economic development

MLPBS Workforce Development Panel
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This week, Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh held a forum on the needs and challenges of workforce development as the region’s manufacturing sector expands.

Christopher Bohlmann
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During the Farnborough International Air Show near London in July, Norsk Titanium confirmed that Plattsburgh had been selected as the location for the world’s first industrial scale high-technology manufacturing plant for titanium aerospace components.  The company plans to invest $1 billion during the first 10 years of operations.  The Norwegian company hired Senior Vice President Operations Christopher Bohlmann to lead the establishment of the manufacturing plant.  He was in Plattsburgh this week to participate in a workforce development forum and spoke about the company’s plans.

Norsk Titanium

During the Farnborough International Air Show near London on Monday, Norsk Titanium confirmed that Plattsburgh has been selected as the location for the world’s first industrial scale high-technology manufacturing plant for titanium aerospace components.  The international company will invest $1 billion in a new manufacturing plant and training facility in the northern New York city.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at Demers Ambulances
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New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Demers Ambulances in Plattsburgh Friday afternoon to promote proposed legislation that would help communities obtain funding to develop manufacturing clusters.  

Surrounded by local business leaders, the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation on Wednesday unveiled Advance Saratoga. The five-year plan seeks to create thousands of jobs by promoting the county for new businesses and helping existing employers expand.

More than 2 billion dollars in new investments have been awarded to projects throughout New York through Governor Andrew Cuomo's Upstate Revitalization Initiative. While the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and Central New York got the top $500 million prizes Thursday, the other four regions of the state are not leaving empty handed.

Economic development funding was announced for the 10 Regional Economic Development Councils across New York today.  Along with the $750 million in regular finding, three regions each received half a billion dollars.  As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the northern part of the state missed out on the top awards and officials there hope it doesn’t compromise a key initiative for the region.

The Finger Lakes, the Southern Tier and central New York have each won $500 million in state funds as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's upstate economic development competition.

Cornell University

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has released an audit critical of the millions spent to promote Governor Andrew Cuomo's Start-Up NY and other programs.

Westchester To Open Economic Development Office In NYC

Apr 23, 2015
Courtesy of the Office of the Westchester County Executive

Westchester County is opening an economic development office in Manhattan and is targeting companies that are thinking about leaving New York City.

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The annual local government day conference between the Adirondack Park Agency and diverse interests within the park began this afternoon.

The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team came through Albany over the weekend en route to its eighth straight Final Four. Downtown businesses are hopeful major NCAA events will continue coming to town.

College basketball is big business — and good for local business. Times Union Center officials — whose recent bid to host the NCAA men’s tournament in the next few seasons was denied — are hoping the success of the regional women’s tourney final could set the stage for the rights to host future tournaments.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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Four communities in New York have been ranked among the top 10 “micropolitan” areas in the country for economic development.

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Downtown Albany is undergoing a major facelift, from new apartments to a major convention center project. Now, more projects are in store for the city's core.

START-UP At Stewart Is Met With Different Views

Jan 27, 2015
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

A proposal to make Stewart International Airport in Orange County a tax-free zone, included in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address earlier this month, is drawing mixed reviews. 

When speaking about infrastructure during his January 21 State of the State address, Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed plans for two regional airports.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pitching a competition that would pit seven upstate regions against each other for a chance to win $1.5 billion in economic development money. Cuomo's plan, if approved by lawmakers, would have the seven regions  submit economic proposals by July 1.

Quirky

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has rolled out the welcome mat for "Quirky" - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that Quirky, an invention company headquartered in New York City, will open an office in downtown Schenectady. Quirky will occupy two floors at the Center City building at 433 State Street, with plans to create 180 new jobs in downtown Schenectady within the next three years.

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A Congressman and an economic development chief talked jobs, listened to ideas and exchanged information with New Yorkers on a conference call this afternoon.

Capital District Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko and President, CEO & Commissioner of Empire State Development Kenneth Adams hosted the hour-long "telephone town hall" with citizens, fielding questions and chatting about highlight federal and state efforts at economic development and job creation.

Two HV Businesses Receive Economic Development Funding

Feb 22, 2014
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A few Hudson Valley businesses are on the receiving end of New York State funding for economic development projects.

The newest job market numbers are out, and they’re trending in a positive direction.   The job market in the Capital Region paralleled the national one as it rebounded a bit after an off week. Next-Act of Colonie's Dan Moran sees the numbers reflecting continued strength and employer confidence.    “ We had a couple of good weeks of run-up. We had kind of a flat week, now we're coming back up a little higher again. It's showing a new confidence in the employment market, and that's a good thing.”

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A new report is providing details about Glens Falls’ downtown, in an effort to aid bringing new businesses to the area.

Ed Bartholomew, Economic Development Director for Glens Falls and president of EDC Warren County, says the new report, which inventories the city’s available commercial space downtown, provides a more detailed picture of the small city’s revitalization.

North Country business and municipal officials gathered at a local manufacturing plant Thursday morning to praise New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s economic development proposals and call on the legislature to expedite their passage.

The new supervisor of a Capital Region town defined by scandal in 2013 has set out a vision for 2014 focused on economic development.

At an open forum for businesses hosted by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce at Halfmoon Town Hall Thursday, Supervisor Kevin Tollisen outlined his agenda for 2014.  In November, Tollisen was elected to become supervisor in January, but took the supervisor position early after he was appointed by the town board, following the resignation of former supervisor Mindy Wormuth.

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A public-private partnership in North Adams, Massachusetts has unveiled its plan to revitalize the city’s downtown.

Created in 2011, the Partnership for North Adams brings together major players in the state’s smallest city. City government, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art as well as local economic developers have created a plan for a reimagining of the city’s downtown. John DeRosa is a founding member of the partnership.

Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

In New York’s third round of awards to the Regional Economic Development Councils, the North Country was named a Top Performer Awardee and received the fifth highest level of funding.

Capitalize Albany Corporation is getting ready for the tuesday launch of its Impact Downtown Albany revitalization strategy. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Capitalize Albany's Director of Economic Development Sarah Reginelli and Communications and Marketing Assistant Amanda Vitullo.

There will be 3 events to be held next week: the kick-off event (open to the public) on Tuesday November 19th , the tour of nano-tech (this is an internal tour) on Wednesday November 20th, and the young professionals event (also open to the public) on Thursday November 21st.

Capitalize Albany is getting ready to roll out a new project that has big implications for Downtown.

On Tuesday at Ten Eyck Plaza, Capitalize Albany will unveil its Impact Downtown Albany revitalization strategy - a twelve month public/private collaboration.  Sarah Reginelli, Director Economic Development of Capitalize Albany, says there are currently about two dozen corporate contributors.

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Members of the New York State Senate heard comments today from representatives of the upstate tourism and hospitality industry in Saratoga Springs. The dialogues are meant to identify and eventually eliminate what some say is restrictive government regulation.

The regulatory reform forum held at the Quad Graphics plant in Saratoga Springs was just one in a series organized by the New York State Senate Majority Coalition, which consists of Senate Republicans and members of the Independent Democratic Conference.

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The first of four forums discussing how colleges and universities are a key component of economic development in New York State was held in Plattsburgh recently.

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U.S. Senator Edward Markey visited Pittsfield today on a tour of western Massachusetts.

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