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Thu September 20, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

Arbitration panel to rule on long-running casino revenue dispute

Welcome to the Morning Trail Mix from the Innovation Trail team.

R.I.T. is looking to set up a new-generation Center for Sustainable Packaging.

"Home mortgages and gas drilling don't easily mix."

Graduates of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology are now making more than graduates from Harvard, reports Bloomberg Business News.

Apprentice bricklayers should be heading to Syracuse where they'd be very welcome says Local Union #2.

Housing sales in New York state were up in August on a two-year high.

Employment

As reported by the Innovation Trail's Ryan Delaney yesterday, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has announced that $14.6 million dollars would be distributed amongst 30 SUNY college campuses to enhance worker training and education with a view to helping fill gaps in the skilled labor market. (WSJ)

Senator Schumer is quoted by The Post-Standard as saying that he anticipates 3,000 New Yorkers would be trained with the grants also expected to leverage an additional $25 million in additional funding for the programs from private companies and other grants.

Monroe, Genesee and Erie Community Colleges are amongst the Western New York colleges to benefit from the funding which is being coordinated by Monroe Community College in Rochester.

Schumer's also teamed up with Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) to propose an act that would make an additional 55,000 green cards available to foreign graduates of U.S. universities with degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) streams. It also has provisions for extending the visas of foreign high-tech workers (Huffingtonpost.com)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that the average weekly salary for workers in the oil and gas extraction industry is $1576.00 reports Marketplace.org

17 apprenticeships in bricklaying are being offered in Syracuse reports The Post-Standard.

Government

A panel headed up by a former New York Court of Appeals Chief Judge will arbitrate on a dispute over a 2002 exclusive rights gaming compact and witheld payments associated with the operation of the Seneca Niagara Casino reports WBFO News in Buffalo.

As the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reported yesterday, the Washington-based Environmental Working Group has brought a case against Governor Cuomo and the DEC to access correspondence associated with the dSGEIS.

The governor's name has also come up as part of this story by North Country Radio's Brian Mann on the permit process for a resort planned for Tupper Lake in the Adirondacks.

Cornell University academics are urging the U.S. Congress to pass the "2012 Farm, Food and Jobs Bill" before the legislation expires in a fortnight.

Business

The Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance expects around 200 delegates to attend its October 16th trade show highlighting the areas manufacturing companies reports bizjournals.com 

The NY State Association of Realtors says that August's housing sales figures were at a 26-month high reports Haley Viccaro of Gannet's Albany Bureau.

Guest essayist for the D & C, Ray Martino has four pieces of advice for startups.

Technology

Both of the presidential candidates are, surprise, supportive of innovation they tell scientificamerican.com

President Obama wants to double funding levels for key research bodies, and Governor Romney says he would promote innovation from the first day of his presidency.

R.I.T. is planning to use $2.2 million to continue working on sustainable solutions in packaging reports Jeffrey Blackwell for the Democrat and Chronicle.

Energy

Attorney Elisabeth N. Radow writes in this opinion piece that home owners considering signing a gas lease need to talk to their lenders first.

The Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reported yesterday on the U.S. Department of Energy's decision to take more time to determine the potential impact on local prices of natural gas exports.

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