Ground has been broken for a new manufacturing facility to be used by American Packaging in Monroe County.

Governor Cuomo says the project will lead to the creation of more than 260 jobs over the next five years as well as help ensure that the current 170 employees there are retained. He says the project will also create 100 construction jobs.

A longtime haven for local music aficionados is closing its doors for good. Record Theatre announced Tuesday it is shuttering its last retail location on Main Street in Buffalo this summer.

A local high tech company is expanding in Rochester, and they have big plans for future growth.

The company is called CloudCheckr, and they provide cloud computing services for various businesses.

Its CEO and co-founder Aaron Newman says they currently employ more than 100 people, about 75 in Rochester, and that number should double in a year.

A local maker of commercial trucking equipment is expanding and adding more than 50 jobs in the process.

Governor Cuomo has announced that EkoStinger will move from its current location in Henrietta to a new, larger facility on Despatch Drive in East Rochester.

The company will create 53 new full-time jobs and retain seven existing jobs. EkoStinger makes a system for tractor trailers that protects the bottom of the trailer while also increasing fuel economy.

Monroe Community College trustees have approved a tuition increase of $180 for full time, in-state students for the coming school year.

The four percent increase raises tuition to $4,280 a year.

MCC officials attribute the increase to a predicted decline in enrollment and the result loss of state aid.

College president Anne Kress says the drop in enrollment is being seen around the country.

Randy Gorbman looks at the connection between a major clean energy jobs initiative announced by Governor Cuomo and Cornell University.  Also, the expected economic impact from an upcoming major golf tournament, a new job for former State Senator Mike Nozzolio, and goodbye to Radio Shack.

The WXXI Business report looks at business and economic issues facing the Rochester area including Western New York and the Finger Lakes.

The New York State Legislature is back at the Capitol for three weeks of meetings before the session ends later in June. A number of advocacy groups say there’s an opportunity for lawmakers to act to address some of the harm that they say President Donald Trump’s policies are causing. But divisions in the Legislature may hinder any chance of achievements.

The University of Rochester has named a new dean for the College in Arts, Sciences and Engineering.

He is Jeffrey Runner, who is chair of the Dept. of Linguistics at the U of R.  Runner succeeds Richard Feldman, who served as dean of the college for the past decade. Feldman will return to the philosophy faculty following a year of leave.

Runner will begin a five year term beginning in July, pending final approval by the Board of Trustees.

President Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will leave the Paris climate deal.

Here are five things that could be affected by the decision.

1. The coal industry

Even coal companies had lobbied the Trump administration to stay in the agreement.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’ll sign an executive order committing the state to meet the Paris climate accord standards, calling President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement “reckless” and “irresponsible.” And the governor says he’s joining with the governors of the states of California and Washington to form a coalition of states that are committed to upholding the Paris Accord.

New York state already has begun a plan to get 50 percent of the state’s energy from renewable sources, like wind and solar, by 2030. But it is not without some controversy.


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