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.
Items from the notebook:
- The choice of Deputy Mayor Patricia Malgieri as this year's Athena Award winner is interesting in part for where she works. Both she and last year's winner, Jean Howard, are top advisers to Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy. The Athena Award recognizes a top female professional. It would seem to be a good measure of the type of talent that Duffy has been able to recruit; only time will tell how long he's able to hang on to them.
- WHAM-13 news anchor Ginny Ryan, the MC of the awards, told a joke at the ceremony that involves Adam and Eve. The punchline has God advising Eve that he created man with a bit of ago, and as a result, "You are going to have to let him believe I made him first."
- The proposal for new housing at High Falls marks another part of Kodak's effort to help assist the local economy. The company will donate its visitor parking lot along State Street to the new apartment building, which will include condos and town homes. It sounds as if the project may extend to the next block, which is filled with a couple of small businesses (but little else.)