Economy and Business news

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There’s new data that shows while some Monroe County businesses are coming back strong after the worst of the pandemic, others are still struggling to rebound.

The information comes from Facebook, which provides a service called Data for Good, where the social media company keeps track of posts by businesses and other organizations and then makes that data available to researchers and others to provide them with real-time metrics.

Wegmans is notifying customers that some of their information may have exposed due to a database problem.

Wegmans says two databases used for the company’s internal business purposes were inadvertently left open to potential outside access.

The supermarket chain says that it confirmed the problem around April 19, 2021, but they say the configuration issue, as it’s called, actually began in 2018.

Dawson Company tapped as Bull’s Head developer

Jun 10, 2021
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City of Rochester officials have selected The Dawson Company of Atlanta, Georgia to serve as the prime developer for the planned Bull’s Head revitalization project.

The 12-acre plot located at the crossroads of Brown Road, Genesee, and West Main Streets was, at one point in time, a thriving commercial hub. But those days have long since passed. Today, vacant buildings outnumber businesses in the Bull’s Head neighborhood, and while city administrations have for about 20 years attempted to breathe new life into the area, little progress has been made.

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The Strong museum is announcing a tourism campaign that will include other museums and cultural institutions in the Rochester area.

It’s called Play Rochester, and involves The Strong, the George Eastman Museum, Genesee Country Village & Museum, Rochester Museum & Science Center and the Seneca Park Zoo.

The Strong’s vice president of marketing and communications, Sara Poe, said the idea is to provide a variety of options to people who may be traveling to the Rochester area this summer.

Monroe County OKs local labor waiver for Amazon

May 18, 2021
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Amazon and its developer won’t have to use local labor for some construction jobs as they build a massive new warehouse and distribution center in Gates, under a deal approved Tuesday by Monroe County’s economic development arm.

The County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency previously awarded the project $134.7 million in property, mortgage, and sales tax exemptions on the condition that the developer, Trammell Crow Co., use local labor for all of the construction work - a requirement typical of such tax incentive packages.


There are some changes ahead for AIM Photonics, the Rochester based organization that was set up to accelerate growth in the photonics industry.

There is a new Chair of the AIM Photonics Leadership Council. Bob Duffy, the President of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce has held that role for the last five years. But Duffy is leaving that position due to the amount of time he needs to devote to other commitments. The new chair is Tod Laursen, who is also acting president at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

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As pandemic restrictions ease and vaccinations increase, a local tourism organization is looking for more visitors to come to the Rochester area this summer.

Visit Rochester  had put some of its marketing plans on hold for a while during the pandemic. And even though COVID-19 is still around, things are easing  in terms of restrictions, and more people are getting vaccinated, so that tourism agency is restarting its marketing efforts.

Local home sales have increased and so have sale prices.

Sales of existing homes have been impacted in the Rochester area and across the country in recent years due to the lack of inventory.

Lanie Bittner, president of the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors, says there was a bit of a turnaround in the first quarter of this year, with regional sales up 2.8% compared to last year.

She says the improvement in the numbers were helped by stronger home sales in some of the outlying counties in the region, like Wayne County.

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Monroe County Executive Adam Bello has appointed a bipartisan task force to recommend solutions for bridging the digital divide.

Nearly one-fifth of households in the city of Rochester and one-third of rural households in Monroe County aren't connected to the internet, according to Census data.

Bello wants the county to be a leader in addressing the disparities by offering free or low-cost high-speed broadband service to those who need it.



Carestream, a Rochester based imaging company, plans to add dozens of jobs over the next five years.

Carestream was spun off from Kodak years ago and provides medical imaging systems and products related to non-destructive testing.

The company plans to create up to 70 jobs over the next five years at a facility it operates at the Eastman Business Park.