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Bob Duffy Statement on COMIDA Amazon Waiver Approval

May 18, 2021

ROCHESTER, NY, May 18, 2021 “Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce is proud that Amazon chose Rochester for the projects underway in Gates and Ogden. Greater Rochester Chamber actively supported this waiver request and the larger projects, and we will always stand up for economic growth and prosperity. Beyond the direct jobs that result from this…

Bob Duffy Statement on Announcement NYS Will Adopt CDC Mask Guidelines

May 17, 2021

ROCHESTER, NY, May 17, 2021 “Greater Rochester Chamber was pleased to hear Governor Cuomo’s announcement that New York State will adopt the CDC’s mask guidelines effective Wednesday, May 19. As a state with some of the highest vaccination rates in the nation, New York is ready to reopen and get back to a normal, healthy…

Governor Cuomo Signs New York Health and Essential Rights Act (HERO Act) Into Law, Including Chapter Amendments

May 11, 2021

The standards codify many of the requirements currently applicable to employers pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s COVID-19-related executive orders and New York Forward re-opening guidelines. The HERO Act also requires employers to permit their employees to form a “workforce safety committee” with the authority to review and police employer compliance with the new standards. The HERO Act will…

Rochester Red Wings Can Host May 18 Home Opener Using May 19 Expanded Attendance Guidelines

May 11, 2021

Earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that large-scale outdoor venues could increase capacity effective May 19. For baseball, this means “vaccinated sections” could host 100% capacity and “unvaccinated sections” could host 33% capacity. With the Rochester Red Wings home opener planned for the evening of May 18, Greater Rochester Chamber swung into action to…

SBA Administrator Guzman Announces Application Opening for $28.6 Billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund

April 27, 2021

WASHINGTON – SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman today announced the U.S. Small Business Administration will begin registrations on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 9 a.m. EDT and open applications on Monday, May 3, 2021, at noon EDT for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The online application will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted. “Restaurants…

Dixon, Strickland-Ruiz, Brockport Research Institute Receive 2021 ATHENA Awards

April 22, 2021

ROCHESTER, NY (April 22, 2021) Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and its Women’s Council affiliate presented Dixon Schwabl Founder & Chairman Lauren Dixon with their 35th annual ATHENA International Award. Cicely Strickland-Ruiz, United Way of Greater Rochester Chief Operations Officer, received the seventh annual ATHENA Young Professional Award, and Brockport Research Institute took home the…

CannaBusiness Event Series to Educate Members Following Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

April 20, 2021

The recent legalization of recreational marijuana in New York State has serious implications for our economy and employers. On one hand, it opens the door for increased economic opportunities. On the other, it presents new challenges for organizations to maintain the safety of their workplaces. While much remains to be determined, Greater Rochester Chamber is…


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