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Coming up on Connections: Friday, August 11th

Aug 11, 2017

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First hour: Should Upstate New Yorkers move to find jobs?

Second hour: Candidates for Rochester City School Board, group one

 In a Wall Street Journal interview last week, President Trump made comments about Upstate New York that have led to a debate about the state of the job market and the economy in our region. He said that Upstate New York “just isn’t working,” and its residents should move elsewhere to find jobs. He also suggested people just leave their homes behind, even if they can’t sell them. His comments were related to news surrounding the electronics manufacturer Foxconn, which was considering building a new plant in Wisconsin instead of Utica (days later, Foxconn did select Wisconsin as its preferred site). But is the state of the economy in Upstate New York as bleak as the President suggests? Have you considered moving out of the area to find work? Our guests help us understand the jobs outlook and economic development in our region:

  • Matt Hurlbutt, interim president and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise
  • Matt Horn, Geneva City Manager
  • Mike Manikowski, chief economic developer for Ontario County 

Then in our second hour, six candidates are vying for three seats on the Rochester City School Board, and they all say it’s time for change. We sit down with the candidates in groups of three to learn why they are running, to hear their platforms, and to explore their ideas for improving struggling schools and increasing the ranks of teachers of color in the district. It’s your chance to meet the candidates and ask your questions. In studio:

  • Cynthia Elliott
  • Beatriz LeBron
  • Natalie Sheppard