The Upstate Economy http://wrvo.org en Community job training program will expand http://wrvo.org/post/community-job-training-program-will-expand <p>A minority workforce training program on Syracuse’s North Side is being expanded with the help of several local agencies.</p><p>Northside UP, a community group targeting the immigrant population in the northern sections of Syracuse, has been running training programs called Green Train and Health Train.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The second has placed a few dozen people <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/hospital-invests-not-only-new-buildings-neighborhood" target="_blank">on the payroll on St. Joseph’s Hospital</a>, also located on the North Side. </span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:22:26 +0000 Ryan Delaney 59370 at http://wrvo.org Community job training program will expand The Film House moves forward with plans for first and second movies http://wrvo.org/post/film-house-moves-forward-plans-first-and-second-movies <p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:53:03 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59218 at http://wrvo.org The Film House moves forward with plans for first and second movies Preservation League announces new plans for old buildings http://wrvo.org/post/preservation-league-announces-new-plans-old-buildings <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Everything old is new again, so the saying goes. With that in mind, the Preservation League of New York State announced a plan to </span>repurpose<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> five vacant industrial buildings in the Capital region with the hopes of attracting young professionals and revitalizing communities.</span></p><p>The Industrial Heritage Reuse Project, or "trendy hipster bait," launched on Thursday in hopes of breathing new live into old buildings.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:24:18 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 59063 at http://wrvo.org Preservation League announces new plans for old buildings Despite construction and ribbon cuttings, Syracuse lags in job creation http://wrvo.org/post/despite-construction-and-ribbon-cuttings-syracuse-lags-job-creation <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The sight of cranes in the air, and shovels in the ground abound in central New York this summer.&nbsp; That doesn’t jive though, with the latest job figures from New York state that the Syracuse area continues to lose jobs at an alarming rate.</span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:29:38 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59186 at http://wrvo.org Despite construction and ribbon cuttings, Syracuse lags in job creation Schumer hopes federal funds will help local brewpub expand http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-hopes-federal-funds-will-help-local-brewpub-expand <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The <a href="http://empirebrew.com/" target="_blank">Empire Brewing Company</a> in Syracuse is planning an expansion that will let the brewpub create a new kind of farm-to-bottle brewing model. </span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:43:49 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58885 at http://wrvo.org Schumer hopes federal funds will help local brewpub expand Michael Falcone on the Campbell Conversations http://wrvo.org/post/michael-falcone-campbell-conversations <p><span style="font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">Michael Falcone is Chairman Emeritus&nbsp;of the Pioneer Companies, a commercial real estate development enterprise in Upstate New York, Denver, and Phoenix.&nbsp; Prior to that, he was a partner with Robert Congel in the Pyramid Companies.&nbsp; In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher speaks with him about malls, hotels, the development trajectory of Syracuse, the proper role of government in development, and Syracuse University's impact on the city.</span></p><p></p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 20:42:00 +0000 Grant Reeher 58310 at http://wrvo.org Michael Falcone on the Campbell Conversations Haitian connection integral to upstate couple's business model http://wrvo.org/post/haitian-connection-integral-upstate-couples-business-model <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many new startup companies end up running their new business out of their homes, and that's the case for </span>Stephane<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Jean-Baptiste and </span>Yve-Car<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Momperousse<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> who live and work in Ithaca, New York.</span></p><p>Their <a href="http://www.kreyolessence.com/" target="_blank">sustaining business model</a> relies heavily on their relationship with the land and people of Haiti.