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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.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Items and observations

Some random thoughts from a business reporter on the move:
  • Wonder what the executives at Kodak and Xerox -- particularly CEOs Antonio Perez and Anne Mulcahy -- think about the widening scandal at Hewlett-Packard? Might this create some managerial distraction they could exploit in digital photography and printing?
  • Next week starts a new "Voice Your Choice" season at RG&E, where customers will be asked to choose a supplier of electricity and a pricing option for the next 12 months. Expect to start getting bombarded by Voice Your Choice materials soon.
  • Along those lines, there is a new choice available for small commercial customers in upstate New York, including Rochester. It's BlueRock Energy Inc., based in Syracuse.
  • Technology that's considered a "crown jewel" in the University of Rochester Medical Center's portfolio of intellectual property is moving forward in a unique partership with the FDA. Researchers will apply cutting-edge software for analyzing electrocardiograms to a ECG database the agency now maintains. The goal: To develop early predictors of cardiac risk. Related technology earlier this year was licensed to iCardiac Technologies Inc. of Rochester.
  • If you've been out on Monroe Avenue lately, you might be wondering what Wegmans is up to at its flagship Pittsford store. Seems the grocery chain is creating some breathing room for its growing base of patrons. Wegmans is adding 25 new parking spaces in the southeast corner of the property, near the entrance to Monroe Avenue. This follows the addition of about 50 spaces near the Tastings restaurant.

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