The Upstate Economy

2:05pm

Tue June 18, 2013
Tourism

Allowing Canadians to stay in U.S. 2 more months "a shot in the arm"

Sen. Charles Schumer discussed a proposed Canadian retiree visa while in Syracuse on Monday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Older Canadians will be able to spend more time in the United States under a proposal floated by New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer.

Right now, Canadians can stay in the U.S. up to six months. Many retired Canadians use up that time at winter homes in the Southwest or Florida.

By creating a retiree visa that would allow for eight months spent south of the border, Schumer is hopeful it will translate into more short trips to places closer to the Canadian border, like the Finger Lakes region.

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4:45pm

Sun June 16, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Chris Fowler on The Campbell Conversations

On this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Chris Fowler of the organization Syracuse First returns to the program to discuss how the buy local movement has evolved and strengthened since he spoke to Grant Reeher two years ago.  How does it fit into the broader set of concerns for sustainability, and for local business development?  And where does it need to go from here?

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4:01pm

Thu June 13, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Access technology development also has strong economic potential

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An estimated 15 percent of people around the world live with some form of disability. Upstate universities are tackling the challenges faced by this segment of the population and coming up with innovative technologies to increase access.

A walker for elderly people that also monitors vital signs, and a cane that uses vibrations to allow deaf and blind people to easily navigate their environment: these are just a couple of the access technologies created by researchers in western New York.

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7:24am

Sat June 8, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Advanced manufacturing sector asking for more workforce training

Jim Alderman during the hands on part of an advanced manufacturing training lesson.
Kate O'Connell WXXI

Last year the U.S. Department of Labor awarded more than $14 million to the SUNY network of community colleges in upstate New York to develop work training programs for emerging industries. But, nearly one year on, the advanced manufacturing sector is asking for more, pointing to the skills gap as an ongoing issue.

Eric Roth is one of fifteen students in the commencing class of an intensive course aimed at combating the growing thirst for workers.

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4:29pm

Tue June 4, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Greek yogurt plant could boost upstate dairy industry

Sen. Schumer joins Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi and Theo Muller in taking a scoop from a giant Mulle Quaker yogurt tub
Kate O'Connell

Upstate New York’s newest Greek yogurt factory opened its doors in Batavia, Monday. The factory is a joint venture between Pepsi and German dairy giant, the Theo Muller Group. The Muller Quaker Dairy Plant is touted as a shot in the arm for the dairy industry in western New York.

The 350,000 square foot facility will produce several yogurt products, including the fast growing Greek yogurt varieties. The plant will initially operate three lines, producing more than 120,000 cups of yogurt per hour.

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8:57am

Fri May 31, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Community colleges help region's economy

Community colleges are having a large economic impact on their home counties upstate, according to new research.

A report focused on Monroe Community College in western New York, calculated the institution has an annual impact of more than $710 million in Monroe County. And, says MCC president Anne Kress, SUNY colleges across upstate New York are no different.

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9:01am

Mon May 27, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Farming or high-tech park? One community weighs the options

Site of proposed Science Technology & Manufacturing Park in Alabama, NY
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The quiet western New York farming community of Alabama sits among acres of farm and wetland. It’s also the site chosen for a new Science Technology and Manufacturing Park, known as STAMP. The high-tech park has also been the subject of some public scrutiny, as Genesee county rates highly amongst top agricultural producers in the state. The project is also an example of when the values of agricultural communities are starting to rub up against an upstate development agenda focused around high-tech manufacturing.

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8:50am

Thu May 23, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Cuomo wants to give tax breaks to startups on SUNY campuses

Gov. Andrew Cuomo waits to make his pitch for tax-free zones during his visit to Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Companies that get started at one of New York’s public universities wouldn’t have to pay any taxes for a decade if a plan proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets enacted.

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4:53pm

Thu May 9, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Hancock International Airport's midnight shifts will not be cut

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced the midnight control tower shifts at the Syracuse Hancock International Airport will not be cut as part of federal sequestration.

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4:33pm

Thu May 9, 2013
The Upstate Economy

SUNY program aims to boost entrepreneurship in region

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The SUNY Research Foundation will give funds to several of its institutions to help foster entrepreneurship, including the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and Upstate Medical University.

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7:11am

Thu May 9, 2013
The Upstate Economy

National Grid power upgrade grant helps Jefferson County dairy farm expand

John Ferry, co-owner of Milk Street Dairy in Tylerville, in Jefferson County, shows off his new dairy barn.
Credit Joanna Richards

A Tylerville dairy farm, in Jefferson County, is growing, in part thanks to help from National Grid. The company awarded the farm a grant of $50,000 to increase its access to electricity.  

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9:13am

Tue May 7, 2013
Transportation

20 year high expected for commercial traffic on canals

Boats sit along the Erie Canal in upstate New York.
J. Stephen Conn via Flickr

While often seen as an economic lifeline of another era, New York's canals are poised to have a big year for moving freight; almost two centuries after goods were first transported on the upstate New York waterway.

