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Politicians and economic development leaders join Governor Cuomo on stage Wednesday in Albany. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/page2/">Flickr</a>
Politicians and economic development leaders join Governor Cuomo on stage Wednesday in Albany. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

North Country captures $90.2 million development prize

For the second year in a row, the North Country won top honors in the statewide economic development competition organized by Governor Cuomo.

The award was announced Wednesday at a ceremony in Albany. It will mean more than $90 million in additional funding and tax breaks for new initiatives. That compares with just $50 million dollars that will go to projects in New York City.

Economic developers in the North Country say winning top honors two years in a row is a major vote of confidence for the region. They also say the dollars will boost key initiatives, from new housing development around Fort Drum to tourism infrastructure in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo at Wednesday's Regional Economic Development Council presentation. Photo Governor's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/">Flickr</a>

Cuomo divvies up regional economic aid

Governor Cuomo awarded over three quarters of a billion dollars for economic development projects at a ceremony Wednesday at the State Capitol. While every region in the state got something to go towards key projects, some regions got more than others.  Go to full article
Lake Placid's National Sports Academy is dealing with a tough financial outlook. Photo: Lou Reuter via <a href="https://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>

National Sports Academy faces financial troubles

Leaders at Lake Placid's National Sports Academy say an outpouring of community support is helping the private school weather a financial storm.

Eighteen Winter Olympians have attended NSA, and hundreds of the school's alumni have competed in World Cup and Division I sports including cross-country and downhill skiing, hockey and luge. Some of the school's most famous alumni include three who competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver: Vermontville native Bill Demong, who won gold and silver medals in Nordic combined; biathlete Haley Johnson of Lake Placid; and luger Chris Mazdzer of Saranac Lake.  Go to full article
A heatmap visualization of the prevalence of flu in New York City, as observed through public Twitter data. Image via <a href="http://www.cs.rochester.edu/~sadilek/research/">Adam Sadilek</a>, University of Rochester

Using a smart phone to avoid the flu

The health industry in upstate New York is undergoing some rapid transformations, and all this week we're featuring reports from the Innovation Trail team on innovation in...  Go to full article

Books: "Smart Guide to Freshwater Fishing"

Freezing temperatures late last week didn't deter avid angler Mike Seymour from heading out for muskies on the St. Lawrence River. Seymour has been a licensed fishing guide...  Go to full article