Vax. Boost. Mask. campaign, hoping heightened vigilance in protecting the community will prevent another shutdown. ...

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Substantial child care subsidies included in Build Back Better Act (access required)

Working families will be eligible for significant savings on child care costs should Congress pass the current version of the Build Back Better Act. The bill — already passed by the House of Representatives — will expand federal cost assistance ...

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Amazon’s new facilities on target to open in Q4 of 2022 (access required)

Two new Amazon facilities just 1.2 miles apart on Rochester’s west side are on schedule for the start of operations in the fourth quarter of 2022, the company says. Construction cranes surround the massive 2.6 million-square-foot warehouse and distribution center ...

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Schumer urges Tower Semiconductor to consider Upstate for new facility (access required)

Now that Samsung has chosen Tyler, Texas, for its new chip manufacturing facility, U.S. Sen Charles Schumer is urging Tower Semiconductor to build in Upstate New York. Schumer’s office said the Senate Majority Leader spoke by phone with Tower CEO ...

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Rochester and Newark each awarded $10 million in statewide Downtown Revitalization Initiative (access required)

The city of Rochester and village of Newark, Wayne County, will receive $10 million each in funding as the Finger Lakes Region winners of the fifth round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative in an effort to help communities boost their post COVID-19 economies by ...

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Norm Jones to retire after more than 40 years with city of Rochester (access required)

Norm Jones, who worked his way up from the lowest-paid title position to head of the department with the largest budget, will be ending his 40-plus year career with the city of Rochester. Jones, commissioner of the Department of Environmental ...

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Ontario County offers grants to small businesses in tourism, hospitality (access required)

Small businesses in the tourism and hospitality industry in Ontario County who were negatively impacted by COVID-19 can apply for funding from the “Visit Ontario County COVID Relief Program,” a newly created grant program through the Ontario County Economic Development Corp. and Finger Lakes Visitors Connection.  Under the program, grants ranging ...

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Vendors sought for holiday celebration at La Marketa (access required)

The International Plaza at La Marketa, the Latin-themed community gathering and event space on North Clinton Avenue, is soliciting vendors for the inaugural Holiday Market at La Marketa. Artists, designers, jewelers and other makers and small businesses are welcome at ...

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Tom Wahl’s, Hobby Lobby coming to Greece (access required)

Two retail locations in the town of Greece left vacant by the departure of longtime tenants will soon have new tenants. Tom Wahl’s, which has been serving hamburgers and a variety of other food in the area since 1955, is ...

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REDCO awarded $1 million to continue its Resource Partner Enhancement Program (access required)

The Rochester Economic Development Corporation (REDCO) has been awarded a $1 million Small Business Administration grant to continue to improve Rochester’s entrepreneurial ecosystem through its innovative Resource Partner Enhancement Program (RPEP). RPEP is a two-year peer learning cohort program designed ...

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