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Tue July 26, 2011
Morning trail mix

Cuomo hits Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse in councils tour

In today's Trail Mix ...

The governor kicks off his economic development tour in earnest, with three upstate stops.

The wine industry in the Finger Lakes is looking for local demand to match its national acclaim.

Plus: will the Marcellus Shale be preempted by the Utica Shale?

Business

The governor is in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse today to announce the composition of his regional economic development councils (Joseph Spector, Gannett).

Finger Lakes vineyards are having trouble getting local traction, even as they contribute heavily to New York's status as the number two wine producing state in the nation (Jeffrey Blackwell, Democrat and Chronicle).

An aluminum manufacturer near Oswego has kicked off an expansion that it says will create 100 jobs (Rick Moriarty, Post-Standard).

Energy

The Wall Street Journal writes in an unsigned editorial that while Pennsylvania profits from shale drilling, New York is dallying (Wall Street Journal).

Media Matters calls out the New York Post for failing to mention in an editorial that a Penn State study about fracking was funded by a gas lobbying firm (Shauna Theel, Media Matters).

Last week the Innovation Trail's Emma Jacobs reported that environmental groups have detailed a list of problems with the Department of Environmental Conservation's draft rules for hydrofracking.  Now Capital Tonight has video of Environmental Advocates of New York's Kathleen Nadeau outlining those concerns (Maureen McManus, State of Politics/Capital Tonight).

But is the real prize the Utica Shale, which sits below the Marcellus Shale?  A Norwegian drilling company thinks so - it's filed the first permit to drill there (Steve Reilly, Press & Sun-Bulletin).

Cost of living

Buffalo's bus authority is including a 25 cent fare hike in its proposal to bridge a projected $11 million deficit (Robert J. McCarthy, Buffalo News).

Doctors who move to the Rochester area and commit to stay can get some help paying off their college loans from a new program from insurer Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield (Will Astor, Rochester Business Journal).

Higher education

SUNY Binghamton and Upstate Medical University in Syracuse are teaming up to offer classes together and feed BU students into an exclusive fellowship program (Traci DeLore, Greater Binghamton Business Journal).

Six Buffalo-area colleges are among the best in the nation to work at, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education (Gene Warner, Buffalo News).

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