Ryan Delaney

Reporter, Innovation Trail, Central New York

Ryan Delaney works on the Innovation Trail project - covering technology, economic development, startups and other issues relating to New York's innovation economy.

Ryan began his public radio career working for WAER in Syracuse while still in college, where his work was honored by the Syracuse Press Club. He then returned to Syracuse, N.Y. from Albany where he worked at WAMC. Prior to that, Ryan filed stories for The Allegheny Front in Pittsburgh.

His reporting has also been heard on NPR, Vermont Public Radio and New Hampshire Public Radio.

Ryan grew up in Burlington, Vt. He has a degree in broadcast journalism and international relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

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10:47am

Fri August 17, 2012
Startups

100 days in the books, startups emerge from Syracuse accelerator

Jason Scherr, CEO of Tivity, pitches his company's website at StartFast's Demo Day.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

One-hundred long days full of presentations, meetings with mentors and practicing investor pitches is all done.

The first-ever StartFast Venture Accelerator concluded Thursday morning with its Demo Day.

"Saying it was all hard would be an understatement," said Timothy Beckford, a founder of PadProof, a program to help professional photographers sell their pictures more easily. "It was a tremendous undertaking. We worked like crazy."

Nine companies entered StartFast back in May, but only eight made it through. The teams were given seed money, workspace and access to dozens of mentors.

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4:14pm

Thu August 16, 2012
Startups

Young entrepreneurs show off what they made in the "Sandbox"

Joshua Anderson, founder Uvalue, pitches his startup at the Student Sandbox Demo Day.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Thirty-four teams got coaching from 115 mentors for three months in the Student Sandbox. Fifteen of those teams made it to Demo Day.

The Sandbox, a startup business accelerator for college students and recent graduates, wrapped up for the summer on Thursday.

Company founders presented their ideas and business platforms to a packed room of fellow startups and potential investors.

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11:51am

Thu August 16, 2012
Health

Study finds high risk to drinking water from fracking wastewater

Each shale natural gas well requires millions of gallons of water to be fracked.
Matt Richmond WSKG

A new study on managing wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing finds the biggest risk of contamination to drinking water supplies occurs during the disposal process.

The report is by Stony Brook University and was published this month in the journal "Risk Analysis."

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4:53pm

Fri August 10, 2012
Politics and Government

Richard Hanna on being a "moderate"

Central New York Representative Richard Hanna knows he comes down on the moderate side of his Republican colleagues in Congress.

Speaking this week during a visit to Central Square, which sits in the newly drawn 22nd congressional district he is running for re-election in, the first-term congressman talked about influences from his more conservative colleagues.

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10:25am

Fri August 10, 2012
Education

Say Yes scholars get head start for college life at OCC

Onondaga Community College held a closing ceremony for a summer prep program for its Say Yes to Education scholars Thursday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Twenty-nine students attending Onondaga Community College this fall through the Say Yes to Education program were so excited to hit the books, they started early.

They wrapped up OCC's Summer Success Academy yesterday with a small closing ceremony full of encouraging words from Say Yes and OCC staffers.

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4:30pm

Thu August 9, 2012
Politics and Government

Local congressman ventures guess in VP-stakes

Guessing who Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney might pick to be his running mate is one of the most popular parlor games among political wonks at the moment.

While many politicians won't venture to guess who the GOP vice presidential nominee will be, one central New York office holder was willing to make a prediction.

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9:14am

Thu August 9, 2012
Business

Hanna says STEM education just as important for boosting economy

Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barnevald), left, tours Design Concepts LLC in Central Square.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Fixing the tax code and overhauling regulation is important for boosting small businesses, says Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barnevald), but he says in the long term, increasing science and math education is the key for the economy.

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10:32am

Wed August 8, 2012
Business

Internship program with the aim of getting kids to stick around

CenterState CEO is trying to match more local employers with college students with its Project ION.
USACEpublicafairs via Flickr

It's no guarantee, but the college internship can often lead to a job offer after graduation.

