A program designed to grow the local photonics industry is getting a new name as it officially launches in Rochester. 

It started the year as the Photonics Venture Challenge, when Governor Andrew Cuomo first announced it earlier this year. But now the competition, funded by $10 million through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, has been re-named Luminate NY.

The competition encourages optics, imaging and photonics companies from around the country who have entrepreneurial ideas.

Monroe County officials are announcing the next phase in the massive renovation project planned for the Greater Rochester International Airport.

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says the first significant bid package on the main terminal building is being released this week.

It includes an expanded center security checkpoint, with more efficient lanes for travelers and new areas to unpack and repack belongings before and after screening; a more secure way to have passengers exit and a new greeting area in the lower level of the terminal.

RIT welcomes new president

Jul 5, 2017

David Munson says becoming the new president at Rochester Institute of Technology is a dream come true.

Munson was greeted by students and staff in a welcome line on the RIT campus this morning.

He was named the school’s tenth president in January, and started his tenure July 1st.

After tracking RIT's progress, Munson says he has plenty of ideas.

The latest monthly survey on small business job growth by Paychex and the research firm IHS shows a decline in that growth but an increase in wages.

That’s a trend that Paychex CEO Martin Mucci says this survey has seen over the last few months.

June marked four consecutive months of decline nationwide in small business job growth, but national hourly wages were up nearly there percent compared to a year ago.

The historically high water levels on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River this year have presented those in the shipping industry with both challenges and opportunities.

The ride hailing era in upstate has begun. Central New Yorkers began using Uber or Lyft to snag a ride Thursday.

Uber, the bigger of the two ride hailing operations, came to Syracuse to offer an example of how the app based ride hailing system works. Uber spokesman Sean Connor hailed a car in Armory Square.

“One of the great things about the app, it tells me the make, model and driver, so I get into the right car -- which is important,” Connor said.

A growing number of New York lawmakers are saying this year's historic flooding along Lake Ontario was not only caused by Plan 2014, but also by the execution of it.

In the world of high-tech and venture capitalism, there are three requirements: entrepreneurs, investors and customers. UB's Bright Buffalo Niagara Entrepreneur Expo on Wednesday looked to bring those parties together.


Seneca Nation President Todd Gates and North Collins Town Supervisor John Tobia on Monday signed an agreement that will provide safe drinking water for the hamlet of Lawtons in North Collins. It is one of three areas in Western New York cited for having tap water that was a health threat in a recent report from the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended malt barley crop insurance to 44 counties in New York state. Before, only four counties in the state had crop insurance for their malt barley -- a key ingredient in the manufacturing of beer.

Those in the industry said that lack of widespread access to insurance has limited the number of farmers who were willing to grow the crop. Malt barley is seen as a risky venture because of its delicate nature and susceptibility to severe weather.

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