Our Dialogue on Disability Week continues with a conversation about employment discrimination for people with disabilities. “The Good Place” star Jameela Jamil recently turned down a role to play a deaf woman, saying the role should go to a deaf actress instead. Jamil is one of several Hollywood stars speaking out about the need for more inclusion and representation of people with disabilities in the media and in the workplace.

In Rochester, a report released last year revealed that poverty and unemployment are disproportionately affecting people with disabilities. This hour, our guests discuss these employment disparities, discrimination in the workforce, and their ideas for how to create a more inclusive society. In studio:

If you’re a federal employee willing to open up your home to visitors, Airbnb wants to help you make some extra cash.

Any executive branch employees who share their home for three nights, anytime over the next three months will get paid an extra night from Airbnb, up to $110.

This also applies to people who host “experiences” which are things like tours of the city, hikes, shopping trips and more.

Liz DeBold Fusco is the Northeast Press Secretary at Airbnb.

A Canadian cannabis company could be bringing hundreds of jobs to the Southern Tier.

The company is Canopy Growth; that’s the business that locally-based Constellation Brands has taken a major stake in.

On Monday, Canopy Growth announced it has been granted a license by New York State to process and produce hemp, and it plans to establish a hemp industrial park somewhere in the Southern Tier.

In the latest WXXI Business Report, Kodak goes retro at the latest Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Find out about some instant print cameras that could be coming to market. 

Reports of a bid for Gannett, the parent company of the Democrat & Chronicle, by a company owned by a hedge fund raises some concerns on social media. What could be the future of the D&C?

Plus, there's one less Mazda dealership in Rochester.

The Rochester area is poised for economic growth in the year ahead. That's the assessment of Greater Rochester Enterprise. Matt Hurlbutt is president and CEO of that business development organization.

He says they worked on 115 projects last year, and currently they have 37 projects in the pipeline, involving either companies potentially coming to the area, or working to expand existing operations.

Hurlbutt says this presents an opportunity for hundreds of jobs coming to Rochester with millions of dollars of investment.

Federal shutdown impacting local housing market

Jan 10, 2019

The ongoing partial federal government showdown is now impacting the housing industry.

Home buyers seeking government-backed mortgage loans such as VA and FHA loans, are experiencing delays, and USDA loans are not available.

President of the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors, Andrew Kachaylo, says the shutdown is having an impact locally.

A  mainstay of the Rochester bakery scene is packing up and moving out west.

It’s not often that you can say, the end of an era, without it sounding cliché, but in this case, it really does mark a milestone among local retailers.  Gruttadauria’s Bakery closed its doors this week and will be opening up under the same name in Southern California.

The bakery opened on Jay Street in 1914 and relocated to West Ridge Road in Greece in 2004.

Constellation Brands’ shares took a hit on Wednesday following release of its 3rd quarter earnings report.

The stock fell more than 12%, dropping $21.40 to $150.94 a share.

On an adjusted basis, the 3rd quarter earnings per share and revenue numbers beat Wall Street estimates. Earnings per share came in at $2.37 with net income of  $303 million and revenues totaled $1.97 billion.

Datto, the data backup and networking company started by an RIT grad, has named its new CEO.

Tim Weller succeeds company founder Austin McChord who announced last October he would be stepping down as CEO. McChord remains a board member of Datto.

When McChord stepped back from the top spot, Weller helped lead the company on an interim basis. He has been with Datto since June of 2017, and most recently was President and Chief Operating Officer.

Carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. are on the rise again after several years of decline, and a booming economy is the cause.

That's according to a report out today from the Rhodium Group, an independent research firm that tracks CO2 emissions in the U.S.


U.S. Photonics Hub Coming To Rochester

What does this mean for the economy of the Rochester region?