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Four communities in New York have been ranked among the top 10 “micropolitan” areas in the country for economic development.

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Downtown Albany is undergoing a major facelift, from new apartments to a major convention center project. Now, more projects are in store for the city's core.

START-UP At Stewart Is Met With Different Views

Jan 27, 2015
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A proposal to make Stewart International Airport in Orange County a tax-free zone, included in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address earlier this month, is drawing mixed reviews. 

When speaking about infrastructure during his January 21 State of the State address, Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed plans for two regional airports.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pitching a competition that would pit seven upstate regions against each other for a chance to win $1.5 billion in economic development money. Cuomo's plan, if approved by lawmakers, would have the seven regions  submit economic proposals by July 1.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has rolled out the welcome mat for "Quirky" - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that Quirky, an invention company headquartered in New York City, will open an office in downtown Schenectady. Quirky will occupy two floors at the Center City building at 433 State Street, with plans to create 180 new jobs in downtown Schenectady within the next three years.

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A Congressman and an economic development chief talked jobs, listened to ideas and exchanged information with New Yorkers on a conference call this afternoon.

Capital District Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko and President, CEO & Commissioner of Empire State Development Kenneth Adams hosted the hour-long "telephone town hall" with citizens, fielding questions and chatting about highlight federal and state efforts at economic development and job creation.

Two HV Businesses Receive Economic Development Funding

Feb 22, 2014
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A few Hudson Valley businesses are on the receiving end of New York State funding for economic development projects.

The newest job market numbers are out, and they’re trending in a positive direction.   The job market in the Capital Region paralleled the national one as it rebounded a bit after an off week. Next-Act of Colonie's Dan Moran sees the numbers reflecting continued strength and employer confidence.    “ We had a couple of good weeks of run-up. We had kind of a flat week, now we're coming back up a little higher again. It's showing a new confidence in the employment market, and that's a good thing.”

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A new report is providing details about Glens Falls’ downtown, in an effort to aid bringing new businesses to the area.

Ed Bartholomew, Economic Development Director for Glens Falls and president of EDC Warren County, says the new report, which inventories the city’s available commercial space downtown, provides a more detailed picture of the small city’s revitalization.

North Country business and municipal officials gathered at a local manufacturing plant Thursday morning to praise New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s economic development proposals and call on the legislature to expedite their passage.

The new supervisor of a Capital Region town defined by scandal in 2013 has set out a vision for 2014 focused on economic development.

At an open forum for businesses hosted by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce at Halfmoon Town Hall Thursday, Supervisor Kevin Tollisen outlined his agenda for 2014.  In November, Tollisen was elected to become supervisor in January, but took the supervisor position early after he was appointed by the town board, following the resignation of former supervisor Mindy Wormuth.

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A public-private partnership in North Adams, Massachusetts has unveiled its plan to revitalize the city’s downtown.

Created in 2011, the Partnership for North Adams brings together major players in the state’s smallest city. City government, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art as well as local economic developers have created a plan for a reimagining of the city’s downtown. John DeRosa is a founding member of the partnership.

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In New York’s third round of awards to the Regional Economic Development Councils, the North Country was named a Top Performer Awardee and received the fifth highest level of funding.

Capitalize Albany Corporation is getting ready for the tuesday launch of its Impact Downtown Albany revitalization strategy. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Capitalize Albany's Director of Economic Development Sarah Reginelli and Communications and Marketing Assistant Amanda Vitullo.

There will be 3 events to be held next week: the kick-off event (open to the public) on Tuesday November 19th , the tour of nano-tech (this is an internal tour) on Wednesday November 20th, and the young professionals event (also open to the public) on Thursday November 21st.

Capitalize Albany is getting ready to roll out a new project that has big implications for Downtown.

On Tuesday at Ten Eyck Plaza, Capitalize Albany will unveil its Impact Downtown Albany revitalization strategy - a twelve month public/private collaboration.  Sarah Reginelli, Director Economic Development of Capitalize Albany, says there are currently about two dozen corporate contributors.

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Members of the New York State Senate heard comments today from representatives of the upstate tourism and hospitality industry in Saratoga Springs. The dialogues are meant to identify and eventually eliminate what some say is restrictive government regulation.

The regulatory reform forum held at the Quad Graphics plant in Saratoga Springs was just one in a series organized by the New York State Senate Majority Coalition, which consists of Senate Republicans and members of the Independent Democratic Conference.

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The first of four forums discussing how colleges and universities are a key component of economic development in New York State was held in Plattsburgh recently.

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U.S. Senator Edward Markey visited Pittsfield today on a tour of western Massachusetts.

One of the largest companies in Saratoga County could be expanding, as local officials work to develop a new economic plan for the region.

At a meeting Monday evening, the Malta Town Board voted unanimously to approve zoning legislation to allow GlobalFoundries, a computer chip manufacturer, to expand by building a second facility.

The company had been working with the town since it submitted its proposal for the 575,000 square-foot Fab 8.2 project last winter.

Economic development efforts in Warren County are about to become reanimated thanks to a cooperative agreement with the City of Glens Falls.

On Monday, Ed Bartholomew, Economic Development Director at the Glens Falls Economic Development Group, will assume his role of president of the Economic Development Corporation of Warren County.

Empire State Development is hosting workshops in Plattsburgh today on New York state’s Consolidated Funding Application process.

Planners in Berkshire County are reaching out to organizations in the public and private sectors to request information on their upcoming economic development projects.

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is talking to private businesses, municipalities, non-profits, agencies, and others to collect data in order to update its Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Priority Project List.

Pittsfield-area commercial leaders and experts participated in a forum Tuesday to discuss bringing their businesses to an international level. 

U.S. Representative Richard Neal said that the forum he organized for the business community in his new Congressional district is similar to forums he previously held in a former district closer to Boston. Neal said that across the Massachusetts have a significant potential for growth in a new global marketplace.

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An economic development plan based on sustainability, smart growth and environmental stewardship for the Adirondacks and seven-county northern tier of New York was presented to stakeholders this week.


The draft North Country Regional Sustainability Plan’s major goals include generating and exporting renewable energy from the northern tier, energy efficiency improvements, development of alternative heating fuels from within the region, sustainable use of natural resources to enhance jobs and business development and environmental stewardship.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is launching a key component of last year's bipartisan jobs legislation that attempts to help entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground.

The Democrat said Thursday that four "hubs" have been approved for Hartford, Stamford, New Haven and Storrs, where participants are provided with everything from financial, professional and mentoring resources to a collaborative workspace.

Nearly one million dollars in economic development grants were awarded to organizations across Massachusetts designed to assist in outreach and business expansion. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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Vermont’s governor, state officials, the state’s Congressional delegation and the owners of the Jay Peak Ski Resort announced nearly 850-million dollars in economic development initiatives that will lead to at least five thousand jobs in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

The city of Springfield Massachusetts, Friday, launched a formal casino selection process and set  an early October deadline for casino operators to make their intentions known.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

       Casino operators that want to build in Springfield have until October 10 to file an initial proposal with the city. After a preliminary review, city officials will determine by November 1st  which projects will advance to a more rigorous evaluation that will eventually culminate in a voter referendum on casino gambling in Springfield.

  The city of Springfield finds itself the center  of intense competition for the lone casino license that will be issued in western Massachusetts.  Questions are being raised about the  casino selection process city officials are about to undertake.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

   The Massachusetts Legislature during the course of its just concluded two year session passed some key measures affecting businesses. On the whole the session was seen as beneficial to the state’s business climate.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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