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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter says the new Rochester train station is on schedule to be completed by the end of summer.

She joined officials from the Pike Company, New York State Department of Transportation and local business leaders for a tour of the new facility.

Slaughter says the new station is nearly finished after three years of work, and this will be good for business in Rochester.

The WXXI Business report looks at business and economic issues facing the Rochester area including Western New York and the Finger Lakes.

Find out why local state unemployment numbers have shown a drop in jobs in the last several months - and why a state analyst feels the numbers don’t reflect the true jobs picture in Rochester. Plus we spotlight the expansion of ACM, a major locally based medical laboratory  company.

Free bus transportation for MCC students this fall

Jun 16, 2017

Monroe Community College and Regional Transit Service are announcing a new agreement to provide free bus transportation for students for the fall semester.

"I am delighted to announce that we have established a relationship with with RTS that allows MCC students to travel to and from the new downtown campus from the transit center, to and from the new downtown campus to the Brighton campus, and to and from the Transit Center to the Brighton campus free of charge with their MCC ID," said MCC President Anne Kress.

SNAP Collaborative back for its second year

Jun 15, 2017
Alex Crichton

Five area farmers markets are participating in the Farmers Markets Roc SNAP Collaborative, which returns for a second year. 

SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is formerly known as food stamps.

The Friends of the Public Market operates the token program at the Rochester Public Market.

Program director Margaret O'Neill says people can use their SNAP benefits at the city's Public Market, South Wedge Farmers Market, Westside Farmers Market, Brighton Farm Market, and Foodlink's mobile Curbside Markets.

Foodlink celebrates new state-of-the-art kitchen

Jun 14, 2017
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The regional food bank, Foodlink, celebrated the opening of its new community kitchen on Wednesday.

The 28,000 square foot facility will enable Foodlink to accomplish three distinctive initiatives:  production, processing and people, according to Executive Director Julia Tedesco.

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The NYS Board of Regents on Monday voted to reduce the number of days of student testing  for grades three through eight.

The changes for the English language arts and mathematics tests will take place in the spring of next year.

The number of days for the tests will be reduced from three to two.  Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa says the board wants to make certain the tests continue to provide a valid measure of student achievement.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has introduced the Trade Enforcement and Trade Deficit Reduction Act, to change how we approach international trade.

She says the bill comes on the heels of the administration's decision to start renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, which Slaughter voted against.

The legislation sets up an office in the Department of Commerce.

Alex Crichton

Even officials at the Genesee Brewery are surprised at the community response to the massive beer tanks passing through the Erie Canal.

Twelve 20-foot by 60-foot tanks have been shipped by barge and eventually will be trucked to the brewery and unloaded and put in place.

Director of project management, Mark Fabrizio, says they didn't anticipate the popularity of a project on the 200 year old Erie Canal designed to modify a 140 year old brewery.

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Spring flooding along Lake Ontario is damaging many homes along the shoreline, and it’s hurting people who have businesses there. Now, business owners say it will take a long time to recover -- even after the floodwaters go away.

Marge’s is a little bungalow bar in Rochester. Inside, there's a small wooden bar and a few games, but you don't go to Marge’s to stay inside.

Out back is a big stretch of beach looking out over Lake Ontario. There's a tiki hut, and frozen drink machine, and live music on the weekends.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the AIM Photonics project in Rochester is in the final planning stages to begin construction this summer.

Empire State Development’s Board of directors on Friday approved an $81 million dollar grant to equip and operate the Testing, Assembly and Packaging or “TAP “ facility.

That is located on Lake Avenue in Rochester at a former Kodak building at the Eastman Business park.  The building is owned by ON Semiconductor.

The state grant will be used for machinery, tools and other equipment.

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