Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, January 31

Jan 31, 2018

First hour: What will Fuji Xerox mean for Rochester?

Second hour: Reshaping Rochester - "Creating Places We Care About"

On Wednesday morning, Fujifilm Holdings announced that it will take a majority stake in Xerox. The companies have had a joint venture for years. The new business will be called Fuji Xerox, with Fujifilm owning 50.1 percent and Xerox keeping its listing on the NYSE. Fuji Xerox will have dual headquarters in the U.S. and in Japan, and it expects to deliver $1.7 billion in annual cost savings by 2022, with $1.2 billion of that to be achieved by 2020. Before the merger was announced, Fujifilm said it planned to cut 10,000 jobs at Fuji Xerox to stay competitive. So what will the new business mean for the 3,400 Xerox employees in Rochester? This hour, our guests discuss Xerox’s history in our area and their expectations for its future. Our guests:

  • Randy Gorbman, WXXI News Director
  • George Conboy, chairman of Brighton Securities
  • George Cook, retired University of Rochester professor from the Simon School of Business, and former 30-year Xerox employee

Then in our second hour, what can Rochester learn from a city like Birmingham, Michigan? The city – just north of Detroit – has been hailed for completely implementing a plan called New Urbanism. The plan led to the building up of Birmingham’s downtown, higher commercial rent and land values, “complete streets,” and one of the most walkable cities in America. Birmingham’s commissioner is an urbanist, an architect, and the city’s former mayor. We’ll talk to him about the revitalization of his city, and what he thinks can be applied in Rochester. In studio:

  • Mark Nickita, City Commissioner for Birmingham, Michigan, and co-founder of Archive Design Studio
  • Maria Furgiuele, executive director of the Community Design Center Rochester
  • Roger Brown, creative consultant of the Community Design Center Rochester