Rochester’s economy benefits from many advantages, including an ample supply of fresh water from Lake Ontario and the pristine Finger Lakes, a central location among the population centers of the Northeastern United States and the innovative foundations laid by such firms as Kodak, Xerox and Bausch and Lomb. A host of colleges and universities, including the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology, produce an educated workforce and generates cutting-edge research that drives the city’s innovation and technology sectors. Rochester is emerging as the imaging, optics and photonics capital of the world and in 2015 the White House announced that new Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation would be located in Rochester. Other growing industries include food-and-beverage manufacturing, biotechnology and green innovation.
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