ROCHESTER, N.Y. – More than 20 years ago, when Chris Karr was working at a photographic printing company on St. Paul Street, he would often walk across the back alley to North Water Street to order breakfast. The place where he ordered breakfast, located at 185 North Water Street, is now the new space for his company's headquarters, ÜberGuard Information Security Consulting, LLC. This morning, ÜberGuard celebrated its new location with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
"Things have come full circle," said Karr, ÜberGuard president and founder. "This is an exciting time for the company. Now that we are downtown, we finally feel like we are a part of something. We are proud to be a part of downtown Rochester's revival."
A recognized industry leader in ensuring the protection of companies' valuable data assets, ÜberGuard is the latest company to move to downtown Rochester. Relocating from Livingston County, ÜberGuard joins six other companies that are in the process of moving downtown or that have moved within the past year – representing more than 750 new jobs. Rochester Downtown Development Corporation is also tracking 14 companies that are moving in, starting up or expanding downtown – including PAETEC and ESL Federal Credit Union – representing 2,400 additional new jobs.
"Even more impressive than the number of companies moving downtown is the quality of the companies that are moving downtown," said City of Rochester Commissioner of Neighborhood and Business Development Carlos Carballada. "ÜberGuard doubled its revenues in 2009 and is on track to do the same this year. It is our hope that this move will continue to foster its explosive growth."
The City of Rochester is in the process of reviewing and potentially assisting ÜberGuard with a building renovation grant to lower its cost of doing business. Although ÜberGuard has clients across the U.S. and in Canada, the Water Street location brings ÜberGuard closer to a large footprint of its clients. Karr noted the new workspace has already led to an increase in productivity and the opportunity to increase the company's local business presence.
"The Greater Rochester Region's economy is much stronger thanks to companies like ÜberGuard," said Greater Rochester Enterprise President and CEO Mark S. Peterson. "The company represents the diversity of our industries and our talented workforce. ÜberGuard is certainly well-positioned for a bright future here in downtown Rochester."
Buckingham Properties is leasing the space to ÜberGuard, which plans to add five additional full-time positions during 2011.