A teenager from Batavia is in the final round of a nationwide invention competition.

The Frito-Lay "Dreamvention" contest asked kids to create something to solve everyday problems. 14 year old Andrew Young's "Toaster Shooter” is now in the running to win $250,000; up against four other teen inventors.

"I saw my grandma burn herself on a toaster, so I thought of shooting it out so you wouldn’t have to stick your fingers in it."

The toaster is tilted to the side and has bigger springs, so when your toast is done it shoots into the air and falls onto your plate.

For years, Amazon has been testing the limits of online deliveries — expanding the number of things you can order at the click of a button (sometimes literally), pushing shipments to arrive faster, toying with delivery by drones.

A local business services company is expanding.

Sutherland says it will be hiring more than 200 people in Rochester over the next two months.

Among the jobs they are looking to fill: sales consultants, technical support and customer service.

The company says it is offering very attractive salaries and benefits packages.

There are open interviews, Monday through Friday, from 10am to 6pm at 1180 Jefferson Road in Henrietta.

SunCommon NY, a distributor of renewable energy generation, including solar and wind projects, took the number one spot on the 31st annual Rochester Chamber Top 100 list of the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the Finger Lakes region. 

Waste services broker Waste Harmonics LLC and cardiac safety and respiratory services laboratory iCardiac Technologies, Inc. rounded out the top three. 

The Top 100 list ranks businesses based upon both dollar and percentage growth.

Now that the Kodak Center on West Ridge Road has been renovated, Eastman Business Park is looking to bring a restaurant, retail, and possible office space to a lot across the street.

Eastman Business Park president Dolores Kruchten said the 1.1 acre parcel is in a great location with potential customers within walking distance from the theater center and business park, and 35,000 to 40,000 vehicles passing by each day.

Tom Golisano, Paychex founder and local philanthropist announced Monday that he will be withholding a $90,000 tax payment until the town of South Bristol fixes the geese problem at his lakeside property.

Golisano says the town government in South Bristol has not done enough to help combat this problem. He said geese have always been an issue here, but were manageable in recent years.

This summer at times, he said he’s seen 200 geese on his Canandaigua lake house lawn, leaving behind feathers and waste.

Rochester and Buffalo have teamed up to make a bid for Amazon’s second North American headquarters. Billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs are at stake. But the New York bid will get stiff competition from north of the border.


Rochester Regional Health says it intends to source 100 percent of the electricity it uses from renewable energy sources and carbon free production by the year 2025.

President and CEO Eric Bieber says that's a big deal, and the organization will have to things differently as they go forward. 

But he maintains it's the right thing to do, and it equates to taking scores of cars off the road and burning many tons less coal.

A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has found that while the upstate economy fared pretty well during the last business cycle, the economy in Western New York is not as robust.

New York Federal Reserve senior economist Richard Deitz says while a lot of the jobs lost during the recession in Upstate New York have come back, there is still weakness, mainly in Rochester and Buffalo.

(WXXI News & AP) It's official. The joint proposal developed by economic development agencies in Rochester and Buffalo have now submitted what they are calling “an extremely sophisticated and compelling bid” to Amazon in response to the ‘request for proposals’ put out by Amazon for a second headquarters.

With a project that could see Amazon spending as much as $5 billion and hiring 50,000 workers, it  has resulted in a mad rush of metro areas around the country submitting bids to the online retailing giant. The proposals were due Thursday.

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