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Monroe County Farms

Although the number of farms in Monroe County dropped by more than 200 from 1987 to 1997, the total economic impact of Monroe County farms in 1997 still was $144 million, according to the agriculture census done by New York ...

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Business & the Environment:
A growing concern

Battles to preserve open space and farmland in Monroe and adjacent counties have tended to stress particular, very local issues. Should the farm in a given neighborhood be developed into a new subdivision? Should a shopping area expand into farmland ...

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Non-profits could face
big Year 2000 problems

As the year 2000 inches closer, many Rochester-area non-profit organizations have one question: Will we be ready? “First, you panic,” says Kelley Ribis, director of finance and human resources at the Family Resource Centers of Rochester. “Then you say, ‘How ...

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The cost of moving forward
(continued)

FNB Rochester Corp. Total estimated cost: $667,000 FNB began developing its Y2K strategy in October 1996. It currently is addressing the data-processing and business impacts. An ongoing phase is in effect to educate employees and customers and to determine which ...

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Outline of Rochester Top 25
Y2K spending by company

Xerox Corp. $135 million Eastman Kodak Co. 78 million Bausch & Lomb Inc. 65 million – 75 million Gannett Corp. less than 25 million Eastman Chemical Co. less than 20 million Rochester Gas & Electric Corp. 15 million Frontier Corp. ...

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The cost of moving forward
(continued)

Graham Corp. Total estimated cost: $85,000 Graham established a program to assess the impact of Y2K on the software and hardware utilized in its internal operations. The cost to address Y2K issues has been estimated at $85,000. This program includes ...

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The cost of moving forward
(continued)

Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. Total estimated cost: $15 million RG&E identified the need to address Y2K issues early, and in June 1996 established its Y2K Project. The company has assigned some 40 full-time-equivalent staff to work on the project ...

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Y2K Management:
The cost of moving forward

With less than 10 months to go, Year 2000 has become the issue for information-technology officials at local companies. The area’s top 25 publicly held companies–as listed in the Rochester Business Journal’s annual list based on market value–expect to spend ...

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Deregulation raises issues
for nuclear power plants

Their proponents will tell you that they will play a vital role in the year 2000 and beyond. Their critics–as they have all along–ridicule them as a serious threat, a terrible accident waiting to happen. The subject that inspires all ...

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Energy: The switch is on!

New York is now six months into its long-ballyhooed energy deregulation program. But unless you are one of the big-business users that has been hotly wooed by one of the new unregulated energy marketers, or one of the relatively few ...

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Foreign posts maintain
appeal despite crises

Johnston, originally from Rochester, says his standard of living is not affected by the economic downturn in Asia. “So far it has been a good experience,” he says. “We don’t really feel the impact of the economic situation because we ...

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Companies taking wait-and-see
attitude with China

It was only a year ago that China appeared to be a pillar of strength for Rochester exporters in the midst of financial turmoil on the Asian continent. While that country’s current economic scenario is still brighter than those of ...

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International Business: The Promised Land?

Last spring, Latin America was emerging as a “land of promise” for local exporters. For the first time in recent history, Latin America surpassed Asia in terms of local exports for 1997, and economic forecasts were promising, especially with financial ...

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Using the right graphics
can enhance your image

Many times, when we see our favorite television characters drinking a beverage, we see the can or bottle and assume, “She’s drinking a Coke,” or “He’s drinking a Budweiser.” Upon closer inspection, those cans or bottles often actually read “beer” ...

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What to look for in a firm

It is easy to find out if a graphic-design firm is suited to your needs, says Roger Remington, a Rochester Institute of Technology professor. The firm should be process-oriented, interested in the total process of corporate image, not focused on ...

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