Non-profits and incubators set to move into unused Kodak space

Nov 5, 2014


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Rochester city and business officials want to emphasize the efforts at innovation that are going on downtown, by designating what they are calling a "downtown innovation zone." 

That's something that Heidi Zimmer-Meyer of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation says could help bring more attention to changes that are going on in the local economy.

“We also know we’ve got the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship that RIT is doing, we’ve got the announcement by Kodak that they’re going to have a kind of  incubator,  start-up space in (Kodak’s downtown office building), we know that MCC’s (Monroe Community College) new campus is going to have a component like this and there are other announcements we hope to hear more about formally in the next couple of weeks,” Zimmer-Meyer told WXXI News.

Officials at Kodak this week said that they are going to start sharing some of the space they have in the Kodak headquarters building on State Street for non-profit organizations and incubator-type operations to help provide a foundation for innovative ideas.

City officials say Rochester is under consideration for private grants that would help the city expand its newly created office of innovation and strategic initiatives.