Why Mayor Warren asks us to Believe

Mayor Warren remains the best choice for Rochester this September 12th. Real leaders ask us to believe and I believe in her.

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Red Wings talks signal the wrong play for Rochester

It’s in moments like these when Rochester both earns its reputation as Smugtown, U.S.A. and stifles opportunity for real progress. This attitude holds the potential for unseen harm beyond the County’s demands for increased payment.

Did a political candidate just use a PR ethics rule as a campaign tactic?

This week, a political campaign in Rochester filed a complaint against one of its opponents. The filing is based on recently expanded rules on grassroots lobbying from the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE). Both the nature and outcome of this week’s filing are important to help New York State public relations professionals interpret a…

Wegmans’ North Carolina expansion highlights corporate values and inclusion

Corporate principles play an important role for any business. They guide operating standards and influence strategic decisions. Wegmans, a Rochester-based grocery chain, promotes core values with attributes of respect, care for employees, and making a difference in the community. Its decision to advance plans to enter the North Carolina market amid controversy surrounding H.B. 2,…

The delusion of diversity in Trump’s America

The following people likely sit on different sides of the partisan aisle: Mark Lilla, professor of humanities, Columbia University, is regularly labeled as “liberal” in right-leaning publications such as the National Review. Anna Valeria-Iseman, director of development for the Open Door Mission, is a self-proclaimed “compassion and opportunity-driven Republican.” However, both urge America to move…

Rachel Barnhart and the role of action in campaigns

Rachel Barnhart will soon add author to her growing list of talents and experience. The former television journalist is currently promoting a self-published book, Broad, Casted. Barnhart previews the upcoming read as a tell-all about sexism and misogyny inside both media and politics. Barnhart recently challenged and lost to incumbent Assemblyman Harry Bronson in thr…

It’s about race, because

Brandon Stanton, founder of Humans of New York, doesn’t consider himself a photographer. He prides himself on a more specific talent–drawing out deep and intentional meaning from random connections. Stanton, a 32-year-old white male, relies on these niche abilities to literally support himself.   As a person of color, I couldn’t help but envy Stanton’s…

Little Theatre marquee update gets two thumbs up

One of the hardest parts of change is figuring out the best way to let people know. Here in Rochester, community organizations can struggle when trying to keep the public informed. Today, however, The Little Theatre got it right. Scott Pukos, public relations coordinator for The Little Theatre, today published a blog post, “Facts About…

Crisis requires community to shift from reaction to preparation 

Like much of the country, the Rochester region grapples with the state of the nation following a series of lethal events between minorities and law enforcement. The fallout from these incidents continue to inspire numerous conversations across the community. Unfortunately, it’s an all too familiar pattern. If tragedy strikes a slate of forums and summits…

What the Finger Lakes region can learn from Imagine RIT 

This morning, the Rochester Institute of Technology welcomed the community to experience the passion and potential of its students. As RIT president, Dr. Bill Destler, shares with visitors, “We have one common goal today: Let’s inspire the next generation of problem solvers by connecting young people to the wonders of science, technology, engineering, math, and…

Will cost of entry hurt Rochester’s photonics ambitions?

This post is the first of a three-part series dedicated to the topic of photonics, optics, and imaging in the Rochester region. In 2015, Rochester became the latest addition to the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). In this post, Common Wealth analyzes who is most likely to benefit from the American Institute for Manufacturing (AIM)…