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Four area startups among Grow-NY finalists (access required)

Four Rochester-area startups are among the 20 finalists in round three of Grow-NY, the food innovation and agriculture technology business challenge that provides up to $1 million in funding for the winner. Grow-NY focuses on the enhancement of the emerging ...

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Round 5 of Luminate now accepting applications (access required)

Luminate NY, the world’s largest business accelerator for startup companies that have optics, photonics, and imaging (OPI) enabled applications, is now accepting applications for round five of the program. The accelerator brings visionary companies to the Finger Lakes Region to leverage ...

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Unemployment insurance tax likely to rise, DiNapoli warns (access required)

Business owners, beware: your unemployment insurance taxes are likely to go even higher in 2022 and beyond, which could slow New York’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is warning. A historic surge in unemployment claims ...

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Finger Lakes region is in good hands with Gov. Hochul (access required)

History was made in New York state with the ascension of Governor Kathy Hochul into the chief executive position for the state. I have had the honor and pleasure of knowing Gov. Hochul for many years, and have always enjoyed a very strong relationship with her. I have the utmost ...

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Funding for Foodlink expansion passes U.S. House (access required)

The recently passed House appropriations bill has set aside $750,000 for Rochester’s Foodlink Inc. to help the nonprofit cover the costs of a much-needed refrigerator expansion, Rep. Joe Morelle said on Wednesday. The bill still needs to be passed by ...

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State Office of Mental Health to expand youth ACT teams (access required)

New York State’s Office of Mental Health (OMH) has issued a request for proposals to award $9.4 million in funding to expand Youth Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams. Youth ACT teams serve and support children ages 10 to 21 and ...

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Inner Loop North project one step closer to reality (access required)

The Inner Loop North Transformation Project could finally move forward as a result of legislation passed by the House of Representatives. The project was submitted as part of this year’s Surface Transportation Member Designated Projects and would expand on the ...

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Schumer in Genesee County to tout STAMP, green energy investments (access required)

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer visited Genesee County on Wednesday to tout his two-pronged plan to establish the Western New York Science & Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP) as a domestic hub for the semiconductor and clean energy industries. Schumer said ...

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Rental assistance still available for city, Monroe County residents (access required)

With the state’s eviction moratorium expiring at midnight, rental assistance for tenants and landlords is still available through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (EPPI 2.0). The EPPI 2.0, a joint initiative of the city of Rochester and Monroe County, provides ...

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RASE Commission to launch community leadership phase of implementation plan (access required)

The county of Monroe and city of Rochester have launched an updated website for the Commission on Racial and Structural Equity (RASE) ahead of the Community Leadership phase of its implementation plan. “The work of the Commission on Racial and ...

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Perinton seeks applicants for Sustainability Advisory Board (access required)

The town of Perinton is accepting applications from residents to serve on the newly created Sustainability Advisory Board. The seven-member, volunteer board will evaluate current and future opportunities to implement sustainable best practices within the town operations. The board’s goal ...

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Is the end in sight? Preparing colleges for another pandemic semester (access required)

While the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, for the first time since the spring of 2020, students are making their way back into the classroom at full capacity. To date, many colleges and universities have faced significant economic challenges and have relied heavily on governmental pandemic relief funding to keep them afloat. The regulations surrounding the usage of those relief dollars are ...

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