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Its official: A $110 million federal grant will be matched with half a billion dollars in public and private investments in order to create a Photonics Research and Manufacturing Hub in Rochester. Vice President Joe Biden, Under Secretary of Defense Frank Kendall, and Governor Andrew Cuomo came together with Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Mayor Lovely Warren, and other prominent officials at the Canal Ponds Business Park to make the announcement.

Higher Education Is Key To Photonics Partnership

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Education, business and government: The three way partnership that led to Rochester becoming home of a federal American Institute for Manufacturing in Photonics.

At least two of this area’s college presidents are ready for the challenge outlined by Vice President Joe Biden, who said a trained workforce is a key to success.

RIT President Dr. Bill Destler agrees.

WATCH: Photonics Institute Annoucement

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Vice President Joe Biden joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, and other officials to announce that Rochester would be the home of the U.S. photonics manufacturing innovation hub. 

Photonics Adds To UR Goal To Boost Rochester

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It may remind you of how Kodak used to lead our community back in the days when it printed money - or rather, film.

Now, the University of Rochester, through its 27-thousand member workforce, hopes to create positive change in a manner reminiscent of the old "Kodak town."

President Joel Seligman spoke about the effort with WXXI at the announcement Monday of the Photonic Institute award to Rochester.

Seligman chairs the regional economic development council, which works to turn “big picture” visions into real opportunity. He also runs our area's largest employer.

LISTEN: Speeches From The Photonics Institute

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If you missed Monday's speeches regarding the photonics institute coming to Rochester, you can hear them here.

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How has food writing changed? In Rochester, there are newspaper writers, but there are also food podcasts and blogs and more. We’ll look at how we communicate about food, and whether democratization of food criticism is a positive development. Our panel:

Rochester City Council is releasing a survey designed to see how they feel about the plan for police to wear body cameras. Even though City Council doesn't officially vote on the policy that will implement the policy, it wanted to help gather input from city residents.

The survey received nearly 3,000 responses and nearly 88 percent of those surveyed think that RPD officers should wear a camera.

Councilman Adam McFadden, who is the Chair of the Public Safety Committee, says the survey backs up what he's heard from many constituents.

Watch Need to Know with host Hélène Biandudi Hofer Thursdays at 8pm on WXXI-TV, Channel 21.1 and Cable 11 or 1221.

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News)  A $610 million research and manufacturing hub dedicated to the science of photonics _ the use of light in technology _ will be developed in western New York, federal and state officials said Monday, which could mean thousands of jobs for the region.