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Finger Lakes Community College has received the largest gift in its history. The Sands Family Foundation will donate $3 million to FLCC to help it more than double its nursing program.

The donation will cover nearly half the cost of an expanded wing at the main campus in Canandaigua. It will be called the Sands Center for Allied Health.

Besides the associate degree program FLCC now has for registered nursing, the college will also launch a licensed practical nursing certificate program.


A company described as an “authentic Indian cheese maker” is expanding in the Village of Waterloo.

According to officials at Empire State Development, Deep Dairy Products, L.L.C, will modernize its production facility on Swift Street.

As a result of the upgrades, the company plans to create up to 39 new jobs over the next five years, and retain 36 other positions. Officials say the modernization will allow additional products to be manufactured that were previously made by third party suppliers.

St. John Fisher College

Two local colleges will use a federal grant to help alleviate a teacher shortage in high-needs rural school districts.

St. John Fisher College, in partnership with Finger Lakes Community College, are using a nearly $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation in this effort.

Associate Professor of Chemistry at Fisher, Kermin Martinez-Hernandez says the money will recruit college students with the help of some scholar ship money. 


A couple of area high-tech companies are adding jobs. A company that designs satellite communications devices called Lite Coms LLC, will be creating a total of 37 jobs over the next five years.

Lite Coms previously was located on State Street in Rochester, and it has now moved to land near the MCC Brighton campus. It is part of the START-UP NY program, which provides tax incentives for new and expanding businesses when they partner with colleges and universities.

In the latest WXXI Business Report, a recent conference focused on helping high-tech manufacturers become more competitive. Plus, there's a new chair of the board at Canopy Growth, the Canadian cannabis company partly owned by Constellation Brands. Then, we run down winners of this year's Ethie Awards. 


In the latest WXXI Business Report, we hear about:

-New numbers from the NYS Labor Dept., showing growth in the private sector in August.

-Some jobs cuts at a local photonics company.

-Bob Duffy adds to his Chamber of Commerce duties with an appointment to a national committee.

One of Rochester’s better known brands is in  expansion mode.

Zweigle’s, the meat manufacturing company which specializes in hot dogs and other products, will add 29,000 square feet to its Plymouth Avenue operation.

As part of that expansion, Empire State Development says that Zweigle’s will hire up to 33 new employees; at least a dozen of those jobs will be reserved for workers impacted by poverty. Almost 60 jobs will be retained.

In the latest WXXI Business Report:

  • A local high-tech company is expanding and adding jobs.
  • The Cornell AgriTech facility in Geneva is helping a Rochester entrepreneur grow his business, which focuses on gourmet mushrooms.
  • End of an era for a well-known craft brew company.

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School funding was on the minds of some people attending the latest public input session about Distinguished Educator Jamie Aquino’s report on the Rochester City School District.

The report, released last fall, asks for a total reset in district management, finances and educational outcomes.

About 50 people joined Aquino, New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and two local regents, T. Andrew Brown and Wade Norwood, at East High School Thursday night.

The project  is a joint venture between LiDestri Food and Drink and a Belgian company, called Crop's which would add more than 120 jobs. It involves a new production facility at Eastman Business Park. It is a $51 million project, and would be Lidestri’s fourth plant in the area.