May 2016 Cover Story: Economic Development

Securing a stronger future for the north country

COR Development’s Mercy Health Center Redevelopment project is set to begin its first phase of construction this summer on 30,000 square feet of commercial space and 108 apartments. Overall, the project will house 168 units and a community center on the grounds of the former Mercy Hospital in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

COR Development’s Mercy Health Center Redevelopment project is set to begin its first phase of construction this summer on 30,000 square feet of commercial space and 108 apartments. Overall, the project will house 168 units and a community center on the grounds of the former Mercy Hospital in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Despite workforce challenges, regional economic development continues to power positive growth across Northern New York

By Karee Magee, NNY Business

A rural and historically challenged region where economic development was often stagnant, the Great Recession dealt a significant blow to New York’s north country as its counties saw a spike in unemployment and manufacturing jobs disappear, including about 600 from Jefferson County alone. [Read more…]

March 2016: Business Briefcase

TOURISM

1000 Islands to host tourism conference

The New York State Tourism Industry Association will host the 2016 Empire State Tourism Conference from May 2 to 4 at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton. [Read more…]

March 2016: Business Scene

GWNC Chamber of Commerce 64th Israel A. Shapiro Citizenship Award dinner

The Hilton Garden Inn, Watertown, hosted the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce’s 64th Israel A. Shapiro Citizenship Award presentation and dinner on Feb. 11. [Read more…]

January 2016 Cover Story: Economic Outlook

Slow and steady
growth wins the race

OUTLOOK 2016 / MILITARY: A soldier salutes during the presentation of the colors last year in an activation ceremony for the 10th Mountain Division Divarty. As the post avoided major cuts in 2015, Fort Drum officials remain positive that 2016 will be a healthy year for one of region’s top economic sectors. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

OUTLOOK 2016 / MILITARY: A soldier salutes during the presentation of the colors last year in an activation ceremony for the 10th Mountain Division Divarty. As the post avoided major cuts in 2015, Fort Drum officials remain positive that 2016 will be a healthy year for one of region’s top economic sectors. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Despite a few challenges, experts say the region is on pace for a positive year in 2016. Six sectors of the north country’s economy are ripe with opportunities for growth.

By Karee Magee, NNY Business

A grim fate cast a pall over the north country in early 2015, as federal budget sequestration threatened to cut up to 16,000 personnel from Fort Drum in an effort by the army to trim its active duty force from 490,000 to 450,000 by fiscal year 2017. [Read more…]

Calendar – January 2016

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October 2015: Business Scene

GWNC Chamber of Commerce Athena Award dinner at 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel

The Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce held its 2015 Athena Award presentation and dinner on Sept. 10 at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton. [Read more…]

Watertown Legislator Carolyn Fitzpatrick wins 25th Athena Award

WATERTOWN — Jefferson County Board of Legislators Chairwoman Carolyn D. Fitzpatrick was announced Thursday morning as the 25th Athena Award recipient.

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Regional council talks gains for north country with state funding

The state Strategic Implementation Assessment Team listens to North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry F. Douglas, right, present on the ‘new north country’ regional developments. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

The state Strategic Implementation Assessment Team listens to North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry F. Douglas, right, present on the ‘new north country’ regional developments. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

CLAYTON — The message to the state’s Strategic Implementation Assessment Team was clear: State money has made an impact in the north country, in areas such as job creation, green energy production, industry investment and military retention. [Read more…]

March 2015 Business Scene

GWNC Chamber of Commerce 63rd Israel A. Shapiro Citizenship Award dinner

Hilton Garden Inn, Watertown, hosted the 63rd Israel A. Shapiro Citizenship Award presentation and dinner Feb. 12. [Read more…]

Community supports Clayton Rotary’s Taste of the Town fundraiser despite snow

CLAYTON — The snowy conditions Saturday did not stop crowds of people from coming out to support the Rotary Club of Clayton’s seventh annual Taste of the Town fundraiser at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel.

At least 200 people filled the ballroom to sample products brought by vendors from all over the region. Visitors had a chance to sample everything from wine and cheese to desserts and more.

“This year all the money we make from this event will go for eradicating polio from the world,” said David H. Neuroth, club president. “They are trying to eliminate it from the world, just like how smallpox was eliminated.”

The proceeds from the event will be donated to Rotary International, Mr. Neuroth said. Every dollar the club makes will be matched two to one by Bill and Melinda Gates from Microsoft.

Mr. Neuroth said the club hoped to raise $2,000 from the event.

“The weather may scare a few, but at this point in the winter people want to get out,” said Leslie T. Henry, Rotary member. “I was hoping for between 400 to 500 tonight.”

On top of the funds being donated to Rotary International, the club held a silent auction to benefit Dodge Pond special-needs camp in Oswegatchie.

Mr. Neuroth said the camp is for people who are disabled and are not able to camp independently without an aide.

“This gives them a chance to go camping,” he said.

Mr. Neuroth thanked the Kinney Drugs Foundation for its generosity and for being a sponsor of the event.

“We are hoping people enjoy it and we are hoping that they will want to see this event continue,” Mr. Neuroth said. “And that they will buy lots of things at the silent auction, so we can give more money to Dodge Pond.”

Lori S. Randazzo, outside-events coordinator with Coyote Moon Vineyards, said the winery has been involved in the event several times.

“As a Clayton business we love coming out to support the community,” Mrs. Randazzo said. “We are happy to be here.”

She said she hoped the winery’s presence would attract additional people to the event.

“Knowing that they can come in and taste all local products and perhaps one of their favorite Coyote Moon wines,” Mrs. Randazzo said. “I think this has always been a great and fun time. The Clayton Rotary does a great job of putting this event together and making sure that their presence is felt in the community.”

The Clayton Distillery has participated in the event since opening a couple of years ago, said Kim Aubertine, distillery representative.

“It is a really nice event,” Mrs. Aubertine said. “Overall, it is a lovely event.”

Melinda J. Bechaz, of Bechaz Riverdale Cheese, said it was an honor to help the Rotary, because it does so many great things in the community. “It brings everyone together,” Mrs. Bechaz said. “It is nice to have that network of people that want to help each other.”

 

 

By Whitney Randolph, Times Staff Writer