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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

Walmart's Potsdam Plans Draw Cheers, Jeers

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
Plattsburgh AFB
Plattsburgh AFB

Precision Jet Hopes to Build Maintenance Hub (and Jobs) at Plattsburgh AFB

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

Spring Expo Highlights SLC Businesses

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

Saratoga Company Interested in Kraft Plant?

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

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