8:57am

Mon October 8, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

GM fuel cell operation heads to Mid-West

Good Morning and welcome to your Columbus Day edition of the Innovation Trail Mix.

General Motors is closing its fuel cell plant in Western New York and moving that research to Pontiac, Michigan. Innovation Trail is following up on that story today.

Regional planning agencies in the Southern Tier are working towards a goal of cutting 80% of their greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050. 

The Dalai Lama arrives in Syracuse today as part of the 'Common Ground for Peace' event.

Fracking

Tom Wilber writes that the recent fracking-policy-by-press-release strategy by Governor Cuomo buys him valuable breathing space ahead of the November elections, in his Shale Gas Review.

The Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports on the City of Binghamton's options following a Supreme Court ruling last week that the city's moratorium on natural gas production and storage was invalid.

Karen DeWitt reports reaction from a range of health professionals who are questioning whether Governor Cuomo's decision to keep the fracking health impact study in-house will yield the best results. (WXXI News)

Government

The Oneida Indian Nation is financing a new advocacy group to lobby against Governor Cuomo's plans for an expansion of gambling in the state. (WSJ)

Business

The GM closure of its Honeyoe Falls plant will come at the cost of  220 highly skilled R and D jobs in the Rochester region. The Democrat and Chronicle reports on Friday's announcement, and we'll have more on this story later today.

UAlbany's Nanocollege has announced a significant expansion of its Business Plan Competition reports nanowerk.