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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

New NNY Tourism Data Online

Economic developers, entrepreneurs, and anyone who's just plain curious about the North Country now have a powerful new tool. The Northern New York Travel and Tourism Research Center, based at SUNY Potsdam, has compiled data profiles for the 10 counties of northern New York and published them online. The profiles have data on hotel rooms, traffic counts, employment, campgrounds, marinas, fishing and hunting licenses, and snowmobile trails. Laurie Marr is the center's director. She told David Sommerstein she saw a need for a central source for tourism-related statistics.  Go to full article

Survey: Empire Zones not Creating Enough Jobs

Democrats in Albany are critical of a Pataki Administration program that gives tax breaks to companies for creating jobs in New York. An audit has found that most of the companies do not follow through with the jobs that they promised. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

New Retail Brings Needed Jobs

When Ames closed its stores almost a year ago, it left a retail gap in the North Country's small towns. From Saranac Lake to Lowville, people voiced their frustrations in getting basic items, from socks and underwear to sewing notions and shower curtains. The Ames closure also left an employment gap in the region, one that new retail stores are starting to fill. Wise Buys opens in Canton this weekend and Hacketts opens in Potsdam in November. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Emissions Trading for Telecommuters

Companies who fear that their greenhouse gas emissions may soon be regulated are being offered a new alternative. A Virginia-based firm has created an emissions trading system that will capitalize on telecommuting. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports.  Go to full article

Fibermark says More Jobs Coming to Lowville

85 new jobs coming to Lowville will help decrease unemployment rates in Lewis County. Fibermark Incorporated, which produces speciality paper is merging its Rhode Island plant into its Lowville operation. As Jody Tosti reports, the new jobs will be created over the next 18 months, while the company invests more than $7 million to expand the paper plant.  Go to full article

Ames Closing will Cost Hundreds of North Country Jobs

Ames Department stores are going out of business. And with 327 stores nationwide and almost 22,000 employees, the impacts reach far and wide. As Jody Tosti reports, hundreds of jobs will be lost in the North Country alone and some communities will lose their only department store.  Go to full article

Potsdam Nursing Home Workers Sign New Contract

Employees of the Community Nursing Home of Potsdam signed a new contract this week. As Jody Tosti reports, the workers and their union are calling the labor agreement a success.  Go to full article

Labor Numbers: State Workers Hurting From Recession and September 11th Aftermath

New York's Labor Department has released its latest employment numbers and the jobs picture looks bleak for much of the state. Hit by the September 11th terrorist attack and by a global recession, the state lost more than 140,000 jobs last year. As Brian Mann reports, parts of the north country are feeling the squeeze - but others held steady.
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Adirondack Community College to Offer Job Training

SUNY Colleges will be using a million dollars in state grant money to provide training for nearly 5,000 private and public sector jobs. In the North Country, 7 companies will benefit from the training program being offered through the Adirondack Community College. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

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