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Yesterday I talked with Amy Ivy (of Coop. Extension) about a neat event in Plattsburgh Saturday afternoon that’ll bring people who want to eat local food together with people who produce food, local food, even in this dead part of...
Happy 2014 all! The Dirt's been on a holiday hiatus, but we're back with the view of farm and food news from Upstate NY. In yesterday's State of the State message, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo offered a generous helping of good news for the...
Here's a good read to start your week. The vast growth and expansion of farmers markets over the last decade is a huge feel-good story for local agriculture. Since 2003, the number of farmers markets in the USDA registry has doubled to 8,144...
Ah, the Olympics. Where to start? The larger complaint is familiar: the dreams and energy of athletes feed a tightly-controlled monopoly – which throws a mega-party, for which host countries foot horrendous bills. I suppose one defense would...
Food coops (and bulk buying clubs before them) were really the pioneers of whole food and local food and healthy food eating in most places. Now we have the mega-chain Whole Foods, and most supermarkets carry organic fruits and vegetables and...
News stories tagged with "business"
Sep 27, 2004 — 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
Sep 15, 2004 — 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
by Karen DeWitt
Aug 17, 2004 — 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
Jul 06, 2004 — 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
May 28, 2004 — The discount giant Walmart is making a major push to expand in the North Country. The company plans to build bigger stores in Massena and Watertown, and new stores in Lowville and Leray, near Fort Drum. Tuesday Walmart announced plans to build a supercenter on Route 11 in Potsdam. As David Sommerstein reports, the news is renewing an old debate in the college town. Go to full article
May 19, 2004 — A Syracuse-based company hopes to build a major aviation maintenance hub at the old Plattsburgh Air Force Base. On Friday, Precision Jet signed a memorandum of understanding with officials in Clinton County that brings the project one step closer to reality. But some critics say the company's reputation -- and their demands for tax relief --- raise serious questions about the deal. Brian Mann spoke with Joe LoTemplio, a reporter with the Plattsburgh Press Republican who has been following the story. Go to full article
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May 07, 2004 — Home-based and locally owned businesses in St. Lawrence County are being showcased today at the 2004 Spring Expo at SUNY Potsdam. The show is separated into nine categories, including Tastes of the North Country, North Country Talent and Small Businesses, Big Impact. The public is invited to visit the 60 exhibitors expected at the expo which takes place today and tomorrow in SUNY Potsdam's Maxcy Hall. Kathy DelGuidice organized the event. Go to full article
Apr 15, 2004 — A Saratoga start-up company may be interested in Kraft's cheese plant in Canton. The plant is slated to close in July, putting 60 people out of work. But as David Sommerstein reports, company officials say a lot needs to happen before the interest becomes more than casual. Go to full article
by Karen DeWitt
Apr 08, 2004 — An analysis by the American Cancer Society finds that nearly nine months after the statewide smoking ban took effect, very few waivers have been granted to bars and restaurants that claim they are losing business from the anti-smoking law. Karen DeWitt has more. Go to full article
Feb 19, 2004 — A consortium of businessmen based in Philadelphia has bought the Big Tupper ski area. The group also bought more than 6,000 acres around the ski hill - and plans to build a condo and second home development. Brian Mann has details. Go to full article