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How Rochester is addressing the middle-skills gap

As the nation’s manufacturing sector contends with a middle-skills gap that may seem more like a deep chasm, Rochester-area manufacturers are divided on what that gap looks like locally and whether it has improved in recent years. Whether large or ...

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Rochester’s workforce is getting grayer

A tsunami warning has been issued for the Rochester business community. Call it the Silver Tsunami alert. As a society, we are growing old; which means the workforce is growing old. Nationally, 31 million jobs will become available next year ...

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Paychex puts emphasis on human resources amid tech shift

There is no talking about business in the Greater Rochester area without mentioning Paychex. Not only is it the largest publicly held company based in Monroe County, with $3.4 billion in revenue in the fiscal year ending May 31, 2018, ...

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RIT’s Munson discusses joys, challenges of his time in Rochester so far

Rochester Institute of Technology, with its more than 19,000 students and focus on career-minded majors and job creation, is the fifth-largest employer in the Rochester area. Locally the university employs 4,123 people with the vast majority of those in full-time ...

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Dynamic market forces commercial real estate to evolve

Although the once-vibrant Xerox Tower in Rochester stands vacant, Rochester’s downtown commercial real estate scene continues to reinvent itself, showing some needed resilience. “This is a very dynamic market right now, and it’s dynamic in different ways,” says Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, ...

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Millennials key drivers of housing market

When Grace Browning arrived in Rochester from Dallas last year, she was looking for an apartment that was within her budget, was close to work and had some common amenities. And it had to be dog-friendly. “I couldn’t say exactly ...

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SALT cap not hitting local market—yet

The SALT cap hasn’t made itself felt in the Rochester area’s residential real estate market—so far. “The majority of our service area is not significantly affected,” says Andy Kachaylo, president of the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors, (GRAR) which serves ...

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Homebuyers find ways to succeed in a tight market

As first-time homebuyers, Anna and Thomas Babcock underwent a two-month, learn-as-you-go crash course on the state of real estate in Monroe County last fall. It wasn’t necessarily a pleasure cruise. They toured nearly two dozen homes, twice had their buying ...

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Combating sexual harassment is everyone’s business

You shrug off the first time a co-worker says you ought to wear more makeup, wear more feminine clothing, smile more. But the comments keep coming, even after telling your colleague the remarks are out of line. You’ve gone from rolling your eyes to being irritated...

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Lori VanAuken: Five Women I Admire

There have been plenty of men who have influenced my path in life—my dad who instilled a strong work ethic; my supportive husband who reminds me to keep a balance of work, family and fun; former teachers, bosses and co-workers who have all helped me develop various skills and perspectives...

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Representation grows, yet still work to be done for women in politics

It's easy to forget in 2019 that there are still women alive today born at a time when women did not have the right to vote in the United States. In the grand history of our country, women holding elected office is a relatively recent development. It took until 1916 for a woman, Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana, to be elected to Congress...

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Women and investing: Knowledge is power

Is wealth management a short-term competition? The answer could very well depend on whom you ask. Men may be more likely to view their financial planning as an event within a finite timeframe—taking a “we-need-to-win-now approach”—while women may be more willing to look far into the future and not so much at the current score...

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