I move to ban all rankings. Do I have a second?
No more publishing rankings about Rochester in our popular publications. So often, they breed a false sense of negativity about our region.
The stories often are sound bites that contain little information about their source, methodology and motivation by the sponsoring organization. It’s only getting worse with social media breeding superficiality and lack of accountability.
Rochester needs to acquire pride in our community and history on our own. We have what it takes. For almost two centuries, we have been a beacon for some of the greatest minds. Getting a job offer in the ‘50s and ‘60s from Kodak or Xerox was not unlike getting one from Google or Amazon today. More than 2,000 of the greatest researchers are working away in labs at UR. Who knows how many future Nobel laureates live in our midst? UR has already produced nine.
Our city is magnificent. Yes, it has significant problems. What North American city doesn’t? Leave it to our visitors and transplants to highlight its beauty and how easy our region is to navigate. Our local developers see the opportunity.
We don’t need to travel the Yellow Brick Road to get our extrinsic sign of approval from the Wizard of Oz. We should know how great Rochester is intrinsically. So, to all those reports ranking communities— and ranking us good or bad—take a hike!
Richard Glaser is co-creator of RocGrowth and RocGrowth Candids and Coffee events. He was recently presented with Upstate Venture Connect’s Community Catalyst award for organizing programs that bring together diverse startup ecosystem players.