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:12:00 +0000 Innovation Trail 57577 at http://wrvo.org Haitian connection integral to upstate couple's business model More than 100 Remington Arms jobs being sent to Alabama http://wrvo.org/post/more-100-remington-arms-jobs-being-sent-alabama <p></p><p>The two-century-old gun manufacturer Remington Arms, the nucleus of a small Mohawk Valley community, is losing jobs to a more gun-friendly state.</p><p>The parent company of Remington, based in Ilion, New York, announced this week it is moving to lines of production work to <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/remington-expansion-plans-causes-concern-mohawk-valley" target="_blank">the company's gleaming new factory in Huntsville, Alabama</a>, announced earlier this year.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 10:23:02 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55906 at http://wrvo.org More than 100 Remington Arms jobs being sent to Alabama Group argues lack of high speed Internet hurts business in central New York http://wrvo.org/post/group-argues-lack-high-speed-internet-hurts-business-central-new-york <p>State, local and federal elected officials have created a new coalition meant to bridge the digital divide in central New York, as they say a lack of quality high speed Internet has become an economic development issue in Syracuse.<br /><br />About two years ago, Bob Slivinski of Encompass Technologies&nbsp; and Syracuse Innovations Group decided they wanted to move their office out of East Syracuse. But when they looked at offices in the city of Syracuse, the lack of fiber optic Internet stopped them cold.<br /> Fri, 16 May 2014 20:13:13 +0000 Ellen Abbott 55897 at http://wrvo.org SUNY campuses getting started with their Start-Up NY plans http://wrvo.org/post/suny-campuses-getting-started-their-start-ny-plans <p></p><p>SUNY campuses across central New York are working to get the final pieces in place to begin attracting business as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Start-Up NY.&nbsp;</p><p>Start-Up NY offers businesses a chance to operate tax-free for ten years, if they set up shop within one mile of college campus, and create jobs that support the academic mission of the school they’re affiliated with. &nbsp;</p><p>So far, according to the Start-Up NY web site, there are more than a dozen colleges and universities aligned with the economic development program. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 11:31:21 +0000 Ellen Abbott 55346 at http://wrvo.org Overwhelming demand to attend job fair for Nano Utica http://wrvo.org/post/overwhelming-demand-attend-job-fair-nano-utica <p></p><p>Registration for a job fair to work at the new nano technology facility in Utica had to be cut off several days early because there was too much demand for the 300 open positions.</p><p>The job fair for the QUAD-C computer chip center on the campus of the SUNY Institute of Technology is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. But after 1,500 people had registered by Thursday, organizers cut it off.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:27:57 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54947 at http://wrvo.org Overwhelming demand to attend job fair for Nano Utica Leaders discuss Oswego County infrastructure issues http://wrvo.org/post/leaders-discuss-oswego-county-infrastructure-issues <p></p><p>Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) says Oswego County is in a prime position to grow economically, but needs some help improving the infrastructure to do that.</p><p>The Democrat, whose district includes Syracuse and part of Oswego County, recently held a roundtable on infrastructure at the Port of Oswego.</p><p>Maffei and fellow Rep Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) have helped secure funding for rail improvements at the port. This time the topics of discussion were not only expanding roads and rail lines, but replacing water and sewer lines and better rural broadband access.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:57:46 +0000 Gino Geruntino 54942 at http://wrvo.org Leaders discuss Oswego County infrastructure issues Report: There's a looming skills gap in New York's economy http://wrvo.org/post/report-theres-looming-skills-gap-new-yorks-economy <p></p><p>There is a looming skills gap between available jobs in New York and the training needed to fill them, according to a new report.</p><p><a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/220142438/Ready-Nation-skills-gap-report#fullscreen=1" target="_blank">The report</a>, by <a href="http://www.readynation.org/" target="_blank">Ready Nation/America’s Edge</a> found that by 2020, there will be 350,000 available jobs in the state that New Yorkers won’t have the skills needed to fill. They’re mid-level skilled jobs that require some advanced education, like an associate degree or certificate.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:44:59 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54795 at http://wrvo.org Pulaski company adds manufacturing jobs http://wrvo.org/post/pulaski-company-adds-manufacturing-jobs <p></p><p>A specialty paper producer in Pulaski recently more than doubled its production and workforce. Felix Schoeller, which makes inkjet papers and specialty products, added more than 170 employees in the past year -- boosting its total to nearly 300 people.