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images (3)The City will conduct a public informational meeting to discuss the Inner Loop East Reconstruction Project on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of Rochester City Hall, 30 Church St. The proposed project will eliminate a 2/3-mile segment of the Inner Loop Expressway between Monroe Avenue and Charlotte Street and replace it with a, “Complete street,” which is designed to accommodate all users including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders.

The project’s goal is to increase traffic safety, reconnect neighborhoods with the Center City and make available parcels of land for mixed-use redevelopment. Reclaiming this land will raise local tax revenues, create jobs and generate private investment.

“This project will benefit the entire city,” said Mayor Thomas S. Richards. “We are building a city that encourages walking, biking and enjoying the outdoor environment. Replacing this section of the Inner Loop will demonstrate the City’s commitment to fostering quality of life here in Rochester.”

The purpose of this meeting is to review the project, discuss preliminary design alternatives and solicit suggestions from the public. The project’s design consultants will give a detailed presentation and citizens can interact with City staff following the presentation.

Preliminary engineering and design is anticipated to be complete by winter 2013/2014. Final design will be complete by summer 2014 and, pending funding availability, construction may begin as soon as fall 2014.

Members of the public may contact City of Rochester Transportation Specialist, Erik Frisch at erik.frisch@cityofrochester.gov with comments and concerns prior to Sept. 15, 2013.

Additional project information is available at www.cityofrochester.gov/innerloopeast.

The Rochester International Jazz Fest

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, New York, has quickly become one of the nation’s most popular and most respected music festivals.

The Rochester International Jazz Fest start tomorrow on Friday June 21st featuring dozens of shows over the next nine days. The festival encompasses much more than jazz, with blues, rock, zydeco, world music, r’n’b, rockabilly, and other styles on display. And while you’ll have to pay to get into the Eastman Theatre and Club Pass Venue shows, there are dozens of free shows. This weekend check out Josh Panda & The Hot Damned and Dr. John & The Nite Trippers Friday and Delbert McClinton on Saturday at the free East & Chestnut stage. For a full schedule visit the Jazz Fest website, and for photos, exclusive interviews, daily concert reviews and more, check out rochestercitynewpsaper.com every day of the festival. rochesterjazz.com

2013LF_banner_insideThe day has arrived — the Rochester Lilac Festival kicks off today! Join us at NOON today for the opening ceremony and wear purple as we plan to break the record for the largest crowd wearing purple! Come smell the flowers … and fab food at lunchtime.

Rochester Lilac Festival

Friday, May 10, 2013 – Sunday, May 19, 2013 (10 Days)

10:30am-8:30pm Daily | Admission is Free

Highland Park, Rochester, NY | Directions

Venue Information

Monroe County’s famous Highland Park is a picturesque setting filled with gardens, rolling hills, large open spaces and so much more. More Info

Click Here to Download the Full 10-Day Event Schedule and Lilac Festival Map

Be A Part Of History!  Friday, May 10th at 12:00pm

News crews will be on hand to record the event! We want the whole world to know we have a “Passion For Purple” in Rochester, NY!!

It’s an Opening Day celebration like no other! Wear your purple and join us at Center Stage! Together we’ll set the record for the biggest crowd of people wearing purple ever assembled!  Park FREE at any of the three Public Lots until 3pm.  More Parking Info

 Live Music & Children’s Entertainment All Day, Every day!

View the Full Schedule including Concert Lineup and Children’s Entertainment Stageschedule More Info

Download The Mobile App

Get the Lilac Festival Souvenir Cam and full festival schedule on your phone! Plus, we’ll be giving away prizes and upgrades throughout the Lilac Festival More Info

It’s Easier Than Ever To Visit The Festival!

Now with three designated Public Parking Lots offering close-in access, free parking weekdays through 3:00pm More Info

Special Events at the Festival

  • YNN Lilac Parade Saturday, May 11, 2013 More Info
  • One-Of-A-Kind Shopping Art & Craft Weekends feature over 120 artists and craftsmen selected through a juried process. More Info
  • Medved Lilac 10K and 5K Family Fun Run Sunday, May 19, 2013 More Info
  • Wine & Chocolate Tasting Tuesday, May 14th; Wednesday, May 15th; and Thursday, May 16th More Info
  • Craft Beer Garden Serving All Festival Hours More Info

Seniors Day is Wednesday, May 15th

Save all day with special Seniors discounts on food and beverage at the Big Top Foot Tent and throughout the festival! Enjoy a special afternoon concert performance with the Smugtown Stompers at 1:30pm at Center Stage.

Lilac Festival Ground Rules

This is family and environmentally friendly festival!

Bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates and pets are not allowed. With the exception of one sealed bottle of water, visitors may not bring food or beverages into the festival grounds. For the safety of all guests, there is a “no chairs” policy. Umbrellas and blankets are welcome.  Minors should be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult. Cameras with detachable lenses are not allowed without a Springut Group Inc. issued press pass.

Purchasing Lilac Trees and Bushes

Lilac trees and bushes will be available for purchase during the Festival. To take yours home, look for the tent outside the Lamberton Conservatory in Highland Park.  For more information, you may call the Lamberton Conservatory directly at 585-753-7270

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The City of Rochester is releasing new information about the filming of scenes for the movie “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”.  The city says filming will happen April 30th to May 9th.  On a webpage created to answer questions about the filming the city says, “The production team is looking for extras! Send your name, a photo of yourself, the year, make, and model of your car, and your contact information to rochester@gwcnyc.com to be considered. Please note that the City of Rochester is not involved with the extra selection process.”

