Innovation Trail

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Innovation Trail is a collaboration among six public media outlets - WRVO; WNED, Buffalo; WXXI, Rochester; WMHT, Albany/Schenectady; and WSKG, Binghamton, and NCPR, North Country Public Radio- covering issues affecting the Upstate New York economy.

Innovation Trail is one of several Local Journalism Consortiums (LJCs).  For more information about this initiative, visit the Innovation Trail website.

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4:53pm

Mon February 17, 2014
Environment

New York landowners file lawsuit against Cuomo over fracking delay

A fracking rally in Albany at the Capitol.
eranderson428 Flickr

Two weeks ago, the landowners coalition sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo demanding the release of the environmental impact study on hydrofracking, known as the SGEIS . The deadline was Thursday, February 13 and Scott Kurkoski, a lawyer for the coalition, filed the promised lawsuit the following day.

“Is he in favor of this or not? Because the rest of the nation is moving forward in a way that is providing energy independence," Kurkoski said. "Is New York a threat to that process?”

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10:51am

Tue July 2, 2013
Station Announcement

Public Forum: journalists weigh pros and cons of open data

In this open panel discussion, journalists weighed the pros and cons of open data. Featured in this discussion is: Dan Pacheco, professor and chair of Journalism Innovation (Journovation) at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications; Matt Bernius, Hacks/Hackers of Rochester; Catherine Loper, news and public affairs director at WRVO Public Media; and Matthew Leonard (off screen), editor of the Innovation Trail journalism collaboration.

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3:57pm

Thu June 20, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Casino revenue to be used for multiple initiatives in Niagara Falls

City of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.
Ashley Hassett WBFO/Innovation Trail

The City of Niagara Falls is set to receive a lump sum of $89 million after the settlement of a long-standing dispute between New York state and the Seneca Nation over gambling revenues.

The first order of business for the city is to pay back over $22 million borrowed from its general fund that’s been depleted over the past several years while the state and Senecas were at odds.

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7:14am

Tue February 14, 2012
Environment

Environmentalists make case that nature is a good investment

Environmental advocates were in Albany Monday making the case that investing in the state's natural resources is good economic sense.

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2:06pm

Fri January 20, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Rochester after Kodak

With Kodak embarking on a restructuring effort under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the future of the imaging icon remains unclear.

But one aspect of Kodak's legacy is already deeply imprinted onto the Rochester community.

Even as Rochester's most famous company struggled mightily to reinvent itself, the Rochester region steadily fought back - leading the state in job growth in recent years and outpacing its upstate peers in economic vitality.

One key reason: A long history of top-notch human capital flung into the community - willingly or not - as Kodak's fortunes withered.

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9:13am

Wed January 18, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo's Entrepreneurial Government Model

As Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his 2012 budget proposal in Albany, he talked a lot about what he calls "entrepreneurial government" - a model in which the state sets the stage for private investment.

The question now is whether that private money will materialize:

8:16am

Mon November 14, 2011
Environment

Public hearings on hydrofracking set to start Wednesday

The Department of Environmental Conservation begins holding hearings on the rules that would govern hydrofracking this week. New Yorkers have watched closely as fracking has unfolded in Pennsylvania and some are wary that environmental abuses could happen here ¿ while others are eager for the economic boom drilling could bring. The Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports.

Libby Foust lives on a quiet gravel road outside Ithaca, in a farmhouse with a 360 degree view of green hills, woods and grain silos.

She moved her family here from a farm in Troy, Pennsylvania.

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11:52am

Fri November 11, 2011
Environment

New York will vote "no" on interstate fracking rules

Earlier this week, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) released an updated version of its fracking regulations for its watershed. 

The commission oversees an area that covers four states - New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware - and provides water to more than 15 million Americans, including New York City.

But a top official in one of those states says he won't play ball on the draft regulations.

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