economy

12:59pm

Fri August 23, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Full documentary: New York in the World

New York in the World, the documentary hosted by Garrick Utley, is now available online. The full, hour-long broadcast, as well as the text of the documentary, is available below. Feel free to leave comments and share with others.

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7:41am

Fri August 16, 2013
Politics

Syracuse councilor-at-large candidates focus on crime and the economy

A view of Syracuse's city hall.
Daniel Lobo/flickr

The September 10 Democratic primary for two city-wide councilor-at-large seats in Syracuse puts the spotlight on crime and the economy.

The four-way race pits two incumbents, Lance Denno and Jean Kessner, who were not endorsed by the city's Democratic Committee and who have been at odds with the administration of Mayor Stephanie Miner at times, are running against two party favorites, Pam Hunter and Jeff Wright. Three of the four joined Grant Reeher for a forum on the Campbell Conversations.

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5:26pm

Mon August 5, 2013
Politics and Government

Hanna hearing focuses on how universities impact job creation

Rep. Richard Hanna chaired a hearing Monday at Binghamton University on the role of universities in job creation. Hanna is chairman of the House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce and the focus of the hearing was on the importance of federal funding.

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8:16am

Fri July 26, 2013
Regional Coverage

Harborfest attracts people, dollars to Oswego County

Oswego Harborfest/Facebook

The city of Oswego's Harborfest began last night, and is estimated to draw more than 100,000 people to the area for a weekend of music, food and fireworks. For Oswego Mayor Thomas Gillen, it's also a boon for the city's coffers.

"We hope to make probably $50 million for the weekend," Gillen said. "It's a big impact on the entire community within ten miles of the city of Oswego. Hotels, restaurants, just general sales tax revenue is dramatically impacted over this. So, it's an incredible economic boon to the city and the community. It comes at a cost, though."

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8:13am

Mon July 15, 2013
Business

Endicott Interconnect files for bankruptcy, layoffs may follow

Southern Tier-based Endicott Interconnect Technologies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week. The Broome County high-tech manufacturer, which employs approximately 600 people, plans to continue operations as it reorganizes.    

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8:57am

Wed July 10, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Is Plattsburgh Montreal's suburb?

Plattsburgh, N.Y. is just over an hour's drive from Montreal.
adirondacknorthway.com

Jonathan Slater teaches communications at SUNY Plattsburgh. It’s the end of the work day, and he’s headed out to his car to go home.

But Slater’s commute involves an international border. He lives on the south shore of Montreal, and commutes to Plattsburgh every day.

"Next stop is the border – and that should take no more than a minute or two, and then home to an evening with my daughter," Slater says as he packs the trunk of his car and drives off.  

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2:38am

Tue July 9, 2013
Regional Coverage

Protesters pressure Watertown Walmart on animal welfare

Crystal Gordon and Jeni Haines, animal welfare activists with the L.A.-based Mercy For Animals, demonstrate outside Watertown's Walmart store Monday morning.
Joanna Richards WRVO

Animal welfare demonstrators caught motorists' and shoppers' attention Monday morning along Watertown's busy Arsenal Street. A giant balloon showed a bruised and wounded pig confined to a tiny metal crate, and two activists held a sign reading, “Walmart tortures pigs” on the grassy median in front of Watertown's Walmart store.

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12:44am

Tue July 9, 2013
Regional Coverage

Fort Drum civilian worker furloughs begin

Fort Drum Garrison Commander Colonel Gary Rosenberg said soldiers and their family members, the post's civilian workforce, and and the community surrounding Fort Drum all will feel the effects of mandatory employee furloughs over the next 11 weeks.
Joanna Richards/WRVO

Civilian employee furloughs start at Fort Drum this week, as part of the federal budget cuts known as sequestration. Non-uniformed workers face one mandatory unpaid day off each week for 11 weeks. About 1,800 workers – and many services on post – are affected.

