The city of Rochester and the Eastman Kodak Company. You can’t mention one without the other. For nearly 125 years, the Flour City’s most famous tenant has been its economic engine but with the world weaning off of film and firmly enthralled with digital technology, Kodak has struggled to survive. On January 19th, the historic company filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.
We traveled to Rochester to chronicle the rise and fall of the Eastman Kodak Company and examine why, ironically, the city has been able to weather the recent economic downturn, unlike many of its upstate counterparts.