Veronica Volk

Veronica Volk is a Reporter/Producer for WXXI News.  She comes from WFUV Public Radio, where she began her broadcasting career as a reporter covering the Bronx, and the greater New York City area. She later became the Senior Producer of WFUV’s weekly public affairs show, Cityscape.
Originally from Ocean County, New Jersey, Veronica got her B.A. in Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, concentrating on Media, Culture, and Society.

A Rochester Downtown Development Corporation luncheon focused on the future of the city of Rochester and its potential to grow.

The event, called Downtown Rising, included several speakers from large and small companies in Rochester. Among the speakers was Kevin Morgan of Morgan Management. His company is currently involved in developing mixed use spaces around the city, in buildings like Tower280, the Legacy Tower and the Xerox Building.

A regional alliance is rallying against a proposal to change water level regulations on Lake Ontario.

The water levels are currently regulated by a dam on the Saint Lawrence River. There are maximums and minimums, meaning the water can only get so high and so low at certain times.

The International Joint Commission (IJC), which oversees waterway regulation between the U.S. and Canada, has proposed new regulations for what these maximums and minimums should be.

The University of Rochester Medical Center is partnering with a company called Indivumed to establish a tissue bank.

Indivumed is an "integrated oncology company" with "bio-repository expertise." Basically, they're going to help URMC build a giant freezer to store tissue samples collected during tumor removal surgeries from patients at URMC.

Last week, Xerox announced it will split into two publicly traded companies, one for Document Technology, the other for Business Process Outsourcing.

It expects to accomplish that by the end of the year.

Chairman and CEO Ursula Burns says the company is taking affirmative steps to drive shareholder value, and she says that she is confident "the extensive structural review we conducted over the last few months has produced the right path forward for our company."

In this short video, WXXI's Veronica Volk offers a deeper look into the split:

Developers in Rochester say the region is poised for residential and economic growth, but that there needs to be a plan for filling positions that will open up.

Heidi Zimmer-Meyer is the President of Rochester Downtown Development Corporation, so it makes sense that she'd seem optimistic about downtown development in the city.

But Zimmer-Meyer says her job wasn't always so upbeat.

"The region and the center of the city have turned a corner after decades and decades of decline."