Welcome To Rochester

Annual Training Conference - July 13-16, 2017 
As the Vibration Institute’s Annual Training Conference from June 13-16, 2017, quickly approaches, I want to take a moment to invite you and welcome you to Rochester, New York. The Hyatt Regency Hotel is located in the city center, which is about eight miles south of Lake Ontario. The Genesee River, flowing south to north through the city, offers views of the High Falls from the Pont du Rennes pedestrian bridge, Middle Falls from the Driving Park Bridge, and Lower Falls from Maplewood Park.

As one of the very few rivers in the world to flow from the south to the north, the Genesee was the basis for the industrial growth of Rochester. Founding settlers like, Colonel Nathanial Rochester, started building Rochesterville in the early 1800’s around the High Falls, relying on the river to provide power for grist and lumber mills.  The “Flour City” saw substantial growth after the War of 1812 as settlers moved inland, and in 1817, the connection of the Erie Canal to the Genesee River significantly improved commercial traffic flow through the growing city. As the industrial revolution drove growth across the United States, the same can be said for Rochester. Industries like Eastman Kodak, Western Union, Gleason Works, and R.T. French Company laid the ground work for technical development and were followed by Bausch & Lomb, Xerox, General Motors and the Genesee Brewery providing jobs and financial resources for substance and growth of a developing city. It was also in the mid 1800’s that saw social leadership develop in Rochester by Susan B. Anthony, a national leader of the women’s suffrage movement, and Frederick Douglas, an escaped slave, abolitionist leader, and supporter of the Underground Railroad during the American Civil War.

Eastman MuseumAs economic times changed, Rochester avoided the “Rust Belt” that effected many cities along the Great Lakes following WWII and continued to thrive on the technologies that had always created growth in and around the city. In the late 1990’s, a new industrial revolution involving rapid changes in technology caught many of these founding companies off guard, and although they have faded in size and strength, their input on the community has maintained highly technical and prosperous development in the region.  Their influence on education, management and the work force made the formation of hundreds of high tech companies, employing 30 to 100 people, a natural transformation serving worldwide customers. With the help of new growth by large companies like Paychex, Wegmans, Harris RF Communications, and Strong Memorial Hospital, the economy of Rochester continues to prosper and grow. Higher education and ground breaking technical advancements are provided by local industry, the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. John Fisher College and Nazareth College.
 
There are many family oriented things to do in and around the city including The Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester Museum and Science Center with Strasenburgh Planetarium, Seabreeze Amusement Park, and Seneca Park Zoo where you can also walk across the Genesee Footbridge to Maplewood Park. This footbridge, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, is handicapped accessible from both parks on either side of the river and offers a spectacular view of the Genesee gorge.
 
Cultural and educational exp eriences are available at the George Eastman House and Museum, Memorial Art Gallery, Auditorium Theatre, Eastman Theatre, Geva Theatre, and Lamberton Conservatory.

Local shopping may find you at Parkleigh for a special or unique gift followed by desert and a cup of coffee just across the street at Great Harvest Bread. Iconic eating can be found at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que located in the historic Lehigh Valley Train Station above the Genesee River. Enjoy platefuls of barbequed ribs, chicken, and beef brisket in a lively setting that often includes a band for the evening.  Alternate locations for lunch and dinner would include the Char Steak & Lounge, City Grill, Good Luck, Murphy’s Law, Salena’s Mexican, Tournedos Steakhouse and 2Vine, but save room for the consummate sweet tooth, desert at Chocolate & Vines.

To the East – Finger Lakes Winery’s, Waterloo Premium Outlets, Eastview Mall, MacKenzie-Childs, Ontario Antique Mall, CMAC, and  Womens Rights National Historical Park.
To the South – Letchworth State Park is the number one state park in the United States and is often referred to as the Grand Canyon of the East. This beautiful park offers scenic overlooks and recreational hiking. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy a day outdoors.
To the West – Darian Lake is a large theme park that also offers summer concerts, and Niagara Falls lies on the border between the U.S.A. and Canada. Remember, if you plan to visit the Canadian side of the falls, you will need a passport for each family member. If you are visiting from an International location, make sure that your Visa is for multiple entries to the U.S.A.
 
Please don’t miss this opportunity to attend the 41st Annual Training Conference presented by the Vibration Institute in Rochester, NY, and enjoy your time in and around the “Flower City”.
 
Jack D. Peters
Rochester, New York
Category IV Vibration Analyst
(In accordance with ISO 18436-2)