Economic development officials in Syracuse are hoping that getting more college students involved in internships at local, small businesses can help reduce the "brain drain" of young, educated people leaving the region.

CenterState CEO, an economic development agency, is ramping up its Project ION - Internship Opportunity Network - for another school year.

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12:57pm

Tue August 7, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Construction activity in Syracuse setting quick pace in 2012

A new Marriott hotel is going up in downtown Syracuse's Armory Square.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Economic development officials often joke that their favorite bird is the crane. Not the one with wings, mind you, but the kind you see on big construction sites.

So far in 2012, developers have put a fair number of cranes into the airspace above Syracuse. The city is seeing a big jump in the value of construction permits applied for.

Through May, $146,271,066 worth of permits have gone on the Division of Code Enforcement's books. That's more than full year totals for both 2009 ($136,534,880) and 2010 ($142,229,141). It is also well out-pacing 2011's numbers, when only about $30 million worth of construction had been applied for through May. Last year ended up finishing at $245,382,179.

That has people in city hall feeling positive about the city's economic outlook.

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4:06pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Regional Coverage

New York's record on economic development projects mixed

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York’s track record on supporting economic development projects is hit and miss.

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4:45pm

Fri August 3, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Crouse-Hinds shows off new lab built thanks to state aid

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to the media and employees at Cooper Crouse-Hinds following a site tour in Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The governor said he had trouble following along with all the new technology on display at Cooper Crouse-Hinds in Syracuse, but he was certainly impressed.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was given a close-up look at a new laboratory paid for with state aid at the 115 year old lighting manufacturer Friday.

Crouse-Hinds, which got its start making simpler devices like traffic lights, now makes lighting and electrical equipment suitable for harsh and hazardous environments.

In December, it won a $300,000 Excelsior tax credit from the Empire State Development Corp to renovate part of its site and put in the new lab.

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4:31pm

Tue July 31, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Vets head back to bootcamp, this time to learn entrepreneurship

Mike Haynie, Executive Director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, talks to participants of the 2011 Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities.
Institute for Veterans with Military Families

Popping the occasional Tylenol and drinking plenty of Red Bull are how Tom Voss and David Kendrick get through the long days at the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV).

Voss, 28, from Wuawatosa, Wis. and Kendrick, 25, from Rochester, are both Army veterans hoping to start their own businesses.

For eight days at Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), Voss, Kendrick and 25 other veterans spend 14 hours a day in classes learning how to be entrepreneurs.

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9:31am

Fri July 27, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Not your traditional summer camp: one for entrepreneurship

El-Java Abdul-Qadir, an instructor at the South Side Innovation Center, talks with students in the entrepreneurship boot camp.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Repetition is the name of the game to turn high schoolers into good entrepreneurs.

All this week, high school students taking part in an entrepreneurship boot camp at the South Side Innovation Center (SSIC) in Syracuse have been forced to practice pitching business ideas and cold-calling clients over-and-over.

"The practical piece is really key," says El-Java Abdul-Qadir, and instructor at SSIC.

This is the first year of the boot camp and twenty kids are taking part, but organizers are hoping it will get bigger next summer.

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9:05am

Thu July 26, 2012
Regional Coverage

Veterans Job Corp. would employ vets for one year

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) stumps for veterans' employment programs during a trip to Syracuse in May.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

As veteran unemployment hovers above the national average, some lawmakers are pushing for the creation of a Veterans Job Corp.

Democrat Senator Charles Schumer from New York says the veteran corp. would be similar to the already established AmeriCorp program.

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3:44pm

Wed July 25, 2012
Regional Coverage

Syracuse shaking as much out of Destiny USA megamall as it can

Inside the expansion of the Destiny USA mall, set to officially open Aug. 2.
Destiny USA

Syracuse's threat of legal action against the Destiny USA mega-mall has prompted a matching threat from the mall's developer.

The dispute involves whether the developer owes the city a $2.2 million dollar payment because of delays in the of the construction of the mall.

