ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Kodak had buildings and infrastructure to rival a small city on its mega campus when film faded from in-demand to dinosaur with the rise of digital photography.
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The company considered selling off the 2-square-mile Kodak Park after emerging from bankruptcy a smaller company with a new focus on imaging. Instead, it has become landlord to 58 diverse companies — and counting — that have been courted with the promise of plentiful utilities, a railroad and unique access to Kodak's specialty technical and industrial capabilities.
About 6,000 people now work there, roughly 1,200 of them Kodak employees.
New York state has so far committed $100 million. About half of that funds an environmental trust and the rest has been in incentives for tenant businesses crucial to keeping the site active.