Mon April 29, 2013

Tech industry calls STEM jobs report flawed

A recent report claiming there are enough qualified Americans to work in the tech industry without  expanding current work visa programs, has drawn criticism.

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Fri April 26, 2013

Business lines up against proposed border crossing fee

The Destiny USA shopping mall relies on Canadian visitors for about a quarter of its business.
Destiny USA

Business leaders are joining with several New York members of Congress who oppose the idea of introducing a fee for visitors crossing the border into the U.S., citing the importance of Canadians to upstate New York’s economy.

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Thu April 25, 2013

Home rule fracking decision challenged in Avon

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Gas and Oil producer Lenape Resources has filed a note of appeal as part of an attempt to overturn a court decision made in March that allowed the town of Avon to maintain its moratorium on fracking. This is the third case of this kind in upstate New York.

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Fri April 19, 2013

Going green still a challenge for area businesses, governments

Central New York has a lot to be proud of when it comes to going green. That was the message at the Greening USA annual meeting in Syracuse yesterday. But there are still challenges when it comes to making the investment in green energy.

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Tue April 16, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Kodak reaches potential deal to sell document imaging business


Kodak is hoping to sell its document imaging business for $210 million. The company has reached a tentative deal with Brother Industries that would see them take over operation of the portfolio of scanners, capture software and services.

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Tue April 16, 2013

Gillibrand holds small business listening tour with SBA

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), center, listens during a small business forum in Phoenix, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

New York's junior senator and the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration swung through upstate New York Monday to hold a series of roundtable talks with small business owners and economic development officials.

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Mon March 18, 2013

Syracuse council will rework "Ban the Box" legislation

The Syracuse Common Council has temporarily pulled the "Ban the Box" legislation in order to conduct more public outreach and rework the legislation.

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Tue February 12, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Gillibrand introduces bill to boost high-tech manufacturing

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has introduced a bill intended to boost high-tech manufacturing. The Democrat from New York visited the Harper International company outside Buffalo to discuss the Made in America Manufacturing Act, which is her first bill to go before the new Congress.

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Fri February 8, 2013
Regional Coverage

Businesses bypassed by new I-81 connector road have mixed reactions

Will Farr, of Farr Auto Sales, says the new connector road has alleviated traffic along Route 342 - and that helps customers get in and out of his lot more efficiently.
Credit Joanna Richards

Until recently, the only way to drive between Route 11 and Interstate 81 near Fort Drum was a two-lane road, Route 342. As the Army base grew, local businesses flocked there to serve the increasing traffic. But the state built an $87 million bypass to ease traffic and give military vehicles a direct route to Fort Drum’s main gate. I-781, as it’s known, opened last December. Local shop owners have had mixed reactions to the new road.

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Thu February 7, 2013
Regional Coverage

"Ban the Box" employment proposal controversial

The Syracuse Common Council is considering legislation that would prohibit businesses from screening prospective job applicants about their history of criminal convictions, early on in the hiring process. It's a concept meant to stop discrimination against potential employees with a criminal record.

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Thu January 24, 2013
Politics and Government

Minimum Wage Hike Stands Better Chance in 2013

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed raising the minimum wage as part of his budget plan, even though the increase would not cost New York State any money.  That tactic might make it easier for the proposal to become law.

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Fri January 18, 2013
Politics and Government

Maffei listening tour focuses on area businesses

Rep. Dan Maffei holds listening tour event at restaurant in downtown Syracuse
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Syracuse-area Rep. Dan Maffei is getting reacquainted with central New York voters. The first of a series of listening tours this week focused on business in the new 24th Congressional District.

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Thu January 10, 2013

Central New York's 2013 economy may be "instant replay" of 2012

The main economic booster engine for central New York is predicting economic growth in the region in 2013 will look a lot like last year.

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Wed January 9, 2013

Survey: upstate businesses less optimistic about economy in 2013

Business executives from across upstate New York are less confident about the economy going into 2013, an annual survey has found.

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Fri January 4, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Research credit extension could be a double-edged sword

Tuesday’s fiscal cliff package included extensions to a range of business-related tax credits, including one aimed at supporting research and development. Although Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse have some of the most active R & D economies in the country, experts say the deal could be a double-edged sword for upstate New York.

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Wed December 19, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Kodak patent buyers include Google, Apple and Microsoft

Kodak has sold off a chunk of its patents for $525 million.
Stewart Marshall via Flickr

Kodak has reached an agreement for the sale of their digital patent portfolio. Under the agreement, the company will receive $525 million for the imaging patents from Intellectual Ventures, a major holder of US patents, and a group of 12 licensees.

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Tue December 4, 2012
Regional Coverage

North side hookah lounge will not be allowed to reopen

A hookah lounge on Syracuse's north side will not be reopening for a second time. The Common Council has rejected a permit for the business to do so.

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Tue October 23, 2012
The Upstate Economy

New Rochester entrepreneurship center to open next fall

The Rochester Savings Bank building dates from 1927 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972
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Senator Charles Schumer says a new center to open in Rochester will be a model for cities all over the state and the nation. He made the statement at the launch of the new center for urban entrepreneurship in the city.

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Fri October 5, 2012

Following the people, more stores call downtown Syracuse home

Downtown Syracuse has seen 24 new business open since October 2011, up from 13 the year before and nine the year before that.
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Empty storefronts used to be a common site in downtown Syracuse, but now more are being leased out thanks in part to a growing demand from people to live in the city's urban center.

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Sat July 28, 2012

New store sells old cast-offs in Madison County

A new store in Madison County, ReUse, recycles items in good condition found in county dump for resale.
Ellen Abbot

There's a new place to shop in Madison County, and this new store will get its stock from an unlikely source, the county dump.

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Tue July 17, 2012

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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