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Rochester Photonics Hub

Rochester will be the site of a new integrated photonics manufacturing innovation hub for the United States. Read WXXI News' coverage of this major economic development initiative and what it means for you and the region.

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

Jul 27, 2015

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

Jul 27, 2015

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

Vice President Joe Biden


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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. 

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Proponents of the optics and photonics institute that Vice President Joe Biden will formally announce during a visit to Rochester Monday have been working for years to achieve this result.

They can be forgiven then, if they sometimes get into the weeds when it comes to explaining what optics and photonics are all about. So here's a quick elevator speech to help.

Optic and photonics technologies drive computer and smartphone displays and are used in virtually every sector including medical research, engineering, aerospace and the automotive industry.

(Watch the great video explainer after the jump.)

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Vice President Joe Biden visits the Greece Canal Ponds Business Park for a speech on Monday morning.

It's for one of this area's most eagerly anticipated announcements in years and the Congresswoman who was key in  moving the project along believes it will help lead to an economic transformation in the Rochester area.

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