upstate economy http://wrvo.org en Schumer puts out the call for a downtown Syracuse supermarket http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-puts-out-call-downtown-syracuse-supermarket <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the number of people living downtown continues to grow, so does the need for a grocery store in the neighborhood. Sen. Charles </span>Schumer, D-N.Y.,<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he can help lure one to the central business district.</span></p><p>Schumer says the heads of major chains will listen to him. He's reaching out to a number of chains, like Tops and Whole Foods, to try to convince them to locate downtown.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:27:48 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58298 at http://wrvo.org Schumer puts out the call for a downtown Syracuse supermarket Chobani now a registered company in Delaware; says its not leaving http://wrvo.org/post/chobani-now-registered-company-delaware-says-its-not-leaving <p></p><p>New York-based yogurt company Chobani has registered its company in Delaware. Chobani says it’s not going anywhere, but it’s increased rumors the company is going public.</p><p>Chobani's headquarters is in Norwich, in Chenango County and it's factory is in New Berlin. But for tax purposes, the company is now a resident of Delaware.</p><p>Many corporations call Delaware their home on paper, because the state has more lenient corporate policies than others.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 23:22:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55772 at http://wrvo.org Chobani now a registered company in Delaware; says its not leaving 'Busting at the seams,' Syracuse Co-op eyes downtown expansion http://wrvo.org/post/busting-seams-syracuse-co-op-eyes-downtown-expansion <p></p><p>Downtown Syracuse could gain a grocery store in the near future, thanks to a market from a different part of town.</p><p>The Syracuse Real Food Co-op has been a fixture of the University area neighborhood for four decades. And business has been good.</p><p>"We do way higher, like four-times, the industry standard for sales-per-square feet. We are literally busting at the seams," said Syracuse Real Food Co-Op General Manager Jeremy DeChario.</p><p>Their small space makes growing any more nearly impossible, he said, but the grocery store has set its sights on downtown.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 20:47:28 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55380 at http://wrvo.org 'Busting at the seams,' Syracuse Co-op eyes downtown expansion Upstate N.Y. drone test site gets another $1 million in funding http://wrvo.org/post/upstate-ny-drone-test-site-gets-another-1-million-funding <p></p><p>There's another $1 million in the recently passed state budget for upstate New York's new drone testing program, which means the site now has enough funding to get through at least its first year of operations.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:16:47 +0000 Ryan Delaney 53635 at http://wrvo.org Upstate N.Y. drone test site gets another $1 million in funding $1.2 billion offer for Remington Arms on the table http://wrvo.org/post/12-billion-offer-remington-arms-table <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's a $1.2 billion offer on the table to purchase gun maker Remington Arms, and even though Remington's owner has been looking for a buyer, it reportedly isn't taking this one seriously.</span></p><p>Remington Arms is one of the nation's oldest and largest gun makers in the country. Its factory has been located in the small Mohawk Valley town of Ilion, N.Y. for two centuries. It employs about 1,300 people and reportedly earned about $1.2 billion in revenue to 2013.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:45:27 +0000 Ryan Delaney 52646 at http://wrvo.org $1.2 billion offer for Remington Arms on the table Syracuse lawmakers set to vote on comprehensive plan, after delays http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-lawmakers-set-vote-comprehensive-plan-after-delays <p></p><p>After a year of delays and re-writes, Syracuse lawmakers are finally set to vote on a new comprehensive plan for the city.</p><p>City planners had been working on the vision for how the city should look in 2040 for two years.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Then it went to the council, where lawmakers had a lot of questions and proposed changes, which caused them </span><a href="http://wrvo.org/post/syracuses-council-accused-delaying-comprehensive-plan" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">to continually delay voting on it</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:30:49 +0000 Ryan Delaney 52628 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo cheerleads Adirondack, Lake Placid tourism http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-cheerleads-adirondack-lake-placid-tourism <p></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:36:59 +0000 Brian Mann 52435 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo cheerleads Adirondack, Lake Placid tourism NY DOT looking at five options to speed up rail travel http://wrvo.org/post/ny-dot-looking-five-options-speed-rail-travel <div><p></p><p>New York state transportation planners have opened the discussion about the best way to speed up train travel through upstate New York.