Economic & Business Climate

The Growth of Harris RF Communications

This week on Need to Know Rochester on WXXI-TV, Innovation Trail reporter Zack Seward's interview with Harris RF Communications' Dana Mehnert.

Obama Manufacturing Initiative (Mostly) Skips NY State

WXXI Innovation Trail reporter Zack Seward explains the disappointment behind much of upstate NY missing out on President Obama's $500 million plan for manufacturing partnerships with a handful of top businesses and universities.

On WXXI-TV: How Going Green is Good for Business

This week on Need to Know Rochester, why it's good business to go green. WXXI's Innovation Trail project takes an in-depth look at a local company that has actually padlocked its dumpster to force employees to recycle.

'Made In America' Store Capitalizes On Patriotism

WXXI Innovation Trail reporter Daniel Robison's story on a store selling only products made domestically aired nationwide Wednesday morning on NPR's Morning Edition.

Expansion at Rochester Precision Optics

WXXI Innovation Trail reporter Zack Seward reports the company plans to nearly double its workforce with the additions to its Henrietta facility.

Hydrofracking Debate Takes On Dumped "Drill Cuttings"

WXXI Innovation Trail reporter Zack Seward outlines the latest showdown over hydrofracking in New York's Southern Tier: where to dump "drill cuttings."

LiDestri Foods Adds Jobs in Rochester, Cuts Jobs in N.J.

As the WXXI Innovation Trail's Zack Seward reports, the company is consolidating its operations in western New York to cut costs.

Constellation Brands Shows Off Canandaigua Expansion

Constellation Brands unveiled the expansion of its Canandaigua winery and a new distribution facility. The center will be a distribution hub for the company's operations in North America.

Watch "Small Business, Big Deal" Online

"Small Business, Big Deal" - a WXXI Innovation Trail Television News special - looks at the challenges small business owners face as they seek to start up and grow in New York State.

Delta-U.S. Airways Agreement Could Affect Rochester Travelers

WXXI Innovation Trail reporter Zack Seward looks at the potential impact in Rochester of a plan by Delta and U.S. Airways to trade places at two of the nation's busiest airports.