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 2015 Cover Story: Women Entrepreneurs Find A Niche

Women entrepreneurs find a niche

Tara Marzano, third-generation owner of Marzano Paving, manages the business started by her grandfather and great uncle in the 1940s. Her father, Ralph Marzano, later took over the firm. During the long north country winter season, the company turns to snow removal. Ms. Marzano is also broker/owner of Marzano Real Estate, a Watertown-based realty firm.  Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Tara Marzano, third-generation owner of Marzano Paving, manages the business started by her grandfather and great uncle in the 1940s. Her father, Ralph Marzano, later took over the firm. During the long north country winter season, the company turns to snow removal. Ms. Marzano is also broker/owner of Marzano Real Estate, a Watertown-based realty firm. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

For three north country women in construction-related fields,  certification as a state Minority Women-Owned Business Enterprise has opened doors, but hard work is what ultimately earns respect.

By Norah Machia, NNY Business [Read more…]