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Amsterdam Director of Community & Economic Development Amanda Bearcroft
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New York Congressman Paul Tonko toured two proposed economic development projects in the City of Amsterdam Friday morning, as officials look to bring more life into the city’s downtown.

COVID-19 impacts businesses
Courtesy of the Westchester County Office of Economic Development

In New York, Westchester County has a new program to help residents develop a home-based income stream.

Ballston Spa Village Mayor Larry Woolbright turns on the restored San Souci spring
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After crawling out of fiscal uncertainty, the Village of Ballston Spa in Saratoga County is moving forward with a new economic development plan to support and attract new businesses. 

Business development leaders met in a virtual town hall on Wednesday to discuss what the Capital Region economy might look like after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Business Confidence Index poster
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The North Country Chamber of Commerce unveiled its annual Business Confidence Index Wednesday morning, showing that most businesses expect steady activity over the course of 2020.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a $1 billion high-tech development project on the State University of New York’s Polytechnic Institute campus near Utica. It’s the first big announcement of jobs since an economic development scandal brought a federal prison sentence for the former head of the institute, as well as a top aide to Cuomo and several of the governor’s former associates. 

North Country REDC co-chairs James McKenna (left) and Dr. Ty Stone (center) with Governor Cuomo's Senior Advisor John Maggiore (right)
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The North Country Regional Economic Development Council met in Lake Placid today for one of its first fully open public meetings.  Following workgroup reports, the co-chairs offered a presentation on creating a Common Competitive Identity for the council’s seven-county region.

Senator Patrick Leahy (file)
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The Northern Border Regional Commission is a federal-state partnership that aids economic development in northern New England and New York.  On Thursday, Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy announced that the program is expanding in Vermont, New York, and New Hampshire.

Business Confidence placard
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The North Country Chamber of Commerce has released its annual Business Confidence Index for the region.  It comes as the region has received a high ranking from a national economics research firm.

Two HV Economic Development Groups Intend To Merge

Jan 30, 2019

Two economic development groups in the Hudson Valley are merging.

NY Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul visits Plattsburgh
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The day after she announced a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award in Amsterdam and hours after doing the same in Albany, New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Plattsburgh Thursday to examine projects supported by the first round of awards in 2016.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A significant parking overhaul in the city of Troy is set to begin next month.

SUNY Chancellor Dr. Kristina Johnson (left) cuts ribbon with Clinton Community College Board of Trustees Chair David Favro
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Local and state officials cut the ribbon this morning, officially opening the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing at Clinton Community College.

Massachusetts has approved 14 new projects under its Economic Development Incentive Program. 

Developers of a new smartphone app hope it will allow residents and visitors to explore Albany in a new way.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul in Plattsburgh 5-25-17
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New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Plattsburgh this afternoon to announce the final projects that have been approved for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative awarded to the city last summer.

New York State Office of General Services

In July 2014, the prison atop Mount McGregor in Saratoga County closed after nearly four decades in operation. Now, the state of New York is looking to sell the property. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports a request for proposals expires at the end of the month.

Saratoga County seal
Saratoga County

At 4 percent, Saratoga County’s unemployment rate is at its lowest level since 2007 and is tied with Warren County for having the lowest in the Capital Region. It’s also lower than the U.S. and state average of 5 percent. That’s according to a new report by the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership released on Tuesday.

Other indicators of a strong economy are a household median income above $71,000, and climbing home values.

The Pittsfield city seal
The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts has awarded tax incentives to two local businesses through the state's Economic Development Incentive Program in an effort to create jobs and stimulate business growth.

North Country Chamber unveils 2017 Business Confidence Index
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A survey conducted by the local chamber of commerce finds that confidence in the North Country’s business climate is surging.

A pharmaceutical manufacturing and supply company in Plattsburgh has received a $1 billion contract over five years that will allow it to expand employees and infrastructure.

Wiki Commons

Several long-awaited developments in New York’s Mohawk Valley are getting a boost from state investment announced last week.

North Country contingent at Regional Economic Development Awards
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York state's 10 economic regions received more than $700 million in new economic development funding on Thursday.  The North Country is welcoming its $61.4 million dollar share that will go to 77 projects across the northern tier of the state.

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The Saratoga Greenbelt Trail has been planned and discussed for years in Saratoga Springs.

The bike and pedestrian path network has been scrutinized by committees, non-profits, city officials and every day citizens.

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At the first economic outlook summit hosted by the Saratoga Prosperity Partnership, 20th District Congressman Paul Tonko and Albany-area economist Hugh Johnson appeared as keynote speakers.

Kate Collignon presents DRI report to local planning committee
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The Local Planning Committee coordinating the strategy for Plattsburgh’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Grant heard an update from the state’s consulting team earlier this week.

Norsk Titanium CEO Warren Boley speaks at Chamber luncheon
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Plattsburgh has been chosen to host the world’s first industrial scale high-technology manufacturing plant for titanium aerospace components.  The head of Norsk Titanium met with business leaders from the region Monday to talk about the state-of-the-art technology and the $1 billion investment in a new manufacturing plant and training facility at the old Clinton County Airport.

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When driving into downtown Glens Falls, it’s hard to miss the new residential and commercial buildings under construction. In the shadow of a multi-story mixed use building that is nearing completion, is what was once the center of downtown nightlife.

MLPBS Workforce Development Panel
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This week, Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh held a forum on the needs and challenges of workforce development as the region’s manufacturing sector expands.

Christopher Bohlmann
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During the Farnborough International Air Show near London in July, Norsk Titanium confirmed that Plattsburgh had been selected as the location for the world’s first industrial scale high-technology manufacturing plant for titanium aerospace components.  The company plans to invest $1 billion during the first 10 years of operations.  The Norwegian company hired Senior Vice President Operations Christopher Bohlmann to lead the establishment of the manufacturing plant.  He was in Plattsburgh this week to participate in a workforce development forum and spoke about the company’s plans.