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.
Post Holiday Post
Back from Christmas break! Hope your holidays are pleasant. Unloading a few items from the very crowded Inbox:
- It is quite likely that area colleges and universities are playing the key role in this area's economic redevelopment. And they seem to understand it as well, if this new web site is any indication. The site offers data and showcases the resources available at 18 area institutions of higher learning. It was funded by a state and local grants of $105,000. The schools have a total enrollment of more 84,000 students. To date, some of the most popular search terms on the site include workforce development, internships, product testing, venture funding, and faculty and student research. University research is starting to have an impact with new companies, such as Vaccinex Inc.
- I think it is notable when something in our community gets done without the standard hulabaloo over public funding. The latest example: A new splash pool at the Seneca Park Zoo for elephants Genny C and Lilac. The splash pool will hold approximately 50,000 gallons of water, up to five feet deep. It will feature a sloping entrance that resembles a watering hole in their native environment. The pool will be funded in large part by $250,000 in private contributions raised through Monroe County's "Experience Great Things" campaign.
- This week brings to the close the third annual "Voice Your Choice" program, which gives you a chance to choose a company to supply your electricity and a pricing option. The deadline is Friday night.