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Passenger trains running between Buffalo and New York City right now run at about 50 miles per hour and are often slowed more by competing freight train traffic.</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:46:52 +0000 Ryan Delaney 52278 at http://wrvo.org NY DOT looking at five options to speed up rail travel New York in the World http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-world-0 <p style="margin-top: 3px; margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 18px; background-color: rgb(243, 248, 250);">Join us Sunday, February 16 for an encore presentation of New York in the World. This documentary brings you stories of union workers in Buffalo, fashion designers in New York City, and farmers in the Finger Lakes - all talking about how they've found a place amid today's new economic realities.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:46:59 +0000 Jason Smith 51325 at http://wrvo.org New York in the World Miner focuses on city development, proposed stadium in State of the City address http://wrvo.org/post/miner-focuses-city-development-proposed-stadium-state-city-address <p>Mayor Stephanie Miner is putting together a task force to consider the community and economic impacts of a new sports arena in the city of Syracuse. The mayor put the issue, which has had the town buzzing in recent weeks, in her annual State of the City speech.<br /><br />"I am neither in favor of a stadium nor against a stadium, but there has to be a process where people can get their questions answered," Miner said.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:32:35 +0000 Ellen Abbott 50336 at http://wrvo.org Miner focuses on city development, proposed stadium in State of the City address 'Next Great Idea' competition underway again in Oswego County http://wrvo.org/post/next-great-idea-competition-underway-again-oswego-county <p></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:57:12 +0000 Gino Geruntino 50191 at http://wrvo.org 'Next Great Idea' competition underway again in Oswego County Clinic taking steps toward financial health http://wrvo.org/post/clinic-taking-steps-toward-financial-health <p></p><p style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;">A clinic in Watertown that serves many needy children is taking steps toward better financial health after nearly closing abruptly in October.</p><p style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;"> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:24:30 +0000 Joanna Richards 49877 at http://wrvo.org Clinic taking steps toward financial health Refugee communities diversify upstate business environment http://wrvo.org/post/refugee-communities-diversify-upstate-business-environment <p>The desire for familiar food, clothing, and other products from home is spurring refugee communities in upstate New York to start their own businesses. In response, a group in Rochester has organized a six-week startup business training course to help the Somali refugee community navigate the process.</p><p>“They can actually create their own little local economy where they can exchange, similar to what they had in Somalia,” says David Dey, president and CEO of the <a href="http://www.institute4se.com/" target="_blank">Institute for Social Entrepreneurship</a>.</p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 12:06:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 48996 at http://wrvo.org Refugee communities diversify upstate business environment Passive house takes on upstate winter http://wrvo.org/post/passive-house-takes-upstate-winter <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>Think of a large thermos, large enough to put a family in. That’s a passive house. Passive houses are buildings that rely on their construction, insulation, and the environment to heat them in winter and cool them in summer.</p> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 13:34:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 48176 at http://wrvo.org Passive house takes on upstate winter Auburn milk plant hopes to capitalize on export market http://wrvo.org/post/auburn-milk-plant-hopes-capitalize-export-market <p></p><p>A new dairy processing facility under construction in Cayuga County plans to make most of its money on the export market and its owners are hoping trade rule changes don’t hinder that.