</p><p>Michael Szidat, president of Felix Schoeller North America, says New York state’s economic development agency, Empire State Development, helped the company by giving it tax credits.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:27:35 +0000 Gino Geruntino 54485 at http://wrvo.org Utica considers launching freedom trail http://wrvo.org/post/utica-considers-launching-freedom-trail <p></p><p>Almost 200 years ago, Utica was home to a passionate abolitionist community determined to rid the young nation of slavery. Now a local group is trying to remind the public of the significance of the city’s role in the anti-slavery movement.</p><p>Nearly sixty people came out recently on a typically chilly winter morning to walk downtown Utica streets, each of which had a story to tell from the days of the Underground Railroad.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:25:29 +0000 Jon Kealy 53930 at http://wrvo.org Utica considers launching freedom trail Ant-poverty tour highlighting inequality in New York state http://wrvo.org/post/ant-poverty-tour-highlighting-inequality-new-york-state <p></p><p>A campaign by the New York State Community Action Association to change perceptions of poverty was launched last week in Albany. The "From Poverty to Opportunity Tour 2014" is running in conjunction with a series of speaking events around the state that will feature people sharing personal stories of their experience of poverty.</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:34:00 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 54139 at http://wrvo.org Ant-poverty tour highlighting inequality in New York state What upstate NY needs to do to stay relevant in global economy http://wrvo.org/post/what-upstate-ny-needs-do-stay-relevant-global-economy <p></p><p><em>The chairman of the worldwide accounting firm PWC, formerly called Pricewaterhouse Coopers, has roots right here in central New York. Bob Moritz is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and visited the campus last week to speak about the global economy. WRVO's Catherine Loper spoke with Moritz about how those trends apply to the economic situation in upstate New York.</em></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:59:12 +0000 Catherine Loper 53868 at http://wrvo.org What upstate NY needs to do to stay relevant in global economy Winter tourism industry has hot season, even with bitter cold http://wrvo.org/post/winter-tourism-industry-has-hot-season-even-bitter-cold <p></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:44:14 +0000 Gino Geruntino 53558 at http://wrvo.org Winter tourism industry has hot season, even with bitter cold Syracuse Land Bank reports on progess in first year http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-land-bank-reports-progess-first-year <p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:39:21 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52592 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse Land Bank reports on progess in first year Syracuse Land Bank demolishes first house http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-land-bank-demolishes-first-house <p>The Greater Syracuse Land Bank has torn down its first house. Crews demolished a vacant home just off South Salina Street on Syracuse’s Southside Monday, after the land bank determined it was deteriorated beyond repair.<br /><br />It’s the first of 25 properties slated for demolition this year, by the organization that buys dilapidated properties and either rehabs them or tears them down.&nbsp; The idea is to deal with properties that are a drag on neighborhoods and magnets for crime.<br /> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:44:57 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52458 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse Land Bank demolishes first house Nation's first nano film school to launch in Onondaga County http://wrvo.org/post/nations-first-nano-film-school-launch-onondaga-county <p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:19:48 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52229 at http://wrvo.org Nation's first nano film school to launch in Onondaga County Drone test site secures half its startup funding with state grant http://wrvo.org/post/drone-test-site-secures-half-its-startup-funding-state-grant <p></p><p>Upstate New York’s new drone testing site is closer to pulling enough money together to begin operating. It’s been awarded a state grant to cover some of its startup costs.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:24:03 +0000 Ryan Delaney 52122 at http://wrvo.org Drone test site secures half its startup funding with state grant Investment dollars for upstate New York startups on the rise http://wrvo.org/post/investment-dollars-upstate-new-york-startups-rise <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The amount of money being invested in startup businesses in upstate New York is increasing, but that doesn’t mean starting a business here is suddenly easy.