upstate economy

5:40am

Mon November 19, 2012
Regional Coverage

200 Foreclosure notices sent out Monday in Syracuse

A newly-established land bank sent out 200 foreclosure notices in Syracuse on Monday. The land bank is one of five approved by the state earlier this year, as part of an effort to reduce the number of neglected properties and to add to property tax rolls.

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4:39pm

Wed November 14, 2012
Technology

HackerFest highlights new cybersecurity technologies

Cybersecurity and technology companies have converged on upstate New York for the HackerFest technology trade show this week. And new technologies are emerging to step up security and pre-empt the strategies of cyber criminals.

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4:49pm

Tue November 13, 2012
Regional Coverage

Cybersecurity addressed at HackerFest

Business leaders and IT professionals from across the Northeast will come together to learn about the latest developments in cybersecurity at the HackerFest trade show in upstate New York.

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4:20pm

Tue November 13, 2012
Politics and Government

Thruway authority pulls back on toll hike vote for now

After canceling two meetings where a proposed 45 percent toll hike on trucks was believed to be voted on, the New York State Thruway Authority now says it needs more time to consider options before going ahead with the controversial proposal.

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10:06am

Tue November 13, 2012
Environment

Groups hope for post-election focus on environment

Vladimer Shioshvili Flickr

While environmental issues did not play a prominent role in this year's presidential election, some activists were cheered when the president mentioned global warming in his election night speech. And one area group says this is a crucial time in determining how the federal government will focus on issues of climate, pollution, water levels and invasive species.

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5:25am

Fri November 9, 2012
Politics

Thruway board expected to vote on truck toll hike

Jacob Enos Flickr

The New York State Thruway Authority has scheduled a board meeting for Friday afternoon.  There is no public agenda yet, but it is believed that the board will consider a 45 percent increase in truck tolls.

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8:04am

Mon November 5, 2012
-Candidates in Depth

Ritchie, Tresidder face off in 48th district for state Senate

The race for state Senate in the 48th district – which includes Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties – pits incumbent Republican Patty Ritchie against underdog Democrat Amy Tresidder. Both women stress the need for state mandate relief for local municipalities and measures to boost the upstate economy, although the strategies they'd take for doing that differ.

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10:09am

Sat November 3, 2012
The Upstate Economy

How upstate New York could build strong startup communities

The scene at a Startup Weekend in Pheonix, Ariz.
curtm95 via Flickr

It's not hard to think of the Silicon Valley, or maybe Boston and more recently New York City, when pondering the best place to be as a young entrepreneur. But cities all over the country are trying to become just as popular. Some are doing better than others.

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4:51am

Sat October 27, 2012
Politics

Jobs were top issue for audience at Doheny-Owens debate

In northern New York, a large audience showed up for the debate televised on YNN was held in the contentious race between Democrat incumbent Bill Owens and Republican challenger Matt Doheny. 

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1:52pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Technology

Senate's "innovation banks" would help commercialize research

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), seen here this summer, is promoting a bill to create "innovation banks".
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York, is hoping to build a better bridge between academic research and the commercial market. On Wednesday, Gillibrand stopped in Buffalo and Syracuse to continue stumping for the America Innovates Act. The bill would put $200 million into "innovation banks" that could be then given to researchers to help further develop their inventions.

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9:33am

Thu October 25, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo holds Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit

New York produced beer on display at the governor's mansion
Karen DeWitt WRVO

Governor Andrew Cuomo pledged to invest more money into promoting the state’s growing wine, beer, and spirits industries, following a day long special summit at the state Capitol.

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4:00pm

Wed October 24, 2012
Politics and Government

New York state overhauls information technology services

In an effort to modernize the state’s IT services, New York is in the midst of consolidating staff and updating policies.

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5:14pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Health

$4.2 million to help streamline patient care coordination

Eight companies will share in $4.2 million to help streamline patient care coordination and medical record sharing in New York state. The early-to-middle stage health IT companies will receive up to $300,000 each.

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10:45am

Tue October 16, 2012
Education

Southern Tier school readiness program a success, so far

The research on this is pretty clear: between the ages one and five, the human brain develops faster than at any other time. In Chemung County, a project called the School Readiness Project sends nurses to the hospital whenever a baby is born.

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4:04pm

Fri October 12, 2012
Regional Coverage

Area CROP Walks hope to help hungry locally and worldwide

It is CROP Walk weekend in central New York. The annual walk, sponsored by Church World Service to raise money for the hungry, comes at a time when the need is great.

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8:54am

Tue October 9, 2012
Regional Coverage

Broadband in the Adirondacks: leaders want new community of telecommuters

A panel discusses "connectivity success stories" at the fourth annual Forever Wired conference at Clarkson University in Potsdam.
Mark Kurtz

“Forever Wild” is the term in New York’s constitution used to describe state forest preserves in the Adirondacks. Community leaders in and around the park have used that term to inform their vision for economic development. Their slogan – and the name of a conference held annually at Clarkson University in Potsdam – is “Forever Wired.” The fourth conference continued a push to expand broadband internet access, and economic opportunity, in the Adirondacks.  

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4:49pm

Tue September 25, 2012
Regional Coverage

Sikorsky Aircraft to close Big Flats plant

The Connecticut-based helicopter maker Sikorsky announced on Monday that it will close its Southern Tier plant at the end of the year.