</p><p>An $80 million dairy facility going up in Auburn plans to sell powdered milk to countries in Asia and North Africa, but current trade rules with some of those countries could make exporting their products difficult.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:36:02 +0000 Ryan Delaney 48139 at http://wrvo.org Auburn milk plant hopes to capitalize on export market Work begins on Watertown's Woolworth building http://wrvo.org/post/work-begins-watertowns-woolworth-building <div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;"><p></p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Work has begun to revive a long-vacant eyesore at the center of downtown Watertown.</span></div> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 03:11:03 +0000 Joanna Richards 48156 at http://wrvo.org Work begins on Watertown's Woolworth building Buffalo’s RiverBend to be site of two new clean-energy research companies http://wrvo.org/post/buffalo-s-riverbend-be-site-two-new-clean-energy-research-companies <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>Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a $225 million state investment to create a new campus center of clean-energy on a former brownfield site in Buffalo.</p><p>The RiverBend project will create 850 new jobs at the former Republic Steel and Donner Hanna Coke site in south Buffalo along the city’s waterfront as part of the governor's "Buffalo Billion" promise.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:01:46 +0000 Chris Caya and WBFO News 47534 at http://wrvo.org Buffalo’s RiverBend to be site of two new clean-energy research companies Refugees changing the face of an already diverse Syracuse Northside http://wrvo.org/post/refugees-changing-face-already-diverse-syracuse-northside <p><em>The Innovation Trail is taking a look at how the thousands of refugees coming to upstate New York are weaving their way into the region's economy.</em></p><p>Turnout may be low this night because of first snow, Nicole Watts tells those gathered in her entryway. Even as she tries to explain this, there's a near steady knock on the front door.</p><p>Every Tuesday evening, this home at 129 Lilac Street on Syracuse's Northside turns into a community center.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:29:32 +0000 Ryan Delaney 47465 at http://wrvo.org Refugees changing the face of an already diverse Syracuse Northside SU bookstore project risks losing its controversial tax break http://wrvo.org/post/su-bookstore-project-risks-losing-its-controversial-tax-break <p></p><p>The construction of a new college bookstore on the Syracuse University Hill is in danger of losing its tax break if construction doesn’t start in the next month.</p><p>The university and the developer it selected, Cameron Group, won over Syracuse’s city council and industrial development agency (SIDA) for approval of the deal in August 2012.</p><p>But since shovels still haven’t broken ground on the project a year later, the city’s economic development agency this week voted the project in default of its contract. The developer has another 30 days to begin work.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:46:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 47447 at http://wrvo.org SU bookstore project risks losing its controversial tax break Anti-gas pipeline group warns residents of I-81 pipeline http://wrvo.org/post/anti-gas-pipeline-group-warns-residents-i-81-pipeline <p></p><p>Homeowners along an abandoned gas line across three central New York counties are getting advice about how to deal with gas companies who may come knocking.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:00:56 +0000 Ellen Abbott 47425 at http://wrvo.org Anti-gas pipeline group warns residents of I-81 pipeline Refugees revitalize Rust Belt city of Buffalo http://wrvo.org/post/refugees-revitalize-rust-belt-city-buffalo <p></p><p><em>Upstate New York cities take in around 90 percent of all current refugee resettlements in the state. All this week, The Innovation Trail is taking a look at how that diverse population has weaved its way into the region’s changing economy.</em></p><p>In Buffalo, a handful of students from countries all over the world are sitting in a class at <a href="http://jersbuffalo.org/">Journey’s End Refugee Services. </a>They are learning how to become janitors for local businesses. The group nods as a student explains an assignment to them.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:35:45 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 47373 at http://wrvo.org Refugees revitalize Rust Belt city of Buffalo Refugee communities pump new energy into post-industrial Utica http://wrvo.org/post/refugee-communities-pump-new-energy-post-industrial-utica <p></p><p><em>Since 2004, upstate New York has taken 90 percent of all refugee resettlements in the state.