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May 17, 2022

Free workshops set for Ontario County small businesses, nonprofits

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, will conduct the workshops, with in-person and virtual options for attendees. “Ontario County wanted to […]

May 13, 2022

Evans’ budget prioritizes public safety, neighborhoods, economy

  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 in City Council chambers the $627.4 million proposed budget for fiscal year 2022-23, which begins […]

May 10, 2022

Genesee Co-op Federal Credit Union purchases Weider Hall in South Wedge 

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 $1.47 million and included 399-409 Gregory St.   Michael Walker, Genesee Co-op’s board chairperson, said […]

May 10, 2022

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 street at Costco and make more than I make here,’” Bello said. “And she was […]

May 3, 2022

Definitely Downtown Events hope to invigorate city streets

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 to offer. Definitely Downtown Events will feature daytime parties, a night with the RPO and […]

Apr 27, 2022

Marl Startup Studio’s next pitch competition is May 19

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 college student innovators to present their projects, which can be simply an idea or an […]

Apr 27, 2022

CooperVision announces multi-million-dollar local expansion plan, new jobs  

CooperVision will expand operations at two separate locations in Monroe County in a $62 million project that will create up to 173 new jobs.    Citing an increase in global demand for its contact lenses and a growing product portfolio, the company will invest more than $38 million to significantly renovate its current facility and expand, […]

Apr 25, 2022

New city program to ‘right the wrong’ of redlining

The city of Rochester will use $13.3 million to build 100 single-family affordable houses, helping to correct the wrongs made by redlining.

Apr 13, 2022

Genesee CARES grant awards approved for 22 businesses across county 

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 will support investments related to employment restoration, job hiring, outdoor dining developm[...]

Apr 12, 2022

Mayor, officials announce beginning of downtown Aqueduct Reimagined project  

Rochester Mayor Malik Evans and New York State’s Regional Director of Empire State Development Vinnie Esposito announced the start of the Aqueduct Reimagined project.

Apr 11, 2022

Rochester accelerates its pace to become top tech hub in America

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 startups have seen an uptick in investment from around the world as investors take note […]

Apr 6, 2022

Innovation advancements on display as Rochester continues to grow its technology ecosystem

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 trends going on right now worldwide. “This is an exciting time for advancements in technology,” […]