For a link to the City’s new movie webpage click here.

The City sent out the following release on Thursday:

City of Rochester

News Release

Preparations Underway for Major Movie Shoot Downtown

(Thursday, April 11, 2013) – Mayor Thomas S. Richards met with the producer of The Amazing Spiderman 2 movie this week to discuss the logistics of the production that will take place Downtown. The major motion picture shoot is set to begin on Tuesday, April 30 and is expected to wrap up by Thursday, May 9. Action sequences will be shot on Main Street, between South Plymouth Avenue and East Avenue, requiring some portion of Main Street to be closed each day during the filming from approximately 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“This is a fun and exciting time for Rochester and we are looking forward to welcoming the more than 300 crew members to our city,” Mayor Richards said. “At the same time, this is a very large event and our number one priority is making sure that the public is informed of all the necessary road closures and that movie fans are not in any areas that may cause safety concerns.”

Surrounding streets will be closed intermittently during this time and some areas will be closed to pedestrians. These details are subject to change as the production company finalizes its schedule. City officials have been meeting with the Rochester Police Department, Rochester Fire Department, Monroe County Dept. of Transportation and the Rochester/Finger Lakes Film & Video Office to finalize plans for street detours and closures as well as measures to best keep the public informed. RTS buses using Main Street will be re-routed for the duration of the film shoot. Details will be posted on this page and on www.rgrta.com as soon as they become available. Discussions with the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA) and the Rochester City School District are ongoing regarding alternate bus routes for students and the potential impact this may have on them–which is expected to be minimal.

The City will provide information regarding filming activity, with comprehensive information to be posted at www.cityofrochester.gov/spiderman. The website will feature street maps detailing street and sidewalk closures, and “frequently asked questions” sections for the public, Downtown residents, workers and business owners and the media. Updates will also be posted on the City’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityofRochesterNY as well as on Twitter, @cityrochesterny, #SpideyROC.  In addition, City customer service representatives will be available by phone at 311, 24 hours-a-day to answer detour related questions. Callers outside of city limits may call (585) 428-5990.

Wegmans Food Markets Inc.  has been named to Fortune’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the 16th consecutive year.

Officials said the company came in fifth this year, one spot down from 2012. The full list of companies is available exclusively on Fortune’s iPad app and will appear in the Feb. 4 issue of Fortune.

Wegmans has appeared on Fortune’s list every year since it was first published in 1998. It has been ranked in the top 10 for the last 11 years.

The methodology for the list is based on employee surveys that feature questions about pay, benefit programs, hiring practices, training, diversity efforts and more.

“Our employees are the No.1 reason our customers shop at Wegmans,” said CEO Danny Wegman, in a statement. “I’m convinced there is only one path to great customer service, and that is through employees who feel they are cared about and empowered.”

Wegmans also said it will be hiring for new stores set to open in Germantown, Md. in September; Montgomeryville, Pa. in November; and Newton, Mass. in early 2014.

(c) 2013 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email service@rbj.net.

RochesterRochester, N.Y.
We know: How is Rochester even in the same league as London, New Orleans or even Austin?

Kodak (EK_) is crumbling, Xerox (XRX_) is struggling with relevancy. From the outside, by rights, Rochester shouldn’t have much to look forward to in 2012. The problem is, it’s just not true.

Employers such as Bausch & Lomb and Genesee Brewing parent North American Breweries have kept Rochester’s unemployment below 7% and falling. The latter has also managed to boost its beer business nearly 7% in 2010 while overall U.S. beer sales fell 1%. The real estate market, meanwhile, is a wonder: Home prices are actually up 1.4% since 2010 and have been rising steadily since the housing boom.

Sure, there are cold winters, feet of lake-effect snow and a sky that turns gray in October and usually stays that way until April. But the city that’s been shrinking since the 1960s feels downright cozy in the treat-stocked aisles of a Wegmans supermarket, over a cheeseburger-and-mac-salad garbage plate at Nick Tahou’s or with a Genny Cream Ale and a rack of ribs at Dinosaur Barbecue. It’s shockingly stable, and that’s about the best any city can ask for in 2012.

“That’s my hometown, and knowing what’s happened to Kodak and other pillars of the local economy, I was surprised when Rochester scored on the Top 5 list. I applied the same formula to all cities and did not have my thumb on the scale,” Trulia’s Kolko says. “Prices — which fell little during the boom — are stable, and the economy has weathered blow after blow and is expanding.”

Written by Jason Notte in Boston.

Rochester, N.Y. –  RIT is opening a new Center for Urban Entrepreneurship in downtown Rochester.

University leaders made the announcement Monday morning at a news conference.

According to RIT President Bill Destler, “Downtown Rochester is at a critical development juncture. RIT’s presence will serve as a catalyst and assist in a downtown resurgence. With a focus on entrepreneurship, we will see potential for reshaping the region’s economy through new business development.”

The new center will be located in the former Rochester Savings Bank building on Franklin Street.

The building will also be converted into a multi-use venue for other RIT activities.

The anticipated opening of the center is Fall 2013.

Rochester Fun Fact:
Innovation and adaptability persevere in Rochester. Our residents are granted patents three times more often per capita than the rest of the U.S.  Rochester generates new high technology business start ups occur at the rate of one or two a month. Many of these new ventures in optics and imaging. Private funding sources, combined with public and academic programs, fuel many of the new ventures. A non-profit organization, High technology of Rochester, Inc., has been created by industry, government, and academia to foster the areas high tech industry. The organization conducts forums and seminars on starting new businesses.