1. Rochester is enjoying the recognition of its software talent pool by significant, venture-backed companies in major markets, such as San Francisco and New York. In recent years, we have welcomed numerous companies that have established branch offices downtown to ramp up their engineering and customer support capabilities. This phenomenon is a harbinger of great things to come for the local economy.

    On Wednesday, September 5th, we will host representatives of two of these companies, Mark Oney of EmployeeChannel and Dan Diefendorf of LiveTiles. Mark is a RIT grad residing in the Bay Area. This is his eighth startup and he chose to establish his software development team in Rochester. Dan is a local resident who helped his NYC-based company open and staff up their facility in High Falls.

    Our guests will share their stories and explain the reasons they chose to invest in Rochester. Their insights will enlighten and could help to frame our conversation about economic development differently.

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  2. Recognizing the co-existence of a healthy creative class with a vibrant entrepreneurial environment, this is the launch of a series that will feature Innovation in the Arts! This will include the visual, culinary, theatrical, musical and performing arts.

    Here are some of our area's most significant contributors to the visual arts. The esteemed director of the Memorial Art Gallery (MAG), Jonathan Binstock, will moderate a panel that includes Bleu Cease, director of the internationally recognized Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo), K.C. Sullivan, co-founder and director of UUU Art Collective and noted and distinctive artist, Sarah Rutherford.

    This discussion celebrates the relationship between art and entrepreneurship and demonstrates that Rochester continues to be very much at the forefront of artistic innovation.

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  3. Aaron Newman is a dynamic serial entrepreneur who, prior to founding CloudCheckr, already had several successful startups to his credit. Founded just seven years ago, CloudCheckr already employs more than 100 people in Rochester's Village Gate. Aaron's innovative approach to technology and community leadership falls right in line with RocGrowth's vision of the New Rochester. If you too are interested in helping to shape the future of our community, this is an event you don't want to miss!

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  4. Shawn Dunwoody is a widely-recognized artist, activist and leader of The Fruit Belt Project. Dr. Ian Wilson is the founder of Wall Therapy and a well-known radiologist. They will be interviewed by artist Ray Ray Mitrano. Join us on Wednesday, March 7th, to learn more about the inspiration behind their dynamic and innovative projects.

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  5. We are pleased to host Dr. David Munson, Rochester Institute of Technology’s tenth president. Dr. Munson arrived in town last summer after serving as dean of the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering. He is a visionary leader who has already announced a strategy to propel RIT even further in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, research and the performing arts. Dr. Munson even co-founded a start-up in his field of expertise – image processing.

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