western New York http://wrvo.org en Dunkirk power plant to switch to natural gas http://wrvo.org/post/dunkirk-power-plant-switch-natural-gas <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>Many of New York’s power stations are reaching the end of their operating lives, with coal-fired plants becoming less viable from both a business and environmental standpoint.</p><p>This week, <a href="http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/12152013-dunkirk-power-plant" target="_blank">Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced</a> a $150 million deal that will see the coal-fired power plant in Dunkirk converted to burn natural gas.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:28:42 +0000 Kate O'Connell 48863 at http://wrvo.org Dunkirk power plant to switch to natural gas New York's Dairy Farmers Squeezed By Greek Yogurt Boom http://wrvo.org/post/can-new-yorks-cows-keep-demand-greek-yogurt Upstate New York has lugged around the Rust Belt identity for decades now. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 14:12:27 +0000 editor 43577 at http://wrvo.org New York's Dairy Farmers Squeezed By Greek Yogurt Boom Struggle for federal dredging money continues in upstate cities http://wrvo.org/post/struggle-federal-dredging-money-continues-upstate-cities <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>Shipping lanes and ports along the Great Lakes are big contributors to the economies of upstate cities.&nbsp; Federal funding to remove sediment and keep these shipping lanes open is available, but funds are limited and some of the smaller ports struggle to secure the money to dredge shipping channels on a yearly basis.</p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:28:34 +0000 Kate O'Connell 42908 at http://wrvo.org Struggle for federal dredging money continues in upstate cities Historic architecture improved with new technology http://wrvo.org/post/historic-architecture-improved-new-technology-0 <p></p><p>A western New York business is creating terra cotta architectural features with the help of the latest technology. The objects are an important element in restoring and maintaining historic buildings, and building new ones.</p><p><a href="http://www.bostonvalley.com/">The work done at Boston Valley Terra Cotta dates </a>back to the late 1800's. The gargoyles, statues, and feature tiles they create can be seen on buildings like Grand Central Station, the Philadelphia Public Library, and the Poptahof in the Netherlands.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:14:01 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 42936 at http://wrvo.org Historic architecture improved with new technology New York in the World: How one manufacturing plant survived http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-world-how-one-manufacturing-plant-survived <p></p><p>In 1975, the workforce in several major cities in upstate New York had more than 40 percent of their jobs in manufacturing. Today, that number hovers around 10 percent. There are examples of manufacturers and workers in New York state who have found a place in our new global economy, but not without sacrifice.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 10:34:00 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 42857 at http://wrvo.org New York in the World: How one manufacturing plant survived Cuomo brings gambling revenue to western New York http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-brings-gambling-revenue-western-new-york <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo spent Wednesday traveling to three western New York cities to deliver gambling revenue that was withheld by the Seneca Nation of Indians during a four-year dispute with the state. Cuomo and Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder, Sr. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:56:37 +0000 Julie Alderman 41924 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo brings gambling revenue to western New York Hill Cumorah Pageant brings more than entertainment to upstate New York http://wrvo.org/post/hill-cumorah-pageant-brings-more-entertainment-upstate-new-york <p></p><p>With 750 cast members, more than a thousand costumes, and special effects to rival a Hollywood film, the <a href="http://www.hillcumorah.org/Pageant/" target="_blank">Hill Cumorah Pageant</a>, which celebrates the history of the Mormon church, draws thousands of people to western New York each year.</p><p>They come in droves, from around the world, converging on the town of Palmyra to witness a Mormon spectacle taking place way off Broadway.</p><p>There’s a ten-level stage, a burning at the stake, and cast members descending on wires.</p> Sat, 20 Jul 2013 12:34:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 41344 at http://wrvo.org Hill Cumorah Pageant brings more than entertainment to upstate New York Access technology development also has strong economic potential http://wrvo.org/post/access-technology-development-also-has-strong-economic-potential <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>An estimated 15 percent of people around the world live with some form of disability. Upstate universities are tackling the challenges faced by this segment of the population and coming up with innovative technologies to increase access.