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8:03am

Mon September 24, 2012
Education

Say Yes "has potential" to improve Syracuse's economy

Say Yes to Education hosted a resume workshop for city teens this summer.
Stephen Sartori Say Yes to Education

Instead of trying to have as much pre-college life fun as possible, or maybe earning some spending cash for the upcoming semester, one of group of college-bound Syracuse teens spent the summer months getting a head start on college. They were rewarded for their efforts during a small ceremony at Onondaga Community College (OCC), where the 29 students are currently hitting the books, with a small ceremony.

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4:41pm

Thu September 20, 2012
Politics and Government

Maffei calls for an end to free trade agreements

Democrat candidate for Congress Dan Maffei outside the former New Process Gear factory in East Syracuse with former plant workers.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Democratic Congressional candidate Dan Maffei used the almost-empty former New Process Gear factory in East Syracuse as a backdrop to call for policies that he says would bring more manufacturing jobs back to central New York.  Maffei says NAFTA-like trade agreements are one reason the sprawling complex that once employed hundreds of central New Yorkers is now idle.

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7:00am

Thu September 13, 2012
Politics and Government

Poll shows increased support for fracking

The natural gas industry sees hopeful signs in a new poll that finds more New Yorkers now support hydrofracking. A Quinnipiac University survey also finds upstate New Yorkers, some who live where the gas drilling process would occur, back fracking in greater numbers.

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11:20am

Tue September 11, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Does government have a role in creating the next Willis Carrier?

Carl Schramm is the former president of the Kauffman Foundation and now a University Professor at Syracuse University.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

There is a political debate going on this fall about government's role in supporting entrepreneurship and innovation.

It comes at a time when upstate New York continues to try and reinvent its economy. Small business incubators and accelerator programs are cropping up. The state has also made a major investment in creating a nanotech industry.

"The narrative that government is important? I don’t believe it’s true," says Carl Schramm.

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7:00am

Tue August 28, 2012
Regional Coverage

Local food economy overcomes obstacles

Matt Volz, owner of Greyrock Farm, near Cazenovia, shows off one of his farm's meat chickens.
Joanna Richards/WRVO

Recently, local food has been turning up on more grocery store shelves and restaurants in upstate New York. But the local food economy still faces challenges to bringing agricultural products from farm to table.

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9:08am

Mon August 27, 2012
Regional Coverage

New pavilion part of downtown Watertown's revitalization

Shoppers and vendors shelter from the sun under a new pavilion at the Saturday Farmers Market in Watertown.
Joanna Richards/WRVO

The city of Watertown has built a new pavilion as part of its downtown revitalization project. It's meant to house outdoor activities, including the Saturday farmers market. The farmers market held an appreciation ceremony to thank the city on Saturday.

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9:02am

Mon August 27, 2012
Regional Coverage

New CENTRO Transfer Center ready to open

On September 4, the face of downtown Syracuse will change, as the long awaited CENTRO Transfer Center will open.

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4:24pm

Wed August 22, 2012
Regional Coverage

Maffei promotes high speed rail

High speed rail has become a political issue across the country, including in upstate New York. Democratic Congressional hopeful Dan Maffei says the issue draws a distinction between him and his opponent in the race for the 24th Congressional district.
 

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8:00am

Sat August 18, 2012
Business

NY state beer industry could see substantial growth

Saranac is brewed and bottled in Utica, NY.
Ardyiii Flickr

Beer is big business in New York state. The industry, which already has a major impact on the state's economy, expects to grow even further.

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4:25pm

Fri August 17, 2012
Regional Coverage

Thruway toll hike hearing draws a large, diverse crowd

The toll hike hearing drew a large crowd of diverse, concerned individuals.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

A proposal to raise New York State Thruway tolls 45 percent for large trucks brought out dozens of people to a hearing in Syracuse Friday.

Some of those testifying suggested there will be political reprisals if the authority goes ahead with the increases, which would bring rates for large trucks in line with what passenger cars pay.

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11:00am

Thu August 16, 2012
Regional Coverage

Retail stores offering more food from local producers

An in-store display at Wegman's in Liverpool showcases locally-grown produce.

As fast as veggies are popping up in the garden, local foods are showing up on grocery store shelves throughout northern New York.

A new food co-op recently opened in Clayton, in Jefferson County, that showcases locally-sourced vegetables and other products, but big grocery chains like Hannaford and Wegman's are getting in on the trend, too, adding more of the region's products to store shelves.

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5:32pm

Fri August 10, 2012
Regional Coverage

Cuomo says Article X strikes right balance on power issues

While at Fort Drum this week talking about biomass fuel, Governor Andrew Cuomo chimed in on another energy issue – one much more likely to strike nerves in the North Country: the state's new Article X law.

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9:33am

Tue August 7, 2012
Regional Coverage

Governor praises coal-to-biomass plant conversion at Fort Drum

Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke to the press yesteday after touring an idled coal plant that is being converted to a wood biomass facility on Fort Drum.
Joanna Richards WRVO

Governor Andrew Cuomo traveled to Fort Drum Monday, where he toured an idled coal plant being converted to produce power using wood biomass.

Cuomo says he is going to send a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta urging the Defense Department to draw up a contract with the plant to provide energy to Fort Drum.

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