In 2002, Destiny USA struck a deal with the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA). The arrangement allows the mall developer to make 30 years worth of payments-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT).

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10:39am

Wed July 25, 2012
Politics

Parties shy away from challenging incumbent lawmakers

It can be tough to unseat an incumbent lawmaker in New York.

That's why both parties are having a tough time this year finding people to run for the state Legislature.

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4:20pm

Tue July 24, 2012
Education

Senator Gillibrand backs uniform paperwork for college applicants

As the rising debt of recent college graduates becomes a focus of families across the country, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is trying to clarify the cost of higher education.

Gillibrand announced today that she is supporting new uniformed financial aid forms released by the Department of Education. She says a greater understanding of costs will help families plan better for college.

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3:16pm

Mon July 23, 2012
Politics and Government

Republican John Sharon will run again for state Assembly

Republican John Sharon will challenge democratic Assemblyman Sam Roberts for the 128th district.
Ryan Delaney WRVO
  • Republican John Sharon will run again for state Assembly

John Sharon thinks a one-on-one race will give him a better shot at winning a seat in the New York State Assembly.

Two years ago, Sharon was one of four candidates vying for the 119th Assembly District. Democrat Sam Roberts emerged the winner.

But this year Sharon, a Republican, will try again -- though in a slightly different district. After redistricting, the 119th has become the 128th, but still encompasses the eastern part of Syracuse and its eastern suburbs. That includes Dewitt, where Sharon lives.

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3:46pm

Wed July 18, 2012
Regional Coverage

Syracuse gets money to revitalize old industrial zones

New York Secretary of State Cesar Perales discusses Syracuse's brownfields as Mayor Stephanie Miner looks on.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Syracuse will use money from a state program to take another step in the long process of redeveloping former industrial sites.

Syracuse is getting a $500,000 Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant for work on 113 acres just south of downtown and a 478 acre strip through the east side of the city. 

The grant is for the development of a revitalization strategy, the second of three phases of the BOA program, according to Owen Kerney, the city's deputy director for planning and sustainability.

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8:54am

Wed July 18, 2012
Regional Coverage

Miner hosts meeting to discuss upstate cities' financial woes

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, left.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Some of upstate New York's mayors are putting their brains together to deal with looming fiscal nightmares.

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10:30am

Tue July 17, 2012
Business

Syracuse IT firm gets state grant for training

IV4's Ben Wilcox tinkers on a computer at the company's Syracuse headquarters.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A Syracuse IT firm says a state grant will help it train and add new employees.

Former Syracuse mayor Matt Driscoll visited IV4 in downtown Syracuse Monday to announce the grant. Driscoll is now the director of the New York Environmental Facilities Corporation.

The $50,000 grant is part of the money the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council secured late last year.

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7:45am

Tue July 17, 2012
Startups

Drawing up their business was harder than they thought

GraFighters co-founder Eric Cleckner, right, shares a laugh with fellow entrepreneur and BrandYourself co-founder Patrick Ambron, left.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Four years ago, Erick Cleckner was sitting next to his friend, Dave Chenell, in a class at Syracuse University. But they weren't exactly paying attention.

"[We were] just drawing in our notebooks instead of taking notes," remembers Cleckner. "And we were arguing about whose drawing would win a fight."

Their debate about whose character would triumph didn't end when class was dismissed. Cleckner and Chenell started working on a digital battlefield where their sketches could actually engage in battle.

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3:39pm

Mon July 16, 2012
Politics and Government

Wendy Long challenges Sen. Gillibrand's fiscal record

Wendy Long, the republican candidate for U.S. Senate, stands next to State Senator John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) during a press conference Monday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long is challenging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's (D-NY) fiscal record.

Long stopped in Syracuse this afternoon on an upstate New York campaign swing.

Taxpayers in New York are sending too much money to Washington, Long contends.

