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A local high tech company is adding jobs. Empire State Development says that ON Semiconductor is planning to grow operations at its Lake Avenue facility at the Eastman Business Park.

It will expand its current test and assembly operations creating up to 34 jobs over the next two years, and the state says the expansion will also help retain 185 jobs.

ON Semiconductor’s facility is also home to the local photonics Testing, Assembly and Packaging or “TAP “ facility, which leases space from ON Semiconductor

(WXXI News & AP) It's official. The joint proposal developed by economic development agencies in Rochester and Buffalo have now submitted what they are calling “an extremely sophisticated and compelling bid” to Amazon in response to the ‘request for proposals’ put out by Amazon for a second headquarters.

With a project that could see Amazon spending as much as $5 billion and hiring 50,000 workers, it  has resulted in a mad rush of metro areas around the country submitting bids to the online retailing giant. The proposals were due Thursday.

Amazon announced last week that it's looking for a home for its second headquarters. Could Rochester be in the running?

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy says yes, and he has already written two letters to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, touting Rochester's qualifications.

Amazon says it will invest $5 billion in "HQ2" and create 50,000 new jobs over the next two decades. Its requirements for a new home include a metropolitan area with at least a million people, a skilled labor force, and access to transit.

But what would it take to bring Amazon to Rochester? What kind of tax credits, workforce grants, and utility incentives would be required to woo the company here? And if Rochester delivered and won the bid, would it be worth it? Our guests weigh in. In studio:

A vacant dairy plant in Batavia is being re-purposed and will result in millions of dollars of investment in that facility  and more than 200 jobs.

That announcement was made by Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday when he visited the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park. 

The dairy company HP Hood is buying the plant previously operated by the Muller-Quaker venture a couple of years ago, and Hood will use the plant to make extended shelf-life dairy products.

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Ground has been broken for a new manufacturing facility to be used by American Packaging in Monroe County.

Governor Cuomo says the project will lead to the creation of more than 260 jobs over the next five years as well as help ensure that the current 170 employees there are retained. He says the project will also create 100 construction jobs.

What Governor Andrew Cuomo describes as the nation’s largest hydroponic commercial greenhouse will locate its operations at the Eastman Business Park.

Clearwater Organic Farms will build a 650,000 square foot facility that will produce fresh, locally grown, organic baby leaf greens year-round. The project is expected to create 137 new full-time jobs, most of which will be in packaging, shipping, receiving and warehousing. 55 of those jobs are reserved for veterans or those who are underemployed.

In this Business Report we hear about the process beginning for organizations and businesses that want to apply for a piece of the $800 million in New York State’s economic development fund.

Also, efforts by the University of Rochester and other research institutions to highlight how federal research dollars have been effective./

And we remember Larry Levite, well-known in Western NY media circles, who died recently. His publications include 585 magazine.

A local manufacturer is adding jobs.

Optimax Systems, a maker of precision optics, is expanding its research and development operations and will create 35 jobs. The Wayne County company says the expansion will also help them retain 271 existing jobs.

It is a $3 million expansion, and Empire State Development has offered a grant of up to $250,000 in return  for the  job creation commitment.

Optimax also says it will be buying equipment from QED, a Rochester based company.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo has named  Jeff Adair to be the Director of the county's planning and development department; he will also function as the county's chief economic development officer.

Dinolfo had announced earlier this year there would be a nationwide search for the position which will also include Adair acting as executive director for COMIDA, the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency.

Adair is a former president of the county legislature; The Republican was term limited and could not run for re-election last year.

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The city of Rochester is taking steps to help local entrepreneurs get their businesses started and along with that, give an economic boost to the community.

The program utilizes a worldwide crowd funding effort called  Kiva, and it  relies on people all over the world, who lend money to startup businesses through the Internet.

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