13 Reasons for OptimismDowntownRochesterspopulation is growing.The citys populationas a whole isstemming losses.This follows anational trend ofpeople rediscoveringcities.
13 Reasons for OptimismSibley has newowners. WinnDevelopment has aproven track record ofrevitalizing oldbuildings. Thecompany is alreadymakingimprovements.
13 Reasons for OptimismThe city finally madea deal to rebuildMidtown Tower. Thetower is a scar onRochesters skylineand arguably the gluefor the Midtown siteredevelopment.
13 Reasons for OptimismWe have theRochesterInternational JazzFestival.
13 Reasons for OptimismThe University ofRochester, the areaslargest employer,shows no signs ofslowing growth andhas continued toadd jobs.
13 Reasons for OptimismWegmans continuesexpanding in thenortheast, opening its first store inMassachusetts in2012. As Rochesterssecond-largestemployer, thesuccess of thesupermarket chain isimportant to theregion.
13 Reasons for OptimismIt looks like Kodak willemerge frombankruptcy. Thepatent salecompleted, thecompany has securedexit financing. Aliquidation wouldhave caused moredevastation.
13 Reasons for OptimismHome sales andprices are on the risein the Rochesterregion.
13 Reasons for OptimismRochester has beenadding jobs at afaster rate than therest of the state. Itsunemployment ratehas also fared better.
13 Reasons for OptimismRochester is ranked#2 in the nation forvolunteers.
13 Reasons for OptimismCollege Townappears to be forgingahead, which will begreat for the Mt. Hopearea and theUniversity ofRochester, though Iquestion the need forsuch heavy taxpayersubsidies.
13 Reasons for OptimismThe scientists atRochester areacolleges and firmscontinue to churn outpatents. Perhapssome will lead to anew companyemploying hundredsof people.
13 Reasons for OptimismThe victims of theChristmas Eveshooting in Websterexemplified the bestof our community.The Rochester regionshowed tremendousgenerosity,compassion andtogetherness after thetragedy.