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The Innovation Trail is a collaboration between five upstate public media outlets, reporting about New York's innovation economy.

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Lander's clothing store in Jamestown prepares for a "cash mob" to descend last week. Photo: Daniel Robison, Innovation Trail
Lander's clothing store in Jamestown prepares for a "cash mob" to descend last week. Photo: Daniel Robison, Innovation Trail

Cash mobs boost local business, community

You may have heard of "flash mobs," where a mass of people invade a public space to make a scene. Now the idea has been turned on its head by "cash mobs," where large crowds of consumers show up at small businesses to spend money.

But as the Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison reports, it's not just about propping up the local economy.  Go to full article
Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) explains the Workforce-Ready Educate America Act to a gathering of educators in Amherst. Photo: Daniel Robison, Innovation Trail
Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) explains the Workforce-Ready Educate America Act to a gathering of educators in Amherst. Photo: Daniel Robison, Innovation Trail

Tax credits would encourage internships

A western New York representative wants to give businesses an incentive to provide internships. The new piece of legislation in Congress would give businesses a tax credit for each intern. As the Innovation Trial's Daniel Robison reports, colleges and universities indicate support for the measure.  Go to full article
What youíre creating Ö is a group of individuals that are educated, that are gonna enter the working class. Itís not welfare.

Hundreds rally for NYS "Dream" act

Hundreds of people gathered for a rally outside the state Capitol yesterday, pushing for legislation to help undocumented immigrants go to college. WMHT's Marie Cusick reports for the Innovation Trail.  Go to full article
BrandYourself.com CEO Patrick Ambron works from his office at the Syracuse Tech Garden. Photo: Ryan Delaney, Innovation Trail
BrandYourself.com CEO Patrick Ambron works from his office at the Syracuse Tech Garden. Photo: Ryan Delaney, Innovation Trail

Company offers protection for your "brand"

Search engines and social media have put a whole new spin on managing your good name. An entire industry has developed in the quest to control what people find when they punch your name into Google.

The Innovation Trail's Ryan Delaney reports that a Syracuse-based firm is hoping to flip that industry on its head, and investors have noticed.  Go to full article
Former waiters James O'Leary and Ansar Khan designed Ambur, an app for restaurants. It's available on the App Store for $999. Photo: Daniel Robison, Innovation Trail
Former waiters James O'Leary and Ansar Khan designed Ambur, an app for restaurants. It's available on the App Store for $999. Photo: Daniel Robison, Innovation Trail

Phone app serves wait staff

The days of waiters and waitresses scribbling down orders on a small note pad may be coming to an end. Yes, there's now a smart phone app for that. As the Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison reports, it's the work of two former waiters turned digital entrepreneurs.  Go to full article
In 2008, a technician was found to be falsifying data at the State Police Forensic Investigation Center in Albany. He escaped detection for 15 years. Photo: Mike Melita, Innovation Trail
In 2008, a technician was found to be falsifying data at the State Police Forensic Investigation Center in Albany. He escaped detection for 15 years. Photo: Mike Melita, Innovation Trail

Can New York labs handle more DNA?

There's a new effort in Albany to pass a bill that would bring about a major expansion to the New York's DNA databank.

Both prosecutors and defense attorneys agree that having more DNA can help solve more crimes, but not everyone agrees that this bill does enough to ensure justice. WMHT's Marie Cusick reports for the Innovation Trail.  Go to full article

SUNY tries out "finish in four" program

Finishing college in four years is becoming less common. Now, SUNY Buffalo is piloting a new State University of New York program that guarantees students will finish in the traditional time frame, or the school picks up the cost of remaining tuition. The Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison explains.  Go to full article
Are they jumping for joy relative to state government? Not yet (but) itís a major improvement from a year ago.

Business view of Albany brightens

A new survey of upstate business leaders produced nearly identical results as last year's. But as the Innovation Trail's Zack Seward reports, one finding saw a major change: the opinion of state government.  Go to full article
Roswell Park Cancer Institute CEO Dr. Donald Trump. Photo: Roswell Park
Roswell Park Cancer Institute CEO Dr. Donald Trump. Photo: Roswell Park

Roswell park faces state cuts, lobbies for alternatives

The Roswell Park Cancer Institute relies on $100 million in taxpayer funding each year. Governor Cuomo wants to zero out that budget line for the Buffalo research facility by 2014.

As the Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison reports, Roswell officials accept that state funding will likely be reduced. They fanned out through Albany this week trying to work out the best deal possible.  Go to full article

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