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Coming Up on Connections: Tuesday, December 29th

Dec 29, 2015

First hour: The year in money

Second hour: What's new and what's next for Greentopia?

From the stock market, to new products, to corporate rivalries, to jobs, this year in money saw record highs and lows. We'll spend the first hour discussing the ups and downs, the winners and losers, and how all of this will impact consumers in 2016. Our guests:

  • Amit Batabyal, Ph.D., professor of economics, RIT
  • George Conboy, chairman, Brighton Securities

In our second hour, we turn to gardening...in the winter. Greentopia is gearing up to unveil its first project: the FlourGarden at Brown's Race. The nearly $1 million linear garden is part of the first phase of the GardenAerial capital project, which is expected to revitalize the Genesee River Gorge and the High Falls area. Since founding Greentopia in 2011, Lewis Stess and Michael Philipson have become involved in number of sustainability and community development projects. Critics say their enthusiasm for generating new ideas keeps them from implementing original initiatives, but as Stess and Philipson recently told the Democrat and Chronicle, they see it as a desire to succeed. We'll spend the hour learning about how Greentopia's projects will benefit the community, what's next for the organization, and how Greentopia's priorities have evolved over the past four years. Our guests:

  • Lewis Stess, Greentopia co-founder, president, and CEO
  • Michael Philipson, Greentopia co-founder and CCO