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Lines crossed on local economy as businesses and politicians disagree on reality

on March 10, 2014

Common Wealth

Earlier this week, New York State Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle joined The Democrat and Chronicle‘s Editorial Board to discuss the state of the Rochester region’s economy. According to the newspaper’s account of the meeting, Morelle criticized detractors of Albany who accuse state leadership of shortchanging economic support in Rochester when compared to other New York municipalities. While citing a few high-profile examples such as Eastman Business Park and funding from the Regional Economic Development Council, Morelle asserts that the community doesn’t “…talk about our successes” and that allegations of lagging state-based support are “not really the reality.” I challenge both of these conclusions.

First, business news from the Rochester region regularly syndicates its success. When I moved to Rochester in 2007, the Barilla story was repeatedly replayed in news reels and repurposed by local figureheads. More recently, pasta takes a back seat to Eastman Business Park’s cadence of…

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