Ryan Delaney, WRVO

@RyanWRVO

WRVO/Central New York reporter for the Innovation Trail

Ryan works on the Innovation Trail project - covering technology, economic development, startups and other issues relating to New York's innovation economy from central New York.

He began his public radio career working for WAER in Syracuse, N.Y. while still in college. He then returned to Syracuse from Albany where he worked at WAMC. Prior to that, Ryan filed stories for The Allegheny Front in Pittsburgh.

His reporting has also been heard on NPR, Vermont Public Radio and New Hampshire Public Radio. His stories have been honored by the Syracuse Press Club and the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

As a 2013 International Center for Journalists fellow, Ryan reported from Kenya.

Ryan grew up in Burlington, Vt. He has a degree in broadcast journalism and international relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

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3:20pm

Wed May 14, 2014
Business

Chobani now a registered company in Delaware; says its not leaving

The U.S. Small Business Association has named upstate Greek yogurt-maker Chobani the "entrepreneurial success of the year."
messycupcakes via Flickr

Central New York yogurt powerhouse Chobani has registered its company in Delaware. Chobani says it’s not going anywhere, but it’s increased rumors the company is going public.

Chobani's headquarters and Greek yogurt plant is in Norwich, in Chenango County. But for tax purposes, it’s now a resident of Delaware.

Many corporations call The First State their home on paper, because Delaware has more lenient corporate policies. 

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8:57am

Mon May 12, 2014
Energy

SUNY Cortland flips the switch on 3,600 solar panels

SUNY Cortland president Dr. Erik Bitterbaum, Linda Smith and state Sen. James Seward pull the switch to activate the school's new solar field.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

SUNY Cortland has flipped the switch on a solar panel field that will supply six percent of the college’s electricity needs.

The 3,600 solar panels are tucked off to the side of the college’s athletic fields. It was a two-year project from start to finish and cost $3 million. SUNY Cortland was the first public college in the state to install such a project.

The panels produce 1.5 million kilowatt hours of power. The college has set a goal of getting 10 percent of its power from solar by 2050.

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2:31pm

Wed May 7, 2014
Transportation

Erie Canal opens for 190th season, as commercial shipping returns

The Tug Boat Syracuse, part of the Canal Corp's fleet, pulls into Lock 24 in Baldwinsville Wednesday, the first day of the canal season.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Erie Canal and New York's smaller waterways are open for their 190th consecutive season connecting New York Harbor with the Great Lakes and other points west and north.

The 524 miles of waterways drove the rise of upstate New York's cities two centuries ago. Now, the canal is mostly a tourism and recreation path.

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4:08pm

Tue May 6, 2014
Financial Stress

Your town or school's fiscal stress score, mapped

Credit http://osc.state.ny.us/localgov/fiscalmonitoring/pdf/stress_list.pdf

How stressed out is the checkbook in your hometown or school district? The New York comptroller's office recently finished scoring nearly 2,300 governments and school districts and tabulated their fiscal stress levels.

There are 142 municipalities in some level of fiscal stress, according to Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

The comptroller says the percentage score, with 100 percent being as stressed out as a municipality can get, is an 'early warning system.'

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10:22am

Fri May 2, 2014
Transportation

The 16 different paths for a new Interstate 81 in Syracuse

Ryan Delaney WRVO

A new Interstate 81 could rise 25 feet higher than it currently does, or be buried 81 feet below the ground's surface. Those are just two of the 16 options the state Department of Transportation has revealed to the public as an update to their lengthy process of choosing how to replace the current roadway.

There are two constants in the 16 options: The north-south I-81 will be properly connected with the east-west I-690 in all directions. And properties will have to be knocked down, though DOT provided few details about that.

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