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8:21am

Fri May 3, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Fewer jobs downtown in U.S. cities, upstate New York

The size of each blue circle shows the spread of jobs in cities across the US
Brookings Institution

The first decade of this century has seen a steady flow of jobs moving away from city downtowns around the U.S according to a new report from the Brookings Institution. But cities in upstate New York have fared better than some.

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1:07pm

Thu May 2, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Kodak could exit bankruptcy as early as July

Eastman Kodak Company

Kodak expects to emerge from bankruptcy as early as July, according to the company’s reorganization plan filed late Tuesday.

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10:15am

Thu April 25, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Proposed border crossing fee faces bipartisan opposition

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s is proposing a border crossing fee for those traveling into the country from Canada. So far the idea is drawing opposition from representatives across New York state.

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10:02am

Thu April 25, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Proposed border crossing fee faces bipartisan opposition

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s is proposing a border crossing fee for those traveling into the country from Canada. So far the idea is drawing opposition from representatives across New York state.

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4:02pm

Tue April 16, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Kodak reaches potential deal to sell document imaging business

Kodak

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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8:40am

Tue April 16, 2013
The Upstate Economy

North Country economic council gets crash course on Fort Drum's impact

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The North Country Regional Economic Development Council, or REDC, held its most recent meeting at Fort Drum last week. The idea was to give members from the region's seven counties greater insight into how the Army post interacts with the local economy. The council also took steps to implement a new program for water and sewer project infrastructure.  

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8:35am

Sat April 13, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Canada woos entrepreneurs with visa program; should U.S. follow?

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Canada is aiming to woo bright young entrepreneurs with a startup visa program. The plan offers immediate permanent residence to foreign nationals who are able to secure business funding from Canadian investors. But, there are mixed feelings in the U.S. about the benefits of following suit.

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4:23pm

Mon April 8, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Upstate economic group calls for constant reinvention

Upstate New York's economy will need to be in a near-constant state of reinvention if it wants to survive in the current environment, according to CenterState CEO, an economic booster organization based in Syracuse.

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9:19am

Mon April 8, 2013
Economy

Salary prospects dim for the Class of 2013, more of the same ahead

Recent college graduates are facing smaller and smaller wages.
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High paying jobs will remain elusive for the class of 2013 as a slow economic recovery drags on, according to numbers tallied by an economic policy center.

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5:38am

Mon April 8, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Developers stress urgency in revival of Watertown Woolworth building

Developer Erich Seber gives local officials a tour of the Woolworth building in downtown Watertown.
Credit Joanna Richards

After founding his first stores elsewhere, Jefferson County’s Frank Winfield Woolworth bought the building in Watertown where he got his start in the dry goods business, intending to raze it and build one of his own stores. Woolworth died before he could see it, but his company realized his plan and the building’s a central part of the early history of the five-and-dime chain. After years of vacancy, two developers have plans to revive the landmark.

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4:01pm

Thu April 4, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Training program aims to fill jobs in food processing sector

New food processing facilities are popping up across western New York, and they're generating demand for skilled workers to operate them.

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10:28am

Mon April 1, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Taste-NY program dropped from state budget

Funding for a program to promote locally grown produce through a network of duty-free stores across New York has been axed from the final version of the state's budget.

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3:53pm

Wed March 27, 2013
The Upstate Economy

"Virtual march" on Washington lobbies for immigration reform

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The technology industry is using social media to create a "virtual march" on Washington. The March for Innovation, launched by the Partnership for a new Economy, is lobbying for immigration reform, including putting pressure on Congress to provide more visas for high-skilled workers and entrepreneurs.

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4:48pm

Fri March 22, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Money for MEADS work makes its way back into budget

A Medium Extended Air Defense Systems on display.
courtesy MEADS-AMD

Money for a defense contract that supports several hundred jobs at a plant in central New York has found its way back into a federal spending plan.

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8:30am

Sun March 17, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Advisory group looks to rejuvinate NY legacy cities

An advisory group looking at strategies for rejuvenating New York state's "legacy cities" says collaboration and coordination with the governor's Regional Economic Development Councils are crucial for upstate cities dealing with declining populations and job opportunities.

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5:25am

Tue March 12, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Investment pledge is "glimmer of hope" for Remington workers

More than 1,200 people work at Remington Arms in Ilion, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A pledge of new investment from its parent company and news of a newly secured military contract have workers at Remington Arms a little more optimistic their jobs will be staying in upstate New York.

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9:32am

Mon March 11, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Private-sector jobs up statewide, but it's not all good news

Job figures are on the rise across New York state,  however private-sector jobs in some upstate areas have declined according to the state Department of Labor’s latest jobs report.

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6:02am

Sat March 9, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Loss of major movie in WNY may boost case for more film tax credits in NY

Actor Kevin Costner
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Western New York has missed out on being the setting for a major motion picture, but Republican state Senator Patrick Gallivan hopes the loss of the movie “Draft Day,” starring Kevin Costner, will help push along a bill that would offer tax credits for films to be shot in New York state.

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