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Green job growth

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A new report from the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority shows that clean energy can help the economy as well as the environment. According to the 2017 New York Clean Energy Industry Report, clean energy jobs increased ...

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Celebrating new leaders (access required)

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In order for any community to thrive, it is crucial that its most successful members give back: with their time, their expertise and their money. Fortunately, Rochester has always been a community with strong philanthropic leaders, but there’s no guarantee ...

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Monroe County deserves assistance (access required)

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday declared Lake Ontario’s shoreline a disaster area, allowing federal funds to be used to help the area recover from flooding that took place earlier this year. The designation allows state, local and tribal governments—and some nonprofit groups—to apply for federal money for emergency work and to repair or replace damaged facilities. Six shoreline counties in New York qualified for the assistance—Jefferson, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Wayne. Monroe and Cayuga counties, however, were not deemed eligible.

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NY still needs changes

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Voters in New York overwhelmingly rejected a Constitutional Convention on Tuesday. That is not a huge surprise, given the confusion surrounding how a convention would work and the organized opposition campaign waged against the prospect. And there were legitimate reasons for voters to be concerned about the idea of a Constitutional Convention. Many people argued that a convention would just consist of the same career politicians who are already entrenched in Albany, thus limiting the possibility for real change.

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Snap Poll: Majority wary of self-driving cars (access required)

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The push toward self-driving cars took another step forward recently when a company created by Google began testing a vehicle on public roads without a human backup driver. Waymo started using an automated Chrysler Pacifica minivan in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler, Arizona, last month with only an employee in the back seat. The employee is not able to steer the minivan but can press a button to stop the vehicle if necessary.

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Help families in need (access required)

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The economy, both locally and nationally, has made huge strides since the Great Recession. However, there are still many people in our community who are struggling to make ends meet, and the holidays can be an especially difficult time for them. Rochester has always been a generous community, and no doubt you and your company already do something to help those in need. If you don’t, please consider finding a way to help out this year. Even if you do, examine whether you can afford to be doing more, financially or with your time.

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Kudos for green efforts

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The past week has been an exciting one for efforts to improve sustainability in our community, and is a sign that local government leaders and business leaders are committed to improving the environment. Last Friday, Rochester Regional Health unveiled a ...

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Schools need more help

ROC the Future’s Annual Report Card, presented Tuesday at the Rochester Business Journal’s Power Breakfast, highlighted the gains the city has made in educating its children while acknowledging the significant challenges that remain. Those challenges are daunting, as seen in some of the report card’s statistics ...

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Inductees set high standard (access required)

The Rochester Business Hall of Fame inducted its 17th class Tuesday night, and to call the four newest members impressive would be an understatement. William Levine founded Alleson Athletic with his father and turned it into a worldwide force in ...

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