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4:27pm

Tue July 10, 2012
Regional Coverage

Backhoe clears way for downtown Syracuse's Pike Block project

A backhoe demolishes the back of the Bond Building in downtown Syracuse for part of the Pike Block project.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

With the shove of a backhoe, work on a large downtown Syracuse renovation project took a step forward.

Construction crews yesterday began demolition work on part of the Bond Building on South Salina Street. The Bond Building is one of four being renovated by V.I.P. Structures for a project now being called the Pike Block, which encompasses the southwest corner of South Salina and Fayette Streets.

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8:06am

Tue July 10, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Syracuse OK's 30-year tax break for university bookstore

The Syracuse Common Council approved a 30-year tax break for a new bookstore and fitness center for Syracuse University.
Cameron Group, LLC.

Those for it say it has little resemblance to Destiny USA other than the length of the tax break. But those in opposition disagree strongly.

Months of debate about Syracuse's development strategy and negotiations culminated Monday with the city granting just its second-ever 30-year property tax exemption.

The recipient is a developer who will build a mixed-use off-campus bookstore and fitness center for Syracuse University. The property in question is a long sliver of land currently owned by the nonprofit university, so it's not taxable.

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9:26am

Mon July 9, 2012
Politics and Government

Syracuse poised to award second 30-year tax break

The Syracuse Common Council will vote on a proposed tax break for a new bookstore and fitness center this afternoon.
Cameron Group, LLC

Syracuse appears ready to give out its second 30-year tax exemption after months of debate. The decision comes at a time when many in the city are skeptical of public backing for development.

The Common Council has called a special session for later today to vote on the property tax exemption for a developer planning to build a Syracuse University bookstore and fitness center in the University Hill neighborhood.

The vote was supposed to happen back in March, but it was pulled at the last minute because it faced certain defeat. In the months since, councilors have negotiated with the developer and university.

On Friday, councilors confirmed the deal will finally proceed because it has gained the needed five votes.

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8:27am

Mon July 9, 2012
Business

Local labor unions rally to bring jobs back home

Richard Knowles of the United Steel Workers talks to a rally of local labor supporters.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Local labor unions are calling for politicians to do more to stop jobs from going overseas and encourage companies to bring jobs home.

Local chapters of the United Steelworkers (USW) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) organized a rally Friday afternoon outside the shuttered M&K Candle factory on Syracuse's Northside.

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7:10am

Fri July 6, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Did Destiny USA ruin it for other developers in Syracuse?

Syracuse's Destiny USA shopping mall will remain just a mall.
Destiny USA

There's an old promotional video the developer behind the Destiny USA megamall released several years ago. It includes images of glass-enclosed golf courses, huge hotels and helicopter tours of upstate taking off from Syracuse's Inner Harbor.

Despite ending by promising "grand opening, summer 2004," you won't see any of that on the shores of Onondaga Lake today.

All you'll see is an even bigger mall - despite developer Robert Congel winning a 30-year property tax break worth about $600 million as an incentive from the city to build the Disney Land-like attraction.

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10:52am

Thu July 5, 2012
Health

Welch Allyn preparing for new tax on medical equipment

Starting next year, there will be a 2.3% excise tax on medical equipment, like this barcode scanner.
Connectologist via Flickr

Despite months of preparation, the CEO of Welch Allyn says a new excise tax on medical supplies will hurt his company's bottom line.

As part of the Affordable Care Act upheld last week by the Supreme Court, a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices sold in the United States will go into effect January 1. The tax is supposed to help pay for the expanded health care coverage.

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5:09pm

Thu June 28, 2012
Regional Coverage

More improvement predicted for downtown Syracuse

A view from inside the Pike Block project on South Salina Street in Syracuse. The Downtown Committee highlighted it as one of several projects underway downtown.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Downtown Syracuse is benefiting from an increase in investments and an uptick in young people wanting to live in urban settings, according to the Downtown Committee.

The Downtown Committee, a booster organization for the city's urban core, held its annual meeting Thursday to highlight several recent and about-to-begin projects in the city.

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