Thu October 16, 2014

43North unveils 11 finalists, two from WNY

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 1:40 pm

43North officials announce 11 finalists.

Eleven finalists were announced in the 43North business plan competition Thursday. The contestants are competing for $5 million in cash prizes, including a top award of $1 million dollars. Each of the competitor is guaranteed to receive a cash prize of at least $250,000.

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Mon September 29, 2014
American Made

Rochester Focuses On A New Picture Of American Manufacturing

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 7:17 am

Tom Worden works on a fixed-abrasive grinding table at Exelis Inc. in Rochester, N.Y. Exelis is an aerospace and defense company, and employs numerous former Kodak workers in its facility.
Mike Bradley for NPR

Rochester, N.Y., was once the imaging capital of the world, home to Kodak, Xerox and the eye care company, Bausch + Lomb.

Led by these companies, the manufacturing sector once employed 60 percent of Rochester's workforce. Now, that's less than 10 percent. And so, like many cities in this country, Rochester is trying to build something new from its manufacturing heritage.

If you want to understand the story of Rochester, says historian Carolyn Vacca, you need to come to High Falls, where from a bridge visitors see a waterfall and a panoramic view of downtown.

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Fri September 26, 2014

Borscht Belt communities hope to reclaim the good old days

Credit Jenna Flanagan/WMHT

The state’s Gaming Facility Location Board is on the road gathering public comment on new casino proposals, and it was a full house during hearings at the Grandview Hotel in Poughkeepsie Tuesday.

Supporters from the mid-Hudson Valley region weighed in on which county should be granted casino licenses in front of commission members.

The Innovation Trial’s Jenna Flanagan has more.

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Mon September 15, 2014

Made in America: U.S. government strives for more exports

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 6:14 am

Courtesy of Mercer's Dairy.

The federal government continues to try to get more businesses to go international, and that includes businesses in central New York.

Among the success stories at a “Made in Rural America” conference in Cortland recently was the growth of an international market for Mercer’s wine ice cream. Mercer’s Dairy in Boonville has been a local ice cream institution for years on Route 12, halfway between Utica and Watertown.

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Tue September 9, 2014

Schumer says Army Corps is delaying FedEx deal at former Bethlehem Steel site

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 10:07 am

Senator Charles Schumer calls on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete wetland review of former Bethlehem Steel site

Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete its wetlands review of the former Bethlehem Steel site in Hamburg. The review stands in the way of possibly bringing FedEx to the region.

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