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:07:14 +0000 Ryan Delaney 52053 at http://wrvo.org Investment dollars for upstate New York startups on the rise Remington expansion plans causes concern in Mohawk Valley http://wrvo.org/post/remington-expansion-plans-causes-concern-mohawk-valley <p></p><p>When Remington Arms announced that it was going to build a new manufacturing and development facility in Alabama, people in central New York's Mohawk Valley became concerned their jobs were on the line.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Even though none of the plant's 1,300 employees are expected to lose their jobs, lawmakers say more can be done to support the firearm manufacturer's operations in the village of </span>Ilion<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:28:15 +0000 Gino Geruntino 51686 at http://wrvo.org Remington expansion plans causes concern in Mohawk Valley Labor secretary highlights high-tech manufacturing in visit http://wrvo.org/post/labor-secretary-highlights-high-tech-manufacturing-visit <p></p><p>The United States Labor Secretary visited central New York Wednesday to announce a new workforce training grant program and to put a focus on advanced manufacturing.</p><p>Labor Secretary Thomas Perez went to the Fulton Companies in Pulaski and then on to the Center of Excellence in Syracuse. Perez, a Buffalo native, was promoting a $150 million workforce training program targeting the long-term unemployed.</p><p>"If we reduce that long term unemployment rate to the rates that it’s usually at after recessions, we could bring our unemployment rate down to the low fives," he said.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:36:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 51626 at http://wrvo.org Labor secretary highlights high-tech manufacturing in visit Utica's continued growth fuels chamber of commerce's name change http://wrvo.org/post/uticas-continued-growth-fuels-chamber-commerces-name-change <p></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 12:43:52 +0000 Gino Geruntino 50797 at http://wrvo.org Utica's continued growth fuels chamber of commerce's name change Biden promotes reinvention of workforce training upstate http://wrvo.org/post/biden-promotes-reinvention-workforce-training-upstate <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>In his State of the Union address President Barack Obama tapped Vice President Joe Biden to lead a reform of the country’s training programs to ensure the skills in the workforce match employers’ needs.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:49:16 +0000 Kate O'Connell 50627 at http://wrvo.org Biden promotes reinvention of workforce training upstate $100 million for amphitheater, housing coming to Solvay http://wrvo.org/post/100-million-amphitheater-housing-coming-solvay <p>A combined $100 million redevelopment project for the western side of Onondaga Lake will bring new housing and street upgrades to the village of Solvay and a 17,000 seat entertainment venue to the shoreline of the lake.</p><p>It's not the project Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney hoped to bring Gov. Andrew Cuomo to town to announce, but when Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner derailed Mahoney's and Syracuse University's idea for a new athletic stadium in the city, the county executive quickly shifted to this one.</p><p>"This project hits it exactly right," said Cuomo.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:37:06 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50591 at http://wrvo.org $100 million for amphitheater, housing coming to Solvay Nano Utica provides spark in Rust Belt city http://wrvo.org/post/nano-utica-provides-spark-rust-belt-city <p>In the Utica area, there’s been a lot of buzz lately about nanotechnology, and the possibility that a major nanotech manufacturing facility will soon locate&nbsp; there. But what exactly is Nano Utica?<br /><br />On a chilly November morning, contractors are giving public tours of a construction site at the SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica. But it’s not a classroom building or new dorm they’re walking around. The public is getting a sneak peak at something known here as Quad-C, the Computer Chip Commercialization Center.<br /> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:00:38 +0000 Vanessa Maines 50575 at http://wrvo.org Nano Utica provides spark in Rust Belt city Burrows Paper Corporation prepares to expand operations in Little Falls http://wrvo.org/post/burrows-paper-corporation-prepares-expand-operations-little-falls <p></p><p>Burrows Paper Corp., a nearly 100 year-old company in the city of Little Falls, is making changes at one of its paper mills to create more jobs and increase revenue.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:03:13 +0000 Gino Geruntino 50508 at http://wrvo.org