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St. Hillaire Honored for Economic Development Work

The Executive Director of St. Lawrence County's Chamber of Commerce is receiving statewide recognition for her economic development efforts in the North Country. The Chamber Alliance of New York State gave Karen St. Hillaire this year's Excellence in Leadership Award at a ceremony last week in Albany. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Big Tupper Developer Was Indicted 11 Years Ago For S&L Fraud

Pennsylvania developer and attorney Michael Foxman has unveiled a massive plan to redevelop the Bigger Tupper ski area in Tupper Lake. The proposal includes more than 800 vacation homes and a new Adirondack-style ski lodge. According to legal documents acquired by North Country Public Radio, Foxman was indicted eleven years ago as part of a savings and loan scandal. The collapse of a Florida S&L co-founded by Foxman cost taxpayers 680 million dollars. His case never went to trial, but two of Foxman's law partners in Philadelphia were convicted of fraud. Two Florida real estate developers involved in the scheme also pleaded guilty in the case. As Brian Mann reports, Foxman says he was never involved in any wrong-doing. Local government leaders in Tupper Lake say they're confident that his plan for the community is credible.  Go to full article

Reform Groups Raise Questions About State Contracts

A study by government reform groups raises questions about the relationship between the awarding of state contracts, and campaign contributions by successful vendors. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Business Council Offers Reform Suggestions

There's been a lot of talk at the State Capitol lately about how the legislative process is broken, and there have been many suggestions on how to fix it. The State's Business Council says one element that's been lost in the discussion is that not only is New York broken, it's also broke. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

High Speed Fiberoptic Network Fires Up

A new publicly-financed, high speed telecommunications network in the North Country will be up and running later this month. The $18.5 million fiberoptic line is 5 years in the making and will link 8 towns in St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Lewis Counties. Operators say service providers are already lining up to use the network. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Potsdam Prepares for Walmart Showdown

Plans for new or expanded Walmart stores are humming along in several parts of the North Country - in Massena, in Lowville, in Watertown, and outside Fort Drum - with little or no public opposition. That's not the case in Potsdam, where Walmart wants to build a 185,000 square foot Supercenter just south of the village on Route 11. Pro- and anti-Walmart groups are organizing letter-writing campaigns, inviting expert speakers, and arming themselves with studies to back their beliefs, as they prepare for a fight when the matter comes to a public hearing. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Clinton Hails E-Commerce Project in Potsdam

Senator Hillary Clinton returned to the North Country this weekend. It was a rescheduled visit after plans last month were canceled when former President Bill Clinton had to undergo bypass surgery. Senator Clinton energized party faithful at the annual dinner of the St. Lawrence County Democratic Party Saturday night. During the day she visited Clarkson University in Potsdam, where she announced the expansion of an e-commerce program that helps local businesses market their products online. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
BreconRidge CEO Bruce Rodgers (3rd from L), flanked by State Sen. Jim Wright and Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine
BreconRidge CEO Bruce Rodgers (3rd from L), flanked by State Sen. Jim Wright and Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine

Waterfront Cleanup, New Manufacturer Cheers Ogdensburg

This week's been full of good news for the city of Ogdensburg. On Monday Governor Pataki announced a $168,000 state grant to help clean up contamination along the St. Lawrence River. Yesterday an Ottawa-based company said it will expand in Ogdensburg's industrial park and create 100 new jobs. David Sommerstein has details.  Go to full article

Study: Upstate Taxes Much Higher than National Average

The state's Business Council has issued a report that finds taxpayers in upstate New York pay billions more a year in taxes than the national average. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

North Country Short of Skilled Labor for High Tech Jobs

High speed data lines may help attract high tech industry to the north country. But many experts say the region also needs a new kind of employee. After decades of depending on low skill labor and service jobs, many workers tend to be poorly skilled, with little education. As Brian Mann reports, economic planners say part of the answer is education and retraining. But they also hope to attract younger, more diverse workers.  Go to full article

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