innovation conversation


Mon November 25, 2013
Migration and Economic Development

Innovation Conversation: Refugee resettlement in upstate New York

Ryan Delaney WRVO

We wrap up our recent week-long look at refugees in upstate New York with an hour-long conversation. You can listen to the program above, recorded during WXXI's 1370 Connection Innovation Friday.

Upstate New York’s cities take in around 90 percent of the 3,500 refugees coming to the state each year.

As refugees become more established they transform neglected neighborhoods, open new businesses and establish services to provide support for the next wave of arrivals. They also face several unique challenges.

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Tue July 24, 2012
Innovation Conversation

Innovation Conversation: New York's Neighbors

What can the state of New York learn from its neighbors?

New York shares a lot of the same economic challenges as other nearby regions. That's why the Innovation Trail team hit the road. We headed south to Pennsylvania where natural gas is giving a boost to the economy, but not without a price.

Then we went north to Canada - a country that's emerged relatively unscathed from the recent recession. Why are Niagara Falls, N.Y. and Niagara Falls, Ontario so drastically different?

Watch the full program here:

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Wed June 27, 2012
Higher Ed

Innovation Conversation: Higher Ed's Impact

Many upstate communities are anchored by universities.

They draw in students and breathe life into the region. But they also create jobs, fresh ideas and new companies.

The question is: How well is the upstate economy capitalizing on its academic institutions?

That's the topic of our latest Innovation Conversation: Higher Ed's Impact.

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Tue June 26, 2012

Gas Planet: A special radio show on the impact of fracking

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has unlocked vast reserves of natural gas once thought unreachable. This natural gas is touted as a cleaner fuel that can reduce carbon emissions. But new research is bringing that into question.

Gas Planet, a special hour of radio, explores whether unconventional natural gas drilling can help or hinder efforts to solve climate change.

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Thu June 21, 2012
Innovation Conversation

Watch our fracking panelists get personal

On the topic of fracking, things got heated.

You can see the full discussion tonight during the premier of our latest television special.  

Innovation Conversation: New York's Neighbors airs tonight at 9 p.m. on WMHT in Albany and WXXI in Rochester. The show also airs at 9:30 p.m. on WSKG in Binghamton.

The show looks across the border - to Pennsylvania and Ontario - to see what economic lessons the Empire State should be drawing from its neighbors.

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