The role of education in Rochester’s economy

The challenge of Rochester’s public schools has been the “elephant in the room” in every discussion of poverty and economic development for decades. On May 13, the Rochester Beacon Solutions Forum will explore possible solutions to the problem of Rochester’s underperforming schools.

What’s wrong with this picture?

A recent article on political prejudice concludes that Jefferson County in New York is the least politically prejudiced county in the nation. Can we trust the data?

Kodak’s long shadow

Employment and GDP data reveal the impact of Kodak’s decline on the Rochester metro economy.

Small business survival in a big-box universe

Vittorio Menswear & Tuxedo’s sideline—shipping and receiving UPS packages—illustrates the creativity locally owned shops must have to hold their own against national competitors.

AIM aid needs an overhaul

We would think that the state’s Aid and Incentives for Municipalities should be driven by a formula based on community need? If that’s the case, the formula seems to work poorly.

How do we measure poverty?

The official poverty threshold is equal to three times the cost of a minimum food diet in 1963, adjusted for family size. Is it an adequate measure?