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Knittel, McHarg Win 2020 Business Person of the Year Awards

June 24, 2021

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Council Recognize Outstanding Business Leaders ROCHESTER, NY (June 24, 2021) Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and its Small Business Council affiliate announce that Jill Knittel of JK Executive Strategies (under 50 employees) and Jay McHarg of AeroSafe Global (more than 50 employees) have been chosen as the…

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy’s Statement on Rochester’s Primary Election

June 23, 2021

ROCHESTER, NY (June 23, 2021) Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Bob Duffy released the following statement in response to Rochester’s primary election: “Congratulations to Mayor-Elect Malik Evans on winning yesterday’s primary. I have known and worked with Malik for decades and have enormous respect for him both personally and professionally. Rochester faces…

Bob Duffy’s Statement on the Lifting of COVID-19 Restrictions in NYS

June 15, 2021

“Today’s news regarding a statewide vaccination rate of 70% among New York’s 18+ population is a welcome announcement. Governor Cuomo, state and local health leaders, frontline healthcare heroes, the Finger Lakes Regional Control Room and Vaccination Hub, and our partners in business and government are to be credited for today’s milestone. “The last 15 months…

NYS Senate Honors Rochester’s Sandy Parker

June 10, 2021

June 10, 2021 (ALBANY, NY) – Today, Senator Jeremy Cooney (D-Rochester) celebrated the life of the late Sandy Parker with a formal resolution by the New York State Senate. Parker, who died earlier this week, was a fixture in the Rochester community and a trailblazing woman in business. As the CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance, now called the…

Bob Duffy Statement on Passage of U.S. Innovation and Competition Act

June 9, 2021

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy said, “As outlined in an analysis by MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber, the Greater Rochester region is ranked number one in the nation as ripe for technological and economic investment and growth. With 19 nationally and internationally renowned higher education institutions to provide much-needed talent, world-class facilities…

Bob Duffy’s Statement on the Passing of Sandy Parker

June 6, 2021

“I was asked to offer a statement on behalf of Sandy’s family. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sandy Parker, a trailblazer in Rochester whose vision and contributions have positively impacted our entire region. Sandy was an unsung hero in the Greater Rochester community for decades, contributing her time, resources,…

Governor Cuomo Announces $3.5 Billion in Assistance for Renters and Small Businesses

May 25, 2021

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $3.5 billion in assistance for renters and small businesses experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rental assistance program makes up to $2.7 billion in emergency rental assistance available for struggling New Yorkers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for the program will be accepted…


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