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Jul 7, 2017

Mark IV sells Legacy

One of the region’s largest real estate developers has divested its senior living communities. Mark IV Enterprises Inc. has sold its 10 Legacy senior living communities to Tucson, Ariz.-based Watermark Retirement Communities. Terms of the deal, expected to close Aug. 1, were not disclosed. Watermark will retain all 600 staffers employed by the Legacy facilities, […]

Jun 30, 2017

Low gas prices to fuel holiday travel rise

As Rochester area residents pack their cars for holiday travel, they likely will pay a little less at the pump than they did a couple of years ago, and a lot less than they did during the Great Recession. At roughly $2.35 a gallon, unleaded gas prices this week are down 2 cents from a […]

Jun 30, 2017

Ridesharing arrives in the region

While Uber Technologies Inc. and its recently ousted CEO combat a backlash from stakeholders and in the media, Lyft Inc. has motored into neighborhoods around the country, including Rochester. This week, Rochester became one of the upstate regions to welcome ridesharing, as Lyft launched its service at the Greater Rochester International Airport. Company officials signed […]

Jun 30, 2017

A new report examines the state of play

The State of Play—a national report on youth sports—was released Thursday by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation and the Rochester Area Community Foundation. The Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes region received a C+ rating in getting kids active through sports, according to an online survey of youth sport providers and other stakeholders in […]

Jun 23, 2017

Mark’s Pizzeria lawsuit settled for $1.7 million

Mark’s Pizzeria Inc. has reached a tentative $1.7 million settlement with employees who filed a class-action lawsuit against the company. The deal resolves a complaint filed in August 2015 claiming food delivery drivers who were ostensibly being paid minimum wage or slightly more actually received less because the company did not pay them for vehicle […]

Jun 23, 2017

Avon company takes on the diesel skills gap

Micah McArdle’s decision to participate in a diesel mechanics pilot course was life changing. He has had two full-time job offers since completing the vocational course less than a month ago. “When I heard about the course, at the time I was working two part-time jobs and looking for a third to support myself, make […]

Jun 23, 2017

Program targets a gender gap

Historically, women have been hard to find in the construction industry. A 2014 National Women’s Law Center report titled, “Women in Construction, Still Breaking Ground,” showed women make up 2.6 percent of workers in construction and extraction occupations, a figure that had not budged in the past 30 years. The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters […]

Jun 16, 2017

Seating system takes Viggi into the classroom

As a youth, Sandra Turner had what she now calls “attention benefits.” “I remember being told to sit still, and I was fidgety,” Turner recalls. “I lost focus very easily.” Decades later, Turner has developed a seating product for youths who have the same “benefits” she had as a child. The Vidget Organic Seating System […]

Jun 16, 2017

LiDestri leader honored

The 2017 Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award recipient is Giovanni LiDestri, CEO of Fairport-based LiDestri Food & Drink. The company manufactures sauces and dips, spirits and wine-based beverages, juices and flavored-water beverages. It has manufacturing facilities in Fairport, Rochester, California, Pennsylvania and New Jersey and employs roughly 1,300 people, in[...]

Jun 16, 2017

Data drives the company and its clients

The phrase data-driven has become a well-known descriptor for companies in multiple industries. But how many companies are truly driven by data? Cause + Effect Strategy and Marketing relies on data to grow business daily, striving to help clients be more efficient with their marketing dollars. “A lot of people are saying that they’re being […]

Jun 9, 2017

Cole finds his niche leading Leclair Korona

For most of us, finding a niche can be something that takes years of stops and starts. This is especially true with the legal community, as there are plenty of paths would-be attorneys can go down before discovering their strengths. Not so with Leclair Korona Vahey Cole LLP’s new managing partner, Steven Cole. Cole appreciates […]

Jun 9, 2017

New leader takes on eating disorder epidemic

Eight million people nationwide have anorexia nervosa, bulimia and related eating disorders, representing some 3 percent of the total population. In Monroe County, roughly 4 percent of the population is affected by eating disorders. Jeffrey Pier is tackling that problem head on. “It’s estimated that over 30,000 people are affected by eating disorders in Monroe […]