Joseph E. Robach's posts related to Economic Development

Passero Associates Breaks Ground on New Offices

On Tuesday, December 13th, Senator Robach had the privilege to speak at and take part in a ground-breaking ceremony at Passero Associates. Passero Associates, an architectural and engineering firm with more than 100 employees, will relocate their corporate headquarters from Liberty Pole Way to the basement and bottom two floors of the four-story building at the former Josh Lofton School, 242 W. Main St, in downtown’s Cascade District. The renovation will also include about 4,000 square feet of retail space along with 20 loft apartments. For more information on Passero Associates, you can visit their website,

Earthlink Cuts Ribbon on New Location

On Tuesday, December 20th, Senator Robach had the privilege to take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Earthlink's new location at Alexander Park, representing a $12 million investment over the next three years and the retention of nearly 450 local jobs. Alexander Park is just part of EarthLink’s overall investment and retention of jobs in the Western New York region, which includes the recent acquisitions of One Communications, LogicalSolutions, xDefenders and the closing today of EarthLink’s acquisition of Synergy Global’s IT Solutions Center. The company also announced that it will lease an additional 6,000 square feet at Alexander Park, the former Genesee Hospital site, from owner Buckingham Properties, increasing EarthLink’s total occupancy to more than 71,000 square feet.

Skylark Opens in Downtown Rochester

On Thursday, December 22nd, Senator Robach had the privilege to speak at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Skylark Lounge. Skylark is located at 40 S. Union Street in downtown Rochester. It offers a one-of-a-kind meatball menu and offers night-time dining, entertainment, and dancing. Best wishes to Herman and his staff for continued success!

Share Your Ideas For A Stronger Economy

New York has clearly faced major economic challenges in recent years.  That’s why – in partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo – we took decisive action during last year’s Legislative Session to help revitalize our economy and create new job opportunities.  Taken together, these changes and reforms represent one of the boldest job-creation plans New York State has enacted in decades.  That’s good news – especially in terms of our efforts to create new jobs here right in our local community.REAL PROGRESS / FUNDAMENTAL REFORMS

The positive steps we’ve taken to create a stronger economy include the following:

Rochester Arc & Flame Opens

On Friday night, January 6th, I had the privilege to attend the grand opening of the Rochester Arc and Flame Center. The Rochester Arc & Flame Center (RocAFC) is a 5,000 square-foot training facility designed specifically for welding, glass working and blacksmithing. The mission of RocAFC is to foster exciting and innovative classes for people of all skill levels. Rochester Arc & Flame Center is the only training facility in upstate New York to offer professional and recreational classes in welding, glass working and blacksmithing. For more information, visit their website at, or you can like them on Facebook,


Erdman Anthony Opens Corporate Offices at Culver Road Armory

On Wednesday, January 25th, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, the official grand opening ceremony for the corporate offices of Erdman Anthony. Erdman Anthony recently moved into the Culver Road Armory, 145 Culver Road, Suite 200. For more information on the comapny, visit their website at

Statement on Xerox Expansion

“I applaud Xerox on their commitment to the Rochester area and their planned expansion, which will bring hundreds of jobs to our community. In this difficult economic time, it is always positive to see companies expand, continue their growth, and create new jobs for our region.”


Hedonist Artisan Chocolates Expands, Celebrates 5 Years

Recently, I had the privilege to speak at a ceremony marking the expansion and 5-year anniversary of Hedonist Artisan Chocolates on South Avenue. Hedonist Artisan Chocolates is owned and operated by Jennifer Posey and Zahra Langford. Best wishes to Jennifer and Zahra on your continued success! Visit their website here,

DeWolff Partnership Opens New Downtown Office

On Wednesday, April 4th, I had the privilege to speak at, and help the ribbon at, a grand opening ceremony for DeWolff Partnership's new offices. DeWolff recently relocated their coorporate offices to the Haro East Building, 400 Andrews Street, downtown. For more information on the company, visit their website at

Greece Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner

On Thursday evening, I had the privilege to attend the Greece Chamber of Commerce Civic Awards Banquet. This dinner honored business professionals and outstanding individuals in the Greece Community. Congratulations to all the award winners! For more information on the Greece Chamber, visit their website at