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Senate passage of Innovation and Competition Act could have implications for Rochester region (access required)

The Science Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP) proposed for Genesee County, with buildings superimposed into the image. The Tonawanda Seneca Nation has filed suit, saying the project will cause environmental harm to "Big Woods," its territory on the western edge of STAMP (file image).

The U.S. Senate’s passage of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act could be the blueprint needed to make New York a global innovation and semiconductor hub, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said this week. Schumer, a staunch advocate of the state’s ...

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Sandra Parker, former Rochester Business Alliance leader, dies (access required)

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Longtime business and community leader Sandra Parker died over the weekend, following a short battle with cancer. She was 75. During her lengthy career in Rochester, Ms. Parker led the Industrial Management Council, which in 2003 merged with the Rochester ...

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Small Business Council selects finalists for Business Person of the Year (access required)

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The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Inc. and the Small Business Council have chosen the finalists for the 2020 Business Person of the Year Award. In the category of 50 and under employees, the finalists are: • John Allen, president, ...

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Reports: Samsung considering $17 billion factory in Genesee County (access required)

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Samsung Electronics Co. is considering investing up to $17 billion to build a chip-making factory in Genesee County, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Locations in Arizona and Texas also are being considered. In a statement, Genesee County Economic Development ...

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Duffy appointed to coordinate post-pandemic reopening in Finger Lakes region

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appointed Bob Duffy, head of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and a former lieutenant governor under Cuomo, to coordinate public health and reopening of the economy in the Finger Lakes Region.  Cuomo said during his ...

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SUNY Geneseo president named co-chair of regional economic development council (access required)

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The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council has tapped SUNY College at Geneseo president Denise Battles as its next co-chair. Battles succeeds former Monroe Community College president Anne Kress, who served in the role from 2016 until December 2019. Battles ...

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Cuomo orders restaurants, bars, casinos to close

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With the state closing of restaurants and bars Monday, as well as casinos, theaters and gyms, COVID-19-related restrictions grew more onerous for New Yorkers.  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced a pact with adjoining states Connecticut and New Jersey ...

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Regional Economic Development Council posts annual report (access required)

Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council co-chairs Anne Kress and Robert Duffy (Photo courtesy of Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce)

The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council has endorsed 23 projects in the nine-county region, with a total cost of more than $171 million, to further the Finger Lakes Forward strategic plan. In its 2018 annual report, FLREDC proposes $20 ...

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College workforce training programs abundant but still chasing need (access required)

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Monroe Community College graduates 60 welding students a year, but that’s still not enough to fill the demand from local companies. And that’s not a unique situation. In the 2014-15 school year, 565 people graduated from a variety of advanced manufacturing programs at MCC and from other regional colleges, yet those graduates met just 63.1 percent of the demand for people with those skills. So says “Measuring Middle-Skill Occupational Gaps Within the Western New York Regional Economy,” a September 2017 report compiled by a team of MCC and state and regional economic development programs.

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