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B L moving headquarters to N.J.

Rochester, N.Y. - Rochester is no longer home to industry giants.

This fact was underlined Monday by the announcement Bausch & Lomb's headquarters will soon be uprooted and moved out of state.

This announcement follows a year's worth of headlines detailing Kodak's struggle to emerge from bankruptcy.

Taken together, this news proves the town built on vision must look at itself in a different light.

"It's just further evidence that we're a different place than we used to be. We're being transformed here and it's up to us to do something about it," said Rochester Mayor Tom Richards.

Richards and County Executive Maggie Brooks say they will continue to tap public resources to help grow the private sector.

Meanwhile, Rochester will continue to rely on smaller businesses to prop up the area's economy and absorb the upcoming job loss.

"For the community that's not good, Kodak, Xerox and Bausch & Lomb were the better employers, but the cuts forced transitions and we've gotten stronger and we do not rely so much on the Big Three," said Lindsay Prichard, a worker who moved from Kodak to Xerox.

 
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