</em> <em>This is the first part of the Innovation Trail reporting series looking at how upstate New York's refugee population is influencing the region's economy.</em></p><p>Utica has long seen itself as a city of immigrants. The arrival of Italians, Germans and Irish drove the city’s population to peak at around 100,000. During the mid 1970s<em> </em>in the wake of major changes to the city's industrial base and dwindling employment opportunities, the population fell by nearly half.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:13:39 +0000 Ryan Delaney 47315 at http://wrvo.org Refugee communities pump new energy into post-industrial Utica Save I-81 group out with poll showing opposition to tear down http://wrvo.org/post/save-i-81-group-out-poll-showing-opposition-tear-down <p></p><p>A group of suburban politicians and business owners that support keeping Interstate 81 running through the city of Syracuse are out with a poll they say shows most residents agree with them.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:52:51 +0000 Ryan Delaney 46973 at http://wrvo.org Save I-81 group out with poll showing opposition to tear down State kicks off Startup-NY tax-free program http://wrvo.org/post/state-kicks-startup-ny-tax-free-program <p></p><p>New York’s plan to attract new business and jobs to the state by offering them tax-free space at public colleges is underway. Officials Tuesday outlined for the first time specifics about how the program will work.</p><p>They tried to lay out the plan as simply as possible:</p><p>"There’s no fine print. There’s no trips and traps, caveats; there’s no taxes," said Executive Vice President of Startup-NY Leslie Whatley in a conference call with reporters.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:07:08 +0000 Ryan Delaney 46048 at http://wrvo.org State kicks off Startup-NY tax-free program More layoffs hit upstate N.Y. Lockheed Martin facilities http://wrvo.org/post/more-layoffs-hit-upstate-ny-lockheed-martin-facilities <p></p><p>Workers at Lockheed Martin sites in central New York and the Southern Tier are being hit with another round of layoffs, but the company says the move is not tied to the government shutdown that just ended.</p><p>A total of 600 workers across the country will be out of a job early next month, according to the defense contractor.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:07:22 +0000 Ryan Delaney 45826 at http://wrvo.org More layoffs hit upstate N.Y. Lockheed Martin facilities Old prisons could become homes for business startups http://wrvo.org/post/old-prisons-could-become-homes-business-startups <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>Some abandoned prisons in the upstate area could become home to start-up companies under Gov. Andrew Cuomo&#39;s <a href="http://startup-ny.com/">Start-Up New York</a> initiative.</p><p>The initiative aims to provide major incentives for companies to relocate, develop, or significantly expand in New York by offering state and local tax-free zones on university and college campuses.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:49:38 +0000 Kate O'Connell 45645 at http://wrvo.org Old prisons could become homes for business startups Three Finger Lakes wineries join forces to promote international sales http://wrvo.org/post/three-finger-lakes-wineries-join-forces-promote-international-sales <p></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:01:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 45614 at http://wrvo.org Three Finger Lakes wineries join forces to promote international sales Upscale hotel coming to Syracuse's Inner Harbor http://wrvo.org/post/upscale-hotel-coming-syracuses-inner-harbor <p></p><p>An upscale hotel chain has signed on as the first tenant in the redevelopment of Syracuse&#39;s Inner Harbor.</p><p>Starwood Hotels and Resorts announced Thursday that will build an $18 million, 130 room &quot;Aloft&quot; hotel at the former barge canal, as part of a larger redevelopment of the now rarely used site.</p><p>In all, COR Development is working on <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-cautiously-approves-inner-harbor-plans" target="_blank">a $350 million overhaul of the site</a>. It plans more commercial and residential space.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 10:29:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 45121 at http://wrvo.org Upscale hotel coming to Syracuse's Inner Harbor Farm Bill expiration worries New York's farmers http://wrvo.org/post/farm-bill-expiration-worries-new-yorks-farmers <p></p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 11:29:01 +0000 Karen DeWitt 45040 at http://wrvo.org Farm Bill expiration worries New York's farmers Opposition to gambling amendment heats up http://wrvo.org/post/opposition-gambling-amendment-heats <p></p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:49:50 +0000 Karen DeWitt 44922 at http://wrvo.org