Grant to aid Rochester with jobs, minority-owned businesses

The City of Rochester will receive a $100,000 grant and technical support to increase jobs and strengthen minority-owned businesses as part of the national Living Cities City Accelerator program.

Rochester and four other cities — Atlanta, El Paso, Long Beach, Calif., and Newark, N.J. — were selected for the program that is funded through a partnership with the Citi Foundation and Living Cities, according to information from Mayor Lovely Warren’s office.

Now in its fifth year, the City Accelerator program has worked with 17 municipalities across the country to test new approaches that improve the lives of residents. In addition to the grant money, each city will receive a combination of technical assistance, coaching and implementation resources. Cities may consider local policy reform, changes in small business support practices, capacity building, staff training and other initiatives to reach their goals.

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