Why ITX chose downtown

Based in suburban Rochester since 2001, the maker of web and mobile software products considered other locations including Portland, Ore., before deciding to move into the center city.

RIT aims to be a cyber defense leader

Endowed executive director Steve Hoover says the university’s Global Cybersecurity Institute, slated to open next year, will boost the Rochester brand in technology and help draw businesses and talent to the region.

Behind the screens

The JCC Ames Amzalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival begins July 7. Andrea Miller, director of the festival, says that for many people the weeklong event is their way of celebrating and learning about their culture.

An innovation showcase

The latest in optics, photonics and imaging technologies will be on display at Luminate’s “Light Tomorrow with Today” Demo Day. Slated for June 27, the startup accelerator program will also award $2 million in follow-on funding to its second cohort of startups.

Light and sounds of the future

The 2019 Light & Sound Interactive Conference runs June 25-27. Terry Clas, chairman of the event, believes LSI builds upon Rochester’s proud legacy in manufacturing, photography, and optics.

Taking a stand for peace and a safe neighborhood

On May 30, children of Cameron Community Ministries’ after school program will march for peace in the Lyell/Otis neighborhood. Jennifer Muniga, executive director of Cameron Community Ministries, says it is a powerful experience.

Using science to jump-start growth

Economist Jonathan Gruber believes Rochester has what it takes to become a next-generation technology hub. To do so, he says, our city “needs to demonstrate an enormous commitment to scientific advance.”

Why bottom-up, grassroots action is needed

ROCitizen co-director Ravi Mangla believes problems such as systemic racism and economic inequality must be addressed head-on. He answers four questions from the Beacon about ROCitizen’s efforts to build community wealth and stronger, more connected neighborhoods.

Powering up for growth

With a $41 million investment, Virginia’s Aldrich Capital Partners is now the new owner of eHealth Technologies. Jeff Markin, CEO of eHealth, answers four questions posed by the Beacon about the company’s future in Rochester.