8:18am

Thu August 23, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

Can green energy turn a profit without subsidies?, and more bad news for the middle class

It's the Thursday Innovation Trail Mix and as usual plenty is happening on our round.

The Pew Research Center says the middle class continues to fall behind.

Cuomo will be dodging fracking protestors at the State Fair today.

What's a Manufacturing Innovation Institute?

A year after the flood, Binghamton University is living large in downtown.

Government

Governor Cuomo will no doubt be hoping that he can get a break from the fracking debate as he visits the New York State Fair today. Good luck with that reports Teri Weaver for The Post-Standard.

More on the Regional Economic Development Councils reports Joseph Spector from Gannett.

Unemployment in the Capital Region reaches 8 percent reports Adam Sichko from the Business Review.

Energy

Green energy is now 'toxic' to investors who are waiting to see if technology startups can survive beyond the grant cycle reports CNNMoney.

This roundup of a recent presentation by Martin Linck from the Gas Technology Institute outlines a new breakthrough in the biomass to biofuel market. (newenergyandfuel.com)

And this might be of interest to this dairy farm in Skaneateles as reported by Catie O'Toole from syracuse.com.

Mitt Romney to declare goal of achieving US energy independence by 2020 reports The Chicago Tribune.

Money

The middle class "have endured their worst decade in modern history" says a new report from the Pew Research Center.

Technology

The Brookings Institution makes the case for more Manufacturing Innovation Institutes.

Education

Binghamton University's Downtown Center is open for business reports 12WBNG.