Uniformed members of the military are exempt from the furloughs, but that doesn't mean they won't be affected by them.

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5:06pm

Mon July 1, 2013
Education

Higher interest rates impact local students

TheGirlsNY/flickr

Interest rates double today for any students applying for the federal government's subsidized Stafford loans, after Congress failed to agree on a deal to lower interest rates.

Students at Onondaga Community College take out $21 million in loans every year to help pay for their education. Financial Aid Director Kate Bellefeuille says some potential students at OCC will be affected by the higher rates, which are jumping from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

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2:17am

Fri June 28, 2013
Regional Coverage

North Country's economy can survive troop cut at Fort Drum, community leaders say

Fort Drum soldiers mark the departure of the 10th Sustainment Brigade for an Afghanistan deployment in October 2011.
Credit Joanna Richards/WRVO

When the Army announced earlier this week that Fort Drum would lose 1,500 soldiers as part of a plan to reduce troops across the force, north country community leaders started trying to figure out what the impact would be.

They seem to agree that Fort Drum escaped this round of personnel cuts relatively unscathed.

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10:28am

Thu June 27, 2013
Regional Coverage

A behind-the-scenes look at Fort Drum soldier training

Watertown City Manager Sharon Addison speaks with a soldier over a lunch of MREs - meals ready-to-eat.
Joanna Richards/WRVO

In the communities surrounding Fort Drum, soldiers in uniform are a common sight: they're in the grocery store with their families, standing in line at the post office, or having a beer with friends after work. But for many of the area's civilians, what soldiers do on post remains something of a mystery. An annual event at Fort Drum aims to fix that.

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9:19pm

Tue June 25, 2013
Regional Coverage

Fort Drum to lose 1,500 troops under Army plan

A homecoming ceremony at Fort Drum.
Credit NCPR File Photo

The Army announced Tuesday that Fort Drum will lose about 1,500 soldiers over the next four years as part of an overall reduction in troops across the Army. 

The Army had said the post could lose as many as 8,000 soldiers – or gain as many as 3,000 – under the planned troop reduction and reorganization as the Afghanistan war winds down.

Democratic Congressman Bill Owens, of Plattsburgh, said the news of the 1,500-soldier loss gave him a sense of relief, since the cuts could have been much deeper.

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8:46am

Wed June 5, 2013
Regional Coverage

Old coal plant on Fort Drum reopens as biomass facility

ReEnergy Chief Executive Officer Larry Richardson speaks during the grand opening of the company's new biomass plant on Fort Drum.
Joanna Richards WRVO

A once-idled coal plant on Fort Drum has been given new life. ReEnergy Black River is creating dozens of new jobs in the North Country – while maintaining a focus on the environment.

State and local officials gathered recently at the facility to celebrate its grand opening.

Over the past year and a half, New York-based company ReEnergy Holdings has retrofitted the plant on Fort Drum to burn biomass instead of coal. Its primary fuel will be wood chips, created from the waste of the nearby logging industry on the Tug Hill Plateau and southwestern Adirondacks.

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5:47am

Tue April 30, 2013
Energy

Elmira faces ups and downs of gas business

Schlumberger's gasfield services facility in Horseheads, just outside of Elmira.
Matt Richmond/Innovation Trail

The City of Elmira is just seven miles from the Pennsylvania border. And for four years, the natural gas boom in Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier crossed over the border and boosted Elmira’s economy. But that boom has slowed down.

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6:58am

Mon April 29, 2013
Regional Coverage

Community comes out to support Fort Drum as Army reorganizes

State Sen. Patty Ritchie speaks in support of Fort Drum at a community listening session hosted by the Army Thursday at Case Middle School in Watertown.
Credit Joanna Richards / WRVO

About 200 community members turned up in a school auditorium in Watertown Thursday night in a showing of regional support for Fort Drum. The event was billed as a “listening session” for the Army, to inform a process of personnel cutbacks and reorganization currently affecting military installations around the country.  

