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New task force seeks solutions to county’s digital divide (access required)

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A task force of local government partners and community leaders will assess internet services in low-income and rural areas of Monroe County in hopes of finding solutions to close service gaps and eliminate access barriers. The Monroe County Advisory Task ...

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Greenlight to acquire Binghamton-based ISP provider (access required)

Greenlight Networks christened its new facility at 1777 E. Henrietta Rd (provided photo).

Greenlight Networks will acquire Plexicomm, LLC, a Binghamton-based internet solution provider, allowing for expansion of the high-speed fiber network into Broome and Tioga counties. Greenlight has already signed a purchase agreement for Plexicomm and will absorb the firm’s 12 employees ...

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City seeks input on budget from residents (access required)

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Faced with an all-funds gap of $31.4 million, the city of Rochester is providing three avenues for public input on the budget for fiscal year 2021-22. Residents may participate in any or all of the public forums: An online survey ...

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State DEC releases 2018-2020 report on restoration of New York’s Great Lakes (access required)

This map shows the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) project areas and Lake Ontario boundaries. (Source: DEC)

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has released its 2018-2020 progress report on the restoration and protection of New York’s Great Lakes resources. The report highlights a number of projects in and around Rochester and the Finger Lakes designed to ...

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Rail, port infrastructure improvement funding available (access required)

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Nearly $90 million in state and federal funding is being made available for rail and port infrastructure improvements across New York. “Our statewide and regional economies depend on having a reliable and resilient transportation network to support commercial activities,” Gov. ...

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Funding available for bridges statewide (access required)

Work has begun on the Galloway Road bridge that crosses the Erie Canal in Palmyra. It will be closed for six to eight months (photo provided by the New York State Department of Transportation).

Some $200 million has been made available to local governments statewide to improve their bridge infrastructure. The new BRIDGE NY funding will allow localities to rehabilitate and replace bridges and culverts across New York state. It builds upon $500 million ...

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ROC 2034 plan aims to lift up all members of the community (access required)

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In 2019, the city of Rochester, working with numerous internal and external stakeholders, put together a comprehensive plan, a nearly 500-page document that addresses six initiative areas that was designed to enable the region to realize its full potential. Rochester ...

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Schumer vows more relief will be on the way (access required)

Sen. Charles Schumer (photo courtesy Charles Schumer Senate website).

The most recent COVID-19 economic relief bill provides significant support for struggling businesses and organizations but still more must — and will — be done, according to Sen. Charles Schumer. In a webinar with Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce members on ...

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State’s construction outlook far from rosy for 2021 (access required)

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Contractors in New York expect revenue in 2021 to decline in every construction category as the coronavirus pandemic continues and the public and private sectors delay or cancel projects. The Associated General Contractors of America annual Construction Outlook Survey showed ...

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