Recent Headlines of Interest
The North Country brought home nearly $65 million in the most recent round of CFA awards. The 81 projects represent economic diversity covering tourism, infrastructure and business expansion. All of the awards are listed in this publication.
Each year Northern NY Business Magazine publishes an emerging leaders edition; 20 community members under 40 years old who are already leaders in their chosen careers. Read about this year's extraordinary class at this link.
Blockchain is a digital ledger technology that tracks and stores transactions of various types. It is most famously used by cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, but broader applications are being explored including automating supply chain, finding contamination sources and other potentially game-changing functions. Learn more at this link.
Utility companies in NYS offer incentives to help reduce the cost of increasing energy efficiency in your business. This includes retrofitting lighting, heating, cooling, equipment and more. Also often included are replacement equipment or parts and other kinds of upgrades. Fuzehub has outlined some of the many programs here. Keep in mind that utilities can sometimes customize a prgram if you are making upgrades that include efficiency, so be sure to check in with your utility representative.
Greg Hart Receives Tom Plastino Distinguished Service Award
Each year at our annual business banquet CITEC recognizes a member of our community who demonstrates leadership, energy and dedication to strengthening our region. The Tom Plastino Distinguished Service Award began in 2010 and past recipients have included Joe Russo from National Grid, Eric Virkler from Lewis County Economic Development, and Dr. Richard Partch from Clarkson University's Center for Advanced Materials Processing.
This year CITEC recongized the North Country Regional Director of the Workforce Development Institute, Greg Hart, for his commitment to making the North Country a better place to live and work. We have partnered with Greg supporting companies of all shapes ans sizes across the entire region. He has consistently demonstrated a deep level of understanding of the needs of regional companies and works to find solutions. We are fortunate to have Greg working in the North Country.
"Separately our organizations aren't able to reach every entrepreneur or provide every service that theymight need, so by working together, we can increase awareness of the services we provide, utlimately increasing the chances of providing high impact support to county businesses and entrpreneurs, " Explains Jamie Hoose, director of the Shipley Center for Innovation at Clarkson University. The Ogdensburg Journal looks into business resource collaboration in the county.
As part of the Jeff Lawrence Manufacturing Innovation Fund, FuzeHub debuted its Commercialization Competition on November 16 and 16 in Albany. Seventeen entrepreneurs from across the state competed before a live audience for the $250,000 in prize mondy. Five companies were awarded $50,000 each for the innovative ideas, including North Country competitor Potsdam Sensors. Read more here.
Shaking the stigma of the industrial revolution has been a challenge for manufacturing but business leaders are now taking a closer look at how to improve safety to benfit the employees and the bottom line. Empasis on leadership, culture, Lean and data make the difference. A compelling case is made here.