Mon January 27, 2014

Upstate CEO's slightly more confident about the economy

Confidence among upstate New York business leaders is up slightly, according to a new poll, but worries over health care reform and workforce quality are keeping their confidence low-key.

Company CEO's polled by the Siena College Research Institute said they’re just as likely to expand their workforce this year - 28 percent - as they were in 2013 - 27 percent.

Manufacturing and engineering sectors posted the highest job growth expectations.

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Thu January 16, 2014

This year's economic forecast? Steady as she goes, maybe better

Central New York’s major economic booster group is predicting the region’s economy this year will be more of the same, maybe a little bit better.

Businesses in central New York are only slightly bullish about economic growth in CenterState CEO’s annual economic survey.

The pro-business group teams up with M&T Bank to put out the forecast. The bank foresees the economy will grow slightly more than it did last year. The region has seen 17 straight quarters of growth.

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Fri June 21, 2013

Is Plattsburgh Montreal's U.S. suburb?

Plattsburgh, N.Y. is just over an hour's drive from Montreal.

Jonathan Slater teaches communications at SUNY Plattsburgh. It’s the end of the work day, and he’s headed out to his car to go home.

But Jonathan’s commute involves an international border. He lives on the south shore of Montreal, and commutes to Plattsburgh every day.

"Next stop is the border – and that should take no more than a minute or two, and then home, and evening with my daughter," Jonathan says as he packs the trunk of his car and drives off.  

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Fri May 31, 2013

Peace Bridge politics affecting U.S. trade and commerce

The Cuomo administration wants to expand the U.S. side of the Peace Bridge, which connects Buffalo, N.Y. with Canada.
Ashley Hassett WBFO

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Controversy is overshadowing proposed improvements to the U.S. side of the Peace Bridge, the border crossing between Buffalo, N.Y. and Fort Erie, Ontario. The proposal is causing tension amongst members of the bi-national authority that administers this important piece of infrastructure. 

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Thu April 25, 2013

Proposed border crossing fee faces bipartisan opposition


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s is proposing a border crossing fee for those traveling into the country from Canada. So far the idea is drawing opposition from representatives across western New York.

The DHS has made provision in their 2014 budget proposal for a study on collecting fees from people entering the U.S. via land border crossings, to defray security costs.

Democratic Rep. Brian Higgins says if implemented, the plan would have a significant impact on the Buffalo-Niagara economy.

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