Growth and inequality in Rochester

In economic development circles, the belief that a rising tide lifts all boats is an article of faith. But new research shows that in the recovery from the Great Recession, the gains have not been distributed equally.

The Luminate wager

Led by Sujatha Ramanujan, Luminate has the potential to further Rochester’s position at the forefront of cutting-edge technologies related to the manipulation of photons. If successful, it could silence skeptics who view the program as a passing fancy or believe the optics industry in Rochester is yesterday’s news.

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.

Balancing profit and purpose

Several local firms are among a growing number of certified B Corps pursuing a business model that requires high standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability.

Why digital disparity persists

The “digital divide” is not defined solely by geography. Income matters too. State-of-the-art infrastructure will not bring broadband access to those who cannot afford it.

More growth in business confidence

Siena College Research Institute’s new survey of top executives finds optimism rising in the Rochester region, while views of state government sink lower.