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Thu March 22, 2012
Morning trail mix

Drilling boosters seek to woo hunters in Albany

Today in your Trail Mix:

Drillers woo hunters.

The second of our stories profiling how IDAs recruit business to their communities.

Delta's new NYC flights create winners and losers.

Plus, Binghamton University pushes for startup culture.

Energy

Natural gas companies are wooing sportsmen, to ease their fears that drilling could have a negative effect on activities like hunting (Jon Campbell, Gannett).

A lack of fueling stations is making it hard for Honda to move its compressed natural gas vehicles (Brian Nearing, Times Union).

NOAA teamed up with New York to map where offshore wind could be placed along the Atlantic (Mireya Navarro, New York Times Green blog).

Government

In our second of two stories looking at how IDAs do their business, Ryan Delaney tells the tale of Jefferson County's IDA - which seeks legislative approval for every deal it does.

Municipalities are starting to get more proactive about protecting their lakes and streams from storm water runoff (Mark Leitner, WBFO).

A Syracuse Industrial Development Agency board member was publically confronted with what a city council says is a bill for back taxes to the tune of $96,000 (Tim Knauss, Post-Standard).

Kodak CEO Antonio Perez dropped out of a commission on consolidating government - he's now being replaced as co-chair by the lieutenant governor (Joseph Spector, Vote Up!).

Growing

Delta is adding more flights to New York City, which is a win for some upstate cities - but a loss for others (Zack Seward, WXXI/Innovation Trail).

A western New York congresswoman is pushing for a bill that would pay companies to hire interns (Daniel Robison, WBFO/Innovation Trail).

The state's Brownfield Opportunity Areas program has handed 15 communities the funds to study how polluted areas can be brought back to life (Kevin Tampone, Greater Binghamton Business Journal).

The library in the tiny town of Hamlin says it can't expand because of the state's Wicks law, which requires multiple contractors on a government job (Meaghan M. McDermott, Democrat and Chronicle).

Higher ed

Legislation at the Capitol would require foundations associated with SUNY schools to comply with freedom of information law, to make them more transparent (Luke Hammill, Investigative Post).

Binghamton University's new president is pushing for a business incubator to help nurture local startup companies (Jennifer Micale, Press & Sun-Bulletin).

A proposed bookstore and fitness center at Syracuse University is serving as a proxy for a larger debate about tax abatements (Ryan Delaney, WRVO/Innovation Trail).

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