How Rochester’s urban revival ranks

In many U.S. regions, good-paying jobs and college-educated people are returning to cities, reversing suburban flight. New research by urban studies expert Richard Florida offers the opportunity to benchmark Rochester against the nation’s largest cities.

A serious flaw in Rochester 2034

One goal of the new draft comprehensive plan is to make neighborhoods more vibrant by increased residential density. But unless parking requirements are maintained, this would drive out higher-income residents who can afford the oversize 19th century homes that lend character to center city.

Rochester and the ‘superstar’ cities

A highly educated workforce and other assets have helped our region in its transition to a knowledge-based economy. But at the same time, are Rochester and other midsize metropolitan areas falling farther behind tech powerhouses like Boston, New York City and San Francisco?

The way forward for upstate businesses

Deindustrialization left our region with a rich and storied history, but no clear path to the future. Now, the founders of globally competitive local companies are showing how to leverage the research and talent that sets upstate apart.

Building the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem

At a recent RocGrowth event, Marnie LaVigne of LaunchNY and Nasir Ali of Upstate Venture Connect described what their nonprofit organizations are doing to help entrepreneurs be successful in Upstate New York. (video)

Craft brewers barrel ahead

Small, independent brewing operations have boomed in Rochester and statewide, but overall beer consumption nationwide has stalled. Are craft brewers also nearing a saturation point?

Let’s embrace Rochester’s cultural identity

Economic developers talk of “ecosystems,” a recognition that institutions, concentrations of knowledge and focused leadership spur economic vitality and growth. There is no stronger example in Rochester than the ecosystem that nurtures creative expression.

A cooperative model

ROC2025 is a new partnership between Rochester Downtown Development Corp., Greater Rochester Enterprise and the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce. It is designed to put private money to work to attract and retain businesses.