Tesla and Panasonic have entered into a non-binding letter of intent under which they will begin collaborating on the manufacturing and production of photovoltaic cells and modules in Buffalo.

Scientists and engineers from around the world will be gathering in Rochester this week for the annual meeting of the Optical Society of America.

One symposium is focusing on the special challenges faced by women in the STEM fields.

"We are bringing women into the field, but they are not growing through the field," said Jie Qiao, an RIT associate professor, who founded and chairs the group Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship (WiSTEE).

(WXXI News & AP) New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says bid-rigging allegations related to Governor Andrew Cuomo's economic development programs show stronger oversight is needed.

DiNapoli says more robust scrutiny of the way public money was spent might have prevented the alleged acts from occurring.

A couple of big moves by Constellation Brands announced on Monday. The company is selling its Canadian wine business for just over $1 billion and is purchasing a  Washington-state based line of wines for $120 million.

Constellation is selling the Canadian wine business to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, the largest single-profession pension plan in Canada. Constellation will continue to own Black Velvet Whiskey and a related production facility in Alberta. The deal is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close by the end of the year.

Members of CSEA Unit 7400, which is the largest union providing public services in Monroe County, has voted to reject the terms of a proposed contract.  The vote was 377 yes and 463 no.

The ratification vote was a mail-in secret ballot held from September 22nd to October 6th. Approximately 1,700 CSEA workers have been working under terms of the previous contract which expired in December 2013.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's organic farming has grown over the past several years, led by milk sales, with agricultural land federally certified organic expanding to 934 operating farms last year.

The state comptroller reports sales of organic farm products rose 56 percent from 2008 to 2014 to $164 million.

That includes almost $94 million of organic milk from 402 farms, ranking second nationally in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's survey.

A Rochester doctor received the first Golisano Health Leadership Award on Thursday, for his decades-long career helping medically underserved communities.

Dr. Steve Sulkes, a professor of pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital, works with children with developmental and behavioral challenges. Sulkes has also focused extensively on increasing access to healthcare for people with intellectual disabilities.

A task force formed by Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello has issued its first report addressing a problem Bello calls one of the most concerning and frustrating issues facing homeowners: vacant or "zombie" properties.

He says those abandoned properties can contribute to crime and a have a serious, negative impact on property values.

Bello, who co-chairs the committee, says their recommendations can make a difference.

The Rochester economy has gone through some growing pains, but better days are ahead. That was one of the themes that came out of an annual event held Thursday on The State of Rochester's Economy hosted by the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation and Greater Rochester Enterprise.

The President of GRE,  Mark Peterson, was among the panelists addressing the need for more private investment in companies and other ventures in the Rochester area.

He says he understands why sometimes that capital investment has been slow to come here.

Xerox’s largest individual shareholder has filed a lawsuit that seeks to block the company from splitting into two separate businesses.

That according to the Wall Street Journal, which says that billionaire Darwin Deason has filed a lawsuit claiming that Xerox has violated an agreement it struck with him in 2009 when Xerox acquired his business, Affiliated Computer Services  (ACS).


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