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:01:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 39441 at http://wrvo.org Access technology development also has strong economic potential Greek yogurt plant could boost upstate dairy industry http://wrvo.org/post/greek-yogurt-plant-could-boost-upstate-dairy-industry <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>Upstate New York’s newest Greek yogurt factory opened its doors in Batavia, Monday. The factory is a joint venture between Pepsi and German dairy giant, the Theo Muller Group. The Muller Quaker Dairy Plant is touted as a shot in the arm for the dairy industry in western New York.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 20:29:39 +0000 Kate O'Connell 38957 at http://wrvo.org Greek yogurt plant could boost upstate dairy industry Community colleges help region's economy http://wrvo.org/post/community-colleges-help-regions-economy <p>Community colleges are having a large economic impact on their home counties upstate, according to new research.<br><br>A report focused on Monroe Community College in western New York, calculated the institution has an annual impact of more than $710 million in Monroe County. And, says MCC president Anne Kress, SUNY colleges across upstate New York are no different. Fri, 31 May 2013 12:57:23 +0000 Kate O'Connell 38753 at http://wrvo.org Farming or high-tech park? One community weighs the options http://wrvo.org/post/farming-or-high-tech-park-one-community-weighs-options <p>The quiet western New York farming community of Alabama sits among acres of farm and wetland. It’s also the site chosen for a new Science Technology and Manufacturing Park, known as STAMP. The high-tech park has also been the subject of some public scrutiny, as Genesee county rates highly amongst top agricultural producers in the state. The project is also an example of when the values of agricultural communities are starting to rub up against an upstate development agenda focused around high-tech manufacturing.</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 13:01:33 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 38501 at http://wrvo.org Farming or high-tech park? One community weighs the options Event showcases student innovation and creativity http://wrvo.org/post/event-showcases-student-innovation-and-creativity <p>More than 100 kids showcased their ideas at the 11th annual <a href="http://www.wnykidsinvent.org/index.html">Western New York Invention Convention</a>, held recently at <a href="http://medaille.edu">Medaille College in Buffalo</a>. It was created to promote creative thinking and encourage scientific problem solving. Sat, 11 May 2013 12:36:00 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 37649 at http://wrvo.org Event showcases student innovation and creativity Farm run-off is polluting Lake Erie, says new report http://wrvo.org/post/farm-run-polluting-lake-erie-says-new-report <p>A new report called Taken By Storm released by the National Wildlife Foundation is highlighting the issue of excessive fertilizer runoff into Lake Erie. The resulting algal blooms can seriously impact the health of those who rely on its water. Thu, 02 May 2013 19:19:00 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 37159 at http://wrvo.org Farm run-off is polluting Lake Erie, says new report Finger Lakes tops the class for business friendliness in New York http://wrvo.org/post/finger-lakes-tops-class-business-friendliness-new-york <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 grades are in and the Finger Lakes region is top-of-the-class for business friendliness in New York state. That’s the conclusion of a <a href="http://www.thumbtack.com/media/survey/2013/friendliness/v1/ThumbtackMethodologyPaper2013.pdf" target="_blank">new small businesses survey</a> conducted by Thumbtack.com. But the survey also shows that the state still lags in a national comparison. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 20:44:40 +0000 Kate O'Connell 35893 at http://wrvo.org Finger Lakes tops the class for business friendliness in New York Training program aims to fill jobs in food processing sector http://wrvo.org/post/training-program-aims-fill-jobs-food-processing-sector <p>New food processing facilities are popping up across western New York, and they're generating demand for skilled workers to operate them. Thu, 04 Apr 2013 20:01:12 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 35496 at http://wrvo.org EPA provides advice on sustainable growth to WNY communites http://wrvo.org/post/epa-provides-advice-sustainable-growth-wny-communites <p><a href="http://epa.gov/">The Environmental Protection Agency</a> announced this month it will be providing technical assistance to three western New York communities. They were chosen out of 121 applicants and are three of 43 communities to be assisted across the country. The EPA will provide the aid by delivering workshops on developing sustainable growth strategies. Sun, 03 Mar 2013 13:02:00 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 33975 at http://wrvo.org EPA provides advice on sustainable growth to WNY communites Cuomo reacts to IDA backlash on sales tax proposal http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-reacts-ida-backlash-sales-tax-proposal <p>During his visit to western New York on Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo reacted to the backlash by Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs) against his executive budget proposal that would remove their powers to grant state sales tax exemptions. