Joseph E. Robach's posts related to Economic Development

Genesee Brew House Ribbon Cutting

On Friday afternoon, I had the privilege to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Genesee Brew House. The Brew House will open this upcoming weekend, on Saturday, September 8. The Brew House features an exhibit gallery, a pilot brewery which will be open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily, and a pub-style restaurant, which is also open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily. For more information, visit

Tap & Table Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Last Thursday, I had the privilege to speak the ribbon cutting ceremony for Tap & Table. Tap & Table is a restaurant located at Corn Hill Landing. It is open Mondays-Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. and on Sundays from 4:00 p.m. until Midnight. It serves lunch, dinner, coffee, and drinks. For more information on Tap & Table, visit their Facebook page,

Stop The Toll Hikes On Commercial Trucks

I, like much of the public, was shocked when the Thruway Authority proposed a 45% increase in commercial tolls.  This toll hike will have detrimental ramifications on all New Yorkers. 

This increase, which is set to take effect in October, will hit the trucking industry at the heart of their business. According to the NYS Motor Truck Association, nearly 90 percent of New York communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods and over 87 percent of all manufactured goods are transported by trucks. New York’s trucks are responsible for transporting over 1.4 million tons of manufactured material here each day, while providing one in 25 jobs in the state.  Without trucks, no person, home or business could survive. 

New Housing/Commercial Space at 44 Exchange Blvd.

This morning, I had the privilege to take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil new commercial and residential property at 44 Exchange Blvd downtown. Funding from Restore NY went to the rehabilitation of the building. The total cost of the project was $6 million. There are 24 total apartments and one to two floors of commercial space. Many of the building's 1950s-era design features have been restored or duplicated.

East Avenue Inn and Suites Unveils Renovations

Earlier today, I have the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, the grand opening ceremony of the renovated East Avenue Inn and Suites. Downtown Rochester's only boutique hotel, located at 384 East Avenue, the hotel invites business and casual travelers to enjoy a modern and artistic guest experience only minutes away from all of Rochester's best known cultural attractions. For more information visit, Best wishes to John and his entire family on continued success!

Radisson Hotel Cuts Ribbon on Renovations

This afternoon, I had the privilege to take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Radisson Rochester Riverside Hotel. Originally opened in 1969, more than $3.5 million has been invested over the last three years in renovating and upgrading guest rooms, the fitness center, and all of the meeting spaces.

Hillside Family of Agencies Unveils Renovated Monroe Avenue Campus

On Friday, I had the privilege to speak at a ceremony in which Hillside Family of Agencies unveiled it's $22 million renovated Monroe Avenue campus. Funding for the renovation was raised from private donors and funders and through numerous campaign over more then a decade. Renovations include six renovated residential buildings, the new Horton Family Center, a renovated Eastman Hall, a new common area, a new baseball field, track and playground, and one of the cottages now allows for residential services for eight youth with developmental disabilities. For further details, visit

Rochester Silver Works Celebrate (88+) 1 Year Anniversary

On Wednesday, I had the privilege to speak at the (88+) 1 Year Anniversary celebration at Rochester Silver Works, LLC. RSW, formerly an Eastman Kodak company manufacturing department, became a private company as of October, 2011. RSW retained ALL 55 highly skilled former Kodak employees, along with their expertise, the manufacturing site and all equipment. The facility covers over 10 square acres of land with full capabilities to collect, refine and manufacture silver scrap to high purity silver and silver based chemicals. For more information, visit

Cutting the Ribbon on Art Walk Expansion Project

On Thursday, I had the privilege to speak at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Art Walk Extension and Enhancement Project. The project reconstructs University Avenue from North Goodman Street to Union Street by replacing aging streets and sidewalks. The portion unveiled today runs east to west on University Avenue from Goodman Street to Union Street, and north to south on Goodman Street from Village Gates to the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

Callan-Harris Physical Therapy Relocates

On Friday, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, a ceremony to celebrate the relocation of Callan-Harris Physical Therapy. They are now located at 1328 University Avenue. For more information, visit their website,