Two companies will be bringing 600 jobs in Western New York and the Southern Tier.

That according to New York Senator Charles Schumer, who says that Pioneer and ConServe have been awarded federal contracts to help the IRS collect unpaid taxes.

Schumer says the jobs will be coming to Monroe, Wyoming and Chemung Counties.

Pioneer now has three facilities in the region, two in Wyoming County in the towns of Arcade and Perry and another in Chemung County in Horseheads.  That company expects to hire up to 300 people.

Rochester Institute of Technology

Instruments designed by a team of Rochester Institute of Technology students to help children with disabilities won a top award Thursday at the 2016 Greater Rochester Excellence and Achievements in Technology Awards.

Erika Madison, Mariana Pinheiro and Doug Huang won the Student Achievement Award for Smart Toy, described by RIT as interactive instruments that “stimulate the senses of children with low-motor coordination skills through the use of textures, sounds, vibrations and light patterns.”

Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle calls the developments involving the bribery and fraud case “troubling news.” In terms of any impact on the efforts involving development of a photonics hub in Rochester, the Irondequoit Democrat doesn't sound overly concerned.

He says he had earlier difficulties with SUNY Polytechnic Chief Alain Kaloyeros, when there were disagreements over where to put a photonics headquarters in Downtown Rochester, but that later was resolved, Morelle says, because of objections local officials had about the transparency of the entire process.

Much of the anger and anxiety in the 2016 election are fueled by the sense that economic opportunity is slipping away for many Americans. This week, as part of NPR's collaborative project with member stations, A Nation Engaged, we're asking the question: What can be done to create economic opportunity for more Americans?

NEW YORK (AP)  A federal prosecutor on Thursday accused two people close to Gov. Andrew Cuomo of bribery and fraud relating to Cuomo's high-profile economic development projects in a significant blow to the Democratic governor's administration. 

A transformation for Rochester’s airport. That’s what Governor Andrew Cuomo talked about today during a stop Wednesday morning at the USA Airports hangar.

Cuomo announced that Rochester is one of two winners of an upstate airport competition for state money.  The Greater Rochester International Airport will get $40 million in funding as part of a $63 million project.  $23 million comes from local sources.

The latest numbers on unemployment from the NYS Labor Department show a drop in joblessness compared to a year ago.

The August unemployment rate for the Rochester area was 4.5 percent, compared to 4.7 in July and 4.8 percent in August of 2015.

State labor analyst Tammy Marino says there has been consistent progress in terms of the area's employment situation.

The George Eastman Museum has received a $148,000 federal grant to support its projects, Passages: The Gabriel Cromer Collection.

The grant comes from the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences through the Museums for America program.

The grant will allow the museum to catalog, digitize and provide online access to its collection of early French photography.

The collection comprises more than 4,000 objects housed at the Eastman Museum.

Compared to cities the same size, Rochester ranks second in overall poverty, first in child poverty, extreme poverty, and the rate of poverty for female-headed families.

Those are some of the findings in a report released Tuesday by ACT Rochester and the Rochester Community Foundation showing that poverty continues to be a growing problem in the region.

ACT Rochester senior director Ann Johnson it’s a crisis that has been decades in the making.

Get ready, America.

The White House wants you to know that the era of self-driving cars is closer than you might expect. And the federal government is preparing to roll out the rules of the road that officials say are needed to make sure automated vehicles are safe, accessible and efficient. And if done properly, they say the new vehicles will save time, money and lives.

They also say they want to avoid a "patchwork" of regulations that differ from state to state.

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