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Watertown Call Center to Hire 500 Workers

Three years after it opened, a Watertown call center is reaching and plans to exceed its original hiring goals. Stream New York says it will hire about 500 people to provide customer service for technology and health care companies, including Sirius satellite radio. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Villages Go Wi-Fi in St. Lawrence County

Several villages in the North Country are trying to go wireless. Canton, Gouverneur, and Heuvelton are among the communities that want to use a public fiberoptic line to install wi-fi hotspots. They would allow residents and businesses to get broadband internet access without using phone or cable lines. David Sommerstein 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

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
DANC's telecommunications network
DANC's telecommunications network

North Country E-Commerce Plugging In

Construction is underway on a 450 mile network of high-speed fiberoptic lines to link towns in St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Lewis Counties. Also, Senator Hillary Clinton will visit Clarkson University Labor Day weekend to announce the expansion of another e-commerce program. The Northern Adirondack Trading Cooperative helps local businesses market and sell on E-Bay and other Internet sites. Karen St. Hillaire directs the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. She told David Sommerstein the first year of the program was a success.  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

New Jobs & Pressure for Corning Canton

Corning Incorporated's announcement last week that it will consolidate two of its product lines in Canton is good news for the plant and the St. Lawrence County economy. But the number of new jobs to be created is already more modest than original estimates. And as David Sommerstein reports, expansion brings additional pressures.  Go to full article

Corning Consolidation to Bring Canton 70 Jobs

Corning Incorporated's plant in Canton will be the beneficiary of an extended slump in the computer industry. Corning announced yesterday it is closing two high-tech glass plants and consolidating their production in Canton. The move will create 70 new jobs. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

Clinton To Tout North Country E-Commerce

Senator Hillary Clinton will make a swing through Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties Saturday. She'll unveil an initiative to promote locally made foods and crafts on the Internet. And she'll meet with Fort Drum's new commander. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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