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12:15pm

Tue April 16, 2013
Politics

Maffei marks 100 days back in office by talking jobs

Rep. Dan Maffei (D-DeWitt) speaks with students at an event marking his first 100 days back in Congress.
Ryan Delaney WRVO file photo

Central New York's congressman has marked his first 100 days back in office by laying out a blueprint for jobs and the economy.

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4:23pm

Fri March 29, 2013

3:04pm

Tue March 12, 2013
Drones

Domestic drone industry may bring $443 million to New York

Joe Kummer is president of Propulsive Wing, a small drone maker in Elbridge, N.Y.
Credit Ryan Delaney / WRVO

New York state is poised to become one of the nation's leading economic beneficiaries of a burgeoning domestic drone industry, according to a new report from an industry trade group.

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7:04am

Wed March 6, 2013
Politics and Government

State Assembly approves minimum wage

The New York State Assembly voted to raise the state’s minimum wage to $9 an hour, but the measure is stalled in the state Senate.

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8:47am

Thu February 28, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Federal sequester means deep cuts at Fort Drum, impact on regional economy

U.S. Army

The federal government's across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester are set to kick in Friday, barring an agreement between Congress and the president. That means a big impact for defense spending, including for Fort Drum, an important regional economic driver.  

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9:10am

Mon February 25, 2013
Business

Twenty-year-old starts second business with purchase of Watertown commercial building

Matthew Turcotte works from his office in Clarkson University's small business incubator in downtown Potsdam.
Credit Joanna Richards

Many 16-year-olds might dream about starting their own business. But it takes a special kind of teenager to turn an operation launched in his parents' basement into a six-figure profit earner in just four years. After succeeding wildly with his web development and design company, North Shore Solutions, Clarkson University junior Matthew Turcotte, now age 20, is embarking on his second venture: commercial real estate.

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3:45pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Politics and Government

Area Congressmen react to the State of the Union

Members of the New York congressional delegation, including Rep. Dan Maffei and Rep. Richard Hanna gathered before the State of the Union speech
Office of Cong. Dan Maffei

While there were many issues President Barack Obama talked about during last night’s State of the Union address, two in particular, the economy and gun control, were of interest of members of Congress representing upstate New York.

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4:41pm

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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9:55am

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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4:03pm

Wed January 23, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Cuomo budget proposes third round of Regional Economic Development Councils

The Regional Economic Development Councils have been a cornerstone of Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to revitalize the state's economy. In his budget address Tuesday, Cuomo proposed a third round of state funding for the regional councils totaling $210 million.

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5:04pm

Sun January 13, 2013
Health

Schumer touts return of rural hospital funding in Lewis County

Senator Charles Schumer announces the restoration of funding for low-volume and Medicare-dependent hospitals Friday at Lewis County General Hospital in Lowville.
Credit Joanna Richards

Democratic Senator Charles Schumer was at Lewis County General Hospital on Friday, touting the return of funding for New York's rural hospitals. The funding had been suspended for three months by Congress, and Schumer worked with Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa to reinstate the funding as part of Congress's fiscal cliff deal.

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4:26pm

Fri January 11, 2013
Politics and Government

Maffei hopes for bipartisan cooperation on the economy

Just a week after being sworn in a second time, Syracuse area Rep. Dan Maffei appeared back in the district in East Syracuse Friday afternoon. The Democrat from DeWitt said that he hopes Congress will be able to work through their differences by focusing on the economy.

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11:52am

Thu January 10, 2013
Business

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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5:48am

Wed January 9, 2013
Business

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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5:40am

Mon December 31, 2012
Regional Coverage

Thrifty shoppers snag fashion finds at Watertown Urban Mission benefit boutique

Fashionistas in the Watertown area got a treat recently: a stylish – and affordable – one-day clothing boutique at the Black River Valley Club, to benefit the Watertown Urban Mission. 

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