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Optics Legacy Rochester

Like many cities, Rochester has faced challenging economic times in recent years. But despite the downsizing of Kodak—which was a key employer for years—Rochester has sustained a healthy rate of growth, thanks to its long tradition of excellence in optics. The story of Optimax, a company started in a barn more than 20 years ago, reflects the experience of many successful startups in the area. With a skilled work force and strong collaborative ties between local institutions and businesses, Rochester’s residents have every reason to be optimistic about a future in optics that is as bright as its rich past.