9:13am

Tue September 18, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

Upstate schools address dropout rates with a range of programs

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

The one-in-four annual dropout rate amongst high school students is being tackled on a range of fronts as the Innovation Trail team reports here for the American Graduate initiative.

This new report from the Social Science Research Council finds that one in seven of all young people aged 16-24 measured in 25 major metro areas were either not in school or in a job.

More of the Adirondacks look set to be put into the public domain.

Urban farms are feeding more of the disadvantaged reports Grist.com.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York says business conditions in the state are at their lowest rate since November 2010.

The Finger Lakes Economic Development Council is predicting some 50,000 new jobs will be added to region by 2016.

Government

North Country Public Radio reports on developing plans for a multi-use recreational train line in the Adirondacks, and the Regional Economic Development Council is right behind the idea reports Brian Mann.

And 19,000 acres of the former Finch timberlands could end up "Forever Wild", Brian goes on to tell us.

One Republican lawmaker has claimed to have received death threats from hydrofracking opponents, reports newsmax.com.

Tom Tobin at the D & C casts his eye over the Finger Lakes Economic Development Council's update of last year's funding bid.

Education

New state-mandated teacher evaluations are having a negative impact on the willingness of teachers to mentor the next generation of teachers reports Jessica Bakeman for Gannett.

Business

Central New York defense equipment manufacturers are delaying new hirings in anticipation of $110 billion cuts in the sector expected in January 2013, reports Mark Weiner for The Post-Standard.

Here's the monthly overview on manufacturing in the state by the NY Fed. Not great news.

Energy

Concern is growing in the sector about the likely expiration of Production Tax Credits for renewable energy wind generation on December 31st and the Natural Resources Defense Council has produced a couple of reports considering how wind generation benefits local economies.

This useful graphic from Greenwire represents some projected industry job losses and slowdown according to House representation and advocacy for continuation of the Production Tax Credits (PRCs) for wind.

A map of announced and potential wind industry layoffs, and factory slowdowns prepared by E & E
A map of announced and potential wind industry layoffs, and factory slowdowns prepared by E & E
Credit E & E Publishing LLC