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 20:38:14 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 33763 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo reacts to IDA backlash on sales tax proposal Collaboration in western New York brings innovative product http://wrvo.org/post/collaboration-western-new-york-brings-innovative-product <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><a href="http://www.sensgard.com/" target="_blank">SensGard LLC</a>. makes hearing protection, but not the kind that you might be used to. Instead of large, wooly earmuffs they are producing small, foldable hearing protectors that look like ear plugs on the end of a headband. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 13:32:48 +0000 Kate O'Connell 26891 at http://wrvo.org Controversy still simmers over SUNY Buffalo Shale Institute http://wrvo.org/post/controversy-still-simmers-over-suny-buffalo-shale-institute <p>Shortly after opening its doors at this spring, the <a href="http://www.srsi.buffalo.edu/?page_id=187" target="_blank">Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI)</a> ignited a controversy that persists several months later.</p><p>The newly-founded SUNY Buffalo institute <a href="http://www.srsi.buffalo.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/UBSRSI-Environmental-Impacts-Single-Page.pdf" target="_blank">issued a study</a>&nbsp;which found a decline in accidents and environmental damage caused by hydrofracking – a drilling technique using high volumes of water, sand and chemicals to extract natural gas from shale far below the Earth’s surface.</p><p>Opponents call the study <a href="http://shalestuff.com/controversy-2/university-buffalo-institute-report-meets-criticism/article01935" target="_blank">flawed and biased in favor of the oil and gas industry</a>.</p><p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 14:02:14 +0000 Daniel Robison 25635 at http://wrvo.org Controversy still simmers over SUNY Buffalo Shale Institute Buffalo's roster of incubators grows by one http://wrvo.org/post/buffalos-roster-incubators-grows-one <p>Buffalo&rsquo;s latest business incubator is on the hunt for small tech companies who are long on ideas, but perhaps short on cash, office space and personnel.&nbsp;</p><p>Calling itself Buffalo&rsquo;s first Internet-focused incubator, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzQY-W4qm_g&amp;feature=player_embedded" target="_blank">Z80 Labs </a>launched Monday with a well-orchestrated launch party featuring the region&rsquo;s tech elite, as well as Forbes CEO Mike Perlis, and prominent venture capitalist Fred Wilson.</p><p>Z80 is<a href="http://www.buffalorising.com/2012/07/-by-kevin-purdy--even-if.html" target="_blank"> the brainchild of some of Buffalo&rsquo;s richest entrepreneurs </a>who are<a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2012/07/24/incubator-gives-local-entrepreneurs-a.html" target="_blank"> promising to use their business connections and access to capital </a>to nurture hand-selected startups.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 20:04:00 +0000 Daniel Robison 23213 at http://wrvo.org Buffalo's roster of incubators grows by one Voyage studying plastic in Great Lakes sets sail http://wrvo.org/post/voyage-studying-plastic-great-lakes-sets-sail <p>Until now, scientists could only guess at the amount of plastic waste in the Great Lakes.</p><p>This week, a team of researchers sets sail to conduct the first-ever survey of plastic pollution in the world&rsquo;s largest fresh water system.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 13:30:10 +0000 Daniel Robison 22477 at http://wrvo.org Voyage studying plastic in Great Lakes sets sail Cow manure helps keep the lights on in western New York http://wrvo.org/post/cow-manure-helps-keep-lights-western-new-york <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>New York State is home to more than 600,000 dairy cows, which generate millions of pounds of manure.</p><p>Now, a new energy project in rural Wyoming County aims to be a model for using cow waste and by-products from food processing to generate electricity.</p><p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 21:00:08 +0000 Daniel Robison 22154 at http://wrvo.org Cow manure helps keep the lights on in western New York New $300 million medical building opens in Buffalo http://wrvo.org/post/new-300-million-medical-building-opens-buffalo <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 newest addition to Buffalo&rsquo;s skyline has opened its doors.</p><p>The 10-story, $300 million Gates Vascular Institute/Clinical and Translational Research Center houses a state-of-the-art surgery center, research labs and a business incubator.</p><p> Wed, 30 May 2012 20:15:03 +0000 Daniel Robison 20116 at http://wrvo.org New $300 million medical building opens in Buffalo IDA reform bill stuck in neutral http://wrvo.org/post/ida-reform-bill-stuck-neutral <p><span id="primaryContentDepotPortlet.contentDescription">In recent years, donut shops, car dealerships, and doctor&#39;s offices have received tax breaks from industrial development agencies in western New York.</span></p><p><span>Now, a first-term state legislator from Buffalo has crafted a bill to halt such deals.</span></p><p> Sat, 26 May 2012 21:00:00 +0000 Daniel Robison 19904 at http://wrvo.org IDA reform bill stuck in neutral How odd weather is hurting New York fruit growers http://wrvo.org/post/how-odd-weather-hurting-new-york-fruit-growers <p>The apple crop in New York is the second-largest in the country, behind only Washington State. Cherries, peaches, apricots and grapes are also big business in New York.</p><p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 16:37:12 +0000 Matt Richmond 18196 at http://wrvo.org How odd weather is hurting New York fruit growers