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How to lead in the time of COVID-19

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” —Martin Luther King Jr. Let’s face reality: It is pretty easy to be ...

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Coronavirus is the latest test of character

As I write this, much of the country is on lock-down due to the coronavirus. Schools, bars and restaurants are empty; people not in essential services are staying home and avoiding even small gatherings; the stock market has lost over ...

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State has opportunity to accelerate renewable energy growth (access required)

A large majority of New Yorkers are now concerned about climate change and believe it is a crisis requiring urgent action. CEOs, for example, are beginning to take note and take action. Over just the last few months, some of the ...

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The ban on plastic bags: From explorer shoppers to snipers (access required)

March 1 is just around the corner and by that time the ban on carryout plastic bags will go into effect in New York State. Some of the major local businesses, such as Wegmans, took steps ahead of time to ...

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Comprehensive education reform requires parent leadership (access required)

Over the last month, I have had the opportunity to hear from parents across Rochester. These parent voices are unified in one very clear way—keep the conversation focused on what is best for our children. The voices, from a group ...

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We need to bolster antitrust enforcement (access required)

Form a historical standpoint, there is no gainsaying the fact that the United States has been a salient promoter of antitrust laws and institutions. Beginning with the Sherman Act in 1890 and then ending in 1914 with the Clayton and ...

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Building an upstate workforce for the next generation

Recently, a new economic review and plan was completed by the Boston Consulting Group. This report showed our region lags behind our peers in almost all economic terms. The bottom line is we need economic growth for Rochester to remain ...

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T-Mobile/Sprint merger means new jobs for New York (access required)

Nearly two years ago, T-Mobile and Sprint announced plans to join forces and bring more competition to the wireless industry. Two federal agencies and dozens of state regulators, including New York’s Public Service Commission, have already acted favorably on the ...

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

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)

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)

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)

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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