Analysts say it's a false outlook on
At a summit on the state of
"We all know the manufacturing story and the downsizing of Kodak and other large employees, but I don't know if the story about the other sectors in Rochester, health care, education, business services, financial services is communicated and out there,” says Gary Keith, vice president and regional economist for M & T Bank.
“The focus of this survey is that we've lost a significant amount of jobs, well, where have we lost those jobs from, we lost them from primarily one employer,” says Sandy Parker, chief operating officer of the Rochester Business Alliance.
“do we have issues in Upstate New York? Absolutely we do.”
But, Parker says
Parker also pointed to
“It is unique; it is one-of-a kind. We are an American Craft Gallery. We sell handmade fine craft from all over the
“Our focus is and as long as I've been here,” says Delgrosso, ”and as long as the store has been around has been customer service and a level of customer service you don't get at big box kind of stores.”
Craft Company has kept a steady chain of clients over the last two decades and had its customer base further buoyed just a few years ago by the
“Your job is never just one job,” says Delgrosso, “customer service and maintain the website and doing operational kind of stuff and office kind of stuff, everybody kind of does a little bit of everything.”
While there are plenty of incentives for new business owners to start a company in Rochester, leaders say there should be other incentives for businesses like Craft Company #6 that have weathered Rochester economic test of time.
“I think we do need to take a re-look at the incentives that are currently in place and make sure that we do address the needs of existing employers,” says Parker.