A local software company is moving and adding jobs.

ITX Corporation is currently based in Pittsford, but it will relocate to newly remodeled space in The Metropolitan bulding on South Clinton Avenue in downtown Rochester.

As part of the move, ITX plans to create up to 80 new jobs; 62 jobs will be retained.  ITX says it had considered growing its operations outside of New York state, but chose to remain here with the help of state investment.

A recent study says that planting a trillion trees across the globe could help reduce enough carbon to offset climate change.

But locally, invasive species threaten the forests we already have.

Mark Quinn is a horticulturist with the Monroe County Parks Department. He says they plant thousands of trees every year, but that doesn’t even touch what they’re losing.

"If you look at the white fuzzy bug on the bottom of your hemlock tree, that’s the hemlock woolly adelgid. It’s pretty easy to recognize," he says as he points to the white dots on a tree branch.

For decades, L3 Harris Technologies has been involved with NASA, including the development of the Chandra X-ray Observatory, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary.

It’s yet another connection to Rochester’s long association with a variety of space programs. The 50th anniversary this month of the moon landing is being celebrated at L3 Harris as well as at Eastman Kodak, since Harris’s Space and Airborne Systems business has its roots in the photography and related work that Kodak did in the early days of the space program.

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Fifty years ago this month an historic event proved that humans could land on the moon. Many hands played a role in making that mission a success, including retired Eastman Kodak electronics engineer and scientist, Arthur Cosgrove. In the mid-to-late 1960s, Cosgrove was directly involved with the Lunar Orbiter Program which helped navigate ideal landing sites for Apollo 11 through mapping the moon’s surface. Cosgrove and WXXI news director, Randy Gorbman, who has been reporting on the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, join host Hélène Biandud Hofer to discuss where we’ve been and what we have yet to explore.

A local official with the company now called L3 Harris Technologies is bullish about the company’s future in Rochester. Harris and L3 Technologies completed their merger this week.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is asking City Council to apply for $4.7 million from New York state, as part of a proposal to develop Parcel 5 into a year-round festival site.

Details still need to be fleshed out, but City Council President Loretta Scott says the city can only apply for this particular pool of state funding once a year, so officials are asking that the application be made now.

It would be part of a potential $18.8 million project that could possibly include things like a visitor center, an overhead canopy and green space.

Harris Corporation and L3 Technologies have completed the all-stock merger between the two companies. The combined company is called L3Harris Technologies, and it will be the sixth largest defense company in the U.S.

The new company will have approximately $17 billion in revenue and 50,000 employees.

Victor-based Constellation Brands is reporting profits and sales for its fiscal second quarter that topped Wall Street estimates.

The company reported a $245 million net loss related to a loss on its investment in the Canadian cannabis company Canopy Growth. But without that charge, comparable earnings per share improved 9% year over year to $2.40.

Sales were up 2% over last year to just over $2 billion.

DaQuan Quick is about to start his career in the culinary arts. But getting to this point wasn’t always easy, he said.

"It was a long, long, difficult process,” he said, “but you know, I just stayed focused, stayed consistent, and kept it in my mind, and got it done.”

Quick is one of eight young adults who are the first to graduate from Foodlink's Career Fellowship program. The Rochester Public Market hosted the graduation ceremony Thursday.

A conference focusing on innovation, imaging and optics is one of the events bringing people to downtown Rochester this week.

The Light and Sound Interactive Conference (LSI) is attracting an eclectic mix of people involved in multimedia, gaming, education and technology to the center city.

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