Sandy Parker at the Rochester Rotary
Today's luncheon speaker was Sandy Parker, the CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance, who is becoming the poster child for efforts to improve the upstate economy. It was a year ago, during her annual rotary speech, when Parker kicked off Unshackle Upstate, a coalition of upstate business interests.
Anyway, Parker today was a bit more upbeat -- predicting a legislative success for the Unshackle coalition, but also flattish job growth, a delay in the Renaissance Square project in downtown Rochester and a Stanley Cup for the Buffalo Sabres, owned by Rochester's own Tom Golisano.
Perhaps the best one-liner, though, came from newscaster Don Alhart of Channel 13, a long-time Rotarian who warms up the crowd with a news report. One of his items today was about a zoo in Australia that is conducting an experiment by placing humans on display.
"They are already exhibiting strange behavior," Alhart said. "I understand they have formed a Rotary Club -- that, of course, because they were rejected by the Lions."