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Walmart Friends & Foes Face Off in Potsdam

Walmart supporters and critics clashed over job creation, sweatshop labor, and downtown shopping in a town forum in Potsdam last night. At issue is whether Potsdam should welcome a 180,000 square foot Walmart Supercenter to the outskirts of town. 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

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

Alcoa Restoring 45 Jobs in Massena

Alcoa Metals will re-open several pot lines at its aluminum smelters in Massena. The company expects to hire 45 people over the next three months. Alcoa cited low short-term power costs and increased demand for the re-start.  Go to full article
The Boonville/Oneida County parade
The Boonville/Oneida County parade

Ethan Allen Workers Move On in Boonville

A skeleton crew is finishing orders at Ethan Allen's furniture making plant in Boonville. The company is closing its operations in this small village on the Tug Hill Plateau after half a century of operation. More than 260 people have lost their jobs. The shutdown shocked the community and was the latest blow to the declining forestry industry in northern New York. As David Sommerstein reports, Ethan Allen's workers are moving on and the town of Boonville is bracing for what's next.  Go to full article

Shifting Career Gears in Mid-Life

Many former Ethan Allen employees worked most or all of their careers at the facility. For people in mid-career, transitioning to a new job, perhaps to a completely different line of work, can be very difficult. Frank Kirkey specializes in helping people 55 and older find employment. He's a field operations assistant with Experience Works Incorporated, based in Jefferson and Lewis Counties. He spoke with David Sommerstein. Kirkey says the hardest part of shifting careers is changing a person's mindset.  Go to full article

Seaway, Alcoa Show Economic Growth

Two traditional industries in the North Country are sharing in the rebounding economy. The St. Lawrence Seaway posted a 12% boost in traffic in its first few months of the season. And Alcoa released a positive quarterly earnings report last week. But as David Sommerstein reports, it's unclear how the good economic news will affect the region.  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

With Rising Homelessness, Affordable Housing Scarce

As we've been hearing this week, homelessness in northern New York can mean many things. People stay as long as they can with relatives or several families might share a small trailer. But social workers and care providers say more and more people are literally winding up on the streets. In Franklin County, a consortium of aid groups is working to measure the number of truly homeless people. They're also working with landlords to help provide low-cost apartments. Nancy Reich is head of Comlinks, a regional housing authority based in Malone. She says even with subsidies, affordable apartments are harder than ever to find. Reich spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

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