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Wed August 22, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

City of Syracuse invests in direct flights to Minneapolis, development councils make a pitch

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

And prepare to be deluged by a whole lot of pro-fracking marketing as the DEC takes a lot of flak.

Although there's "no final decision" pending says Governor Cuomo.

Social media is emerging as a tool for drought-stricken farmers.

Economic development councils made their pitch in Albany yesterday.

Sweetwater Energy in Rochester raises more venture capital than expected.

Government

The state's regional economic development councils were in Albany yesterday pitching for a piece of the $750 million grant pie reports Karen DeWitt for wxxi news. 

And the njherald says that development officials from western NY state are looking to deal with the legacies of "urban sprawl". 

Business

Despite increases in private sector jobs Rochester unemployment level hits 8.5 percent reports the Democrat and Chronicle.

Here's more on that from the RBJ.

A call center company is building up its capacity in Syracuse downtown reports The Post-Standard, and a hard-working Rick Moriarty also reports that Syracuse has put up $500,000 in incentives to encourage Delta to operate a service connecting Syracuse with Minneapolis.

Sweetwater Energy raised around $9 million in Series A funding, it was aiming for $5 million reports the Democrat and Chronicle.

Education

MIT Technology Review names a University of Buffalo assistant professor of chemistry as one of the world's top innovators under 35.

R.I.T. scores highly in the Princeton Review of the nation's best colleges for undergraduate studies and its Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepeneurship has been ranked the best in the country.

Energy

A consortium of organizations are sponsoring a campaign of media spots supporting safe and responsible shale gas development in New York state reports David Bertola for Buffalo Business First.

Governor Cuomo says the hydro-fracking issue is still up for grabs reports Gannett's Jon Campbell.

The NYPost reports that the state is divided on the issue and that the Cuomo administration is probably going to delay a decision to ensure that the DEC has covered all possible bases in its report.

IBM reports that its made a breakthrough in the efficiency of thin-film solar cells and the MIT technology review has more detail.

UticaOD.com reports on a solar-powered boat that's reclocated its operations to Rome NY.

Technology

grist.com has this article on ways in which farmers are using social media to run fundraisers during difficult times on the land.