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Welcome to the business page, a blog where I'll take you behind the scenes of greater Rochester's fast-changing economy. My name is Ben Rand, and I intend to introduce you to some of the personalities, concepts and events that make news in business here. I've been a business reporter for eight years in Rochester and a journalist for 18, working in four states. I grew up in Pittsford, but moved away after college for about a decade. My wife and I live in Irondequoit with our two children.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Military Matters and Rochester

Three area companies are slated to receive money from the 2007 appropriations bill for the Department of Defense.

  • Pictometry International Inc. of Henrietta has been preliminarily approved to receive $1 million to build a state-of-the-art visual imaging tool for the U.S. Marine Corps. Pictometry markets a pioneering system for capturing and analyzing aeral images. The system is in use in most major metropolitan areas in the United States.
  • Harris RF Communications of Rochester is on tap to land $3 million to make high-tech, high-frequency radios for the U.S. Army Reserve. Harris RF is one of the region's economic success stories, having grown from scratch to employ more than 1,500 people here.
  • Icuiti Corp. of Brighton may get a $1.8 million check to design a microdisplay computer lens system for use in special and clandestine operations. The system will allow users to view information on a monitor small enough to be concealed in a pair of sunglasses. Microdisplays are extremely small, typically less than one inch in size, but provide high resolution images.

Announcement of the grants came from the office of U.S. Rep. Thomas Reynolds, R-Clarence, but the money still must be approved by the U.S. Senate and signed into law by President Bush.


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