Rochester Beacon Events

The 2021 Economic Outlook: COVID and Beyond

Date: Jan. 14, 2021
Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. on Zoom

The Rochester Beacon has invited two prominent economists to explore the possible future for the economy as it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic:

■ Rochester native Jed Kolko, chief economist at Indeed, the world’s largest online jobs site, is keenly aware of employment trends at all levels of the economy. Previously he was chief economist and VP of analytics at Trulia, the online real estate site. He has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, FiveThirtyEight, Wonkblog, and Bloomberg View, and has authored a dozen academic articles.

■ Alfred University president Mark Zupan will offer the benefit of his long experience watching the business sector, particularly in New York and the Finger Lakes region. Previously he was the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics and Public Policy, director of the Bradley Policy Research Center and dean at the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School. His commentaries have appeared in media outlets such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, BusinessWeek and the Financial Times of London.

Moderator for the event will be Kent Gardner, chief economist at the Center for Governmental Research and Rochester Beacon opinion editor.

Terzioglu Cohen Group at Morgan Stanley, Canandaigua National Bank & Trust and the Rochester Area Community Foundation are sponsors of the Jan. 14 event on Zoom.

It is free to attend the event, but registration is required. Sign up now!

A Conversation with John Harris and Tom Hamburger

Date: Oct.6, 2020
Time: 12.00 p.m.

The Rochester Beacon will present an hourlong online conversation with two of the nation’s most respected and influential journalists—both Rochester natives—who from their unique perspectives will address the state of the nation’s politics as well as the outlook for local journalism:

John Harris – A Pittsford native, Harris spent two decades at the Washington Post, covering local politics, state politics in Virginia and national politics. He has authored two books on politics, including “The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House.” In 2007, he co-founded Politico, one of the most successful digitally focused journalism startups. He stepped down as editor-in-chief last year but continues to cover national politics as a Politico columnist.

Tom Hamburger – He grew up in Brighton and has worked as a reporter since 1976. Now with the Washington Post, Hamburger is a 2018 Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award recipient (for his work with a team of Washington Post reporters on Trump campaign and administration ties to Russia), and a political analyst for MSNBC. He is an investigative reporter focused on the intersection of money and politics in Washington.

It is free to attend the event, but registration is required. Sign up now!

Armbruster Capital Management Inc., Burke Group Inc. and The Estate, Legacy and Long-Term Care Planning Center of Western NY are presenting sponsors. Bond, Schoeneck & King is a gold sponsor.

Rebuild Upstate: Outlook for Healthcare

Date: July 9, 2020
Time: 12.00 p.m.

The Rochester Beacon, in partnership with Upstate Venture Connect, will host an online discussion with four health care executives

Mark Taubman M.D., CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center; Kim Townsend, CEO of the Loretto System in Syracuse; Rebecca Gould, president of Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls; and William Streck M.D., CEO of the Bassett Healthcare Network in Cooperstown will discuss describe their experiences navigating the COVID-19 crisis.

Register here.

Rebuild Upstate: The View Ahead

Date: June 4, 2020
Time: 12.00 p.m. – 1 p.m.

The Rochester Beacon, in partnership with Upstate Venture Connect, will host an online discussion with three upstate county executives.

Monroe County’s Adam Bello, Ryan McMahon from Onondaga County and Anthony Picente from Oneida County will discuss their experiences navigating the pandemic and share ideas on rebuilding the regional economy in the coming months.

The session is free to attend, but registration is required.

Rochester Beacon Solutions Forum: The City School District
Date: May 13, 2019
Time: 4.00 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: The College at Brockport Downtown, 161 Chestnut St., Rochester
Tickets: Free (registration required)

Join the Beacon and The College at Brockport’s Institute for Poverty Studies and Economic Development on May 13, 4-7 pm. Keynote speaker is Christopher Cerf, former superintendent of schools, Newark, N.J., who will discuss his experience with mayoral control in NYC and New Jersey’s bold takeover of Newark.

Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC is presenting sponsor of the event. Canandaigua National Bank & Trust, Costanza Enterprises Inc., Mengel Metzger Barr & Co. LLP and the Rochester Area Community Foundation are silver sponsors.

The forum will explore two levels of intervention in the city schools to improve their performance: state action, such as establishing mayoral control or imposing some form of receivership on the district, and local initiative empowering individual schools.

Respondents to Cerf’s remarks include Mayor Lovely Warren; Adam Urbanski, president of the Rochester Teachers Union; Rochester City School District parent Walida Monroe-Sims; and ROC the Future.

The second panel looks at school-level reforms, including:

• Charter schools, discussed by Anna Hall of the Northeast Charter School Network
• Community schools, discussed by Kirsten Barclay of the Farash Foundation
• Magnet schools designed to attract a diverse socioeconomic mix across districts, presented by Don Pryor of Great Schools for All; and
• New York State receivership, explained by Shaun Nelms, superintendent of East High School

Note: Seating capacity for this event has been reached; registration is closed.

Presenting sponsor:

Silver sponsors:

Canandaigua National Bank & Trust
Costanza Enterprises Inc
Mengel Metzger Barr & Co. LLP
Rochester Area Community Foundation

Rochester Beacon 2019 Economic Forecast Forum
Date: Jan. 28, 2019
Time: 5.00 p.m.
Location: The College at Brockport Downtown, 161 Chestnut St., Rochester
Tickets: $20

What economic challenges and opportunities await the Rochester region in 2019? How will the new Democratic Senate majority and other changes in Albany impact Upstate New York?

On Jan. 28, those questions and more will be the focus of the Rochester Beacon’s 2019 Economic Forecast Forum, hosted by the College at Brockport’s Institute for Poverty Studies and Economic Development. In addition, the results of Siena Research Institute’s annual survey of Upstate New York business leaders will be presented.

Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC is presenting sponsor of the event.

Seating is limited: Purchase your ticket now to guarantee your place at this event.

Here’s the lineup of experts on the panel:

Heather Briccetti, president and CEO, the Business Council of New York State;
Donald Levy, director, Siena College Research Institute;
E.J. McMahon, founder and research director, Empire Center for Public Policy;
Kate Washington, CEO, OWN Rochester;
Kent Gardner, chief economist, Center for Governmental Research, and opinion editor, Rochester Beacon; and
Alex Zapesochny, Rochester Beacon publisher and co-founder, and former president and CEO of iCardiac Technologies (moderator)

Event schedule:
5.00 p.m.: Registration and networking
5:30 p.m.: Program
7:00 p.m.: Post-event reception

Presenting sponsor: