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The onslaught of robots: Is it real and what should we do? (access required)

Amitrajeet A. Batabyal

We live in an era in which books like the “Rise of the Robots” by Martin Ford, studies by prominent think-tanks such as the Brookings Institution, and a variety of media stories all seem to be telling us that robots ...

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6 big innovations that could change Rochester’s economy (access required)

Elena Garuc

Last month, our organizations—NYSTAR and FuzeHub—hosted the New York State Innovation Summit in downtown Rochester. More than 500 New Yorkers gathered together to immerse themselves in the state’s innovation ecosystem. This eye-opening event gave us an early look at the ...

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Let’s heat up the Rochester labor market (access required)

Melinda Mack

The good news: New York has one of the largest and most robust workforces in the country. The bad: Low-wage jobs dominate the labor market. Of the occupations that make up over 1.7 million jobs, 90% of them pay less ...

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The economics of China’s belt and road initiative: Rhetoric and reality (access required)

Amitrajeet A. Batabyal

In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the creation of two major infrastructure projects called the “Silk Road Economic Belt” and the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road.” These two projects have since been merged to create the “Belt and Road ...

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Peer networking of increasing importance for family firms (access required)

Carol Wittmeyer

Many professionals have the experience of moving up the chain and finding that it gets lonelier at the top. But for family business owners, it can be even lonelier. Peer networking is a highly popular strategy for business leaders at ...

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Upcoming symposium to focus on diversity in the workplace (access required)

Marisa Geitner

    It’s important to acknowledge that unconscious bias and structural racism are real and exist. In recent years, our community has talked a great deal about lacking diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The solution isn’t about workers doing ...

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Do doctors practice defensive medicine and, if yes, do patients benefit? (access required)

Amitrajeet A. Batabyal

  Although many factors are responsible for the high cost of healthcare in the United States, many believe that one key factor is the medical malpractice pressure that doctors routinely bear. One contrarian perspective on this matter comes from Michelle ...

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As Wegmans opens its 100th location, key factors to consider (access required)

Pouya Seifzadeh

Wegmans’ 100th store opening, in Raleigh, N.C., has just been occurred and marks a new stage of growth for the Rochester-based grocery chain. While the steady expansion in geography and scope has been a hallmark of Wegmans Food Markets Inc., ...

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How the affordable housing industry can help New Yorkers register to vote (access required)

Jolie Milstein

One person, one vote: that principle is foundational to our democracy. But the sad reality is that in nearly every election voter participation is embarrassingly low in the Empire State. Every New Yorker has a responsibility to help reverse this ...

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High Growth Companies Need Our Region’s Colleges

Richard Glaser

Thank you Upstate Venture Connect (UVC) for shedding light on an important economic development opportunity. UVC is a nonprofit organization founded and led by accomplished entrepreneurs dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship and advocating for our region’s high growth startups. UVC recently ...

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