Job fair Monday in Canton will connect job seekers with employers

CANTON — More than 20 employers, mostly in the health care and education-related fields, will participate in a job fair scheduled for Monday at the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services Center, 40 W. Main St. [Read more…]

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…]

April 2016: Guest Essay

Connecting education with business, industry

Tracy Gyoerkoe

Tracy Gyoerkoe

Career and technical educators have been connecting education with business and industry almost since their inception. In today’s world, it’s even more important for these connections to remain strong, and more and more, all educators are working to connect learning to the real world of work. [Read more…]

New north country agricultural academy secures $200,000 in state funding

State Sen. Patty Ritchie looks at sheep with Natalie Chambers, left, a senior at Heuvelton Central School and president of the Northwest Tech FFA chapter, Thursday during a tour of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm in Canton. Ms. Chambers spoke to the New York State Senate Agriculture Committee in Albany. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

State Sen. Patty Ritchie looks at sheep with Natalie Chambers, left, a senior at Heuvelton Central School and president of the Northwest Tech FFA chapter, Thursday during a tour of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm in Canton. Ms. Chambers spoke to the New York State Senate Agriculture Committee in Albany. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Starting next school year, 15 to 20 high school seniors from St. Lawrence County will have the chance to attend a full-day agricultural program at the newly-created North Country Agricultural Studies Academy. [Read more…]

The Robot Zone set to open Saturday in downtown Potsdam

Lori Green, a sixth-grade special education teacher at Salmon River Central School, right, works with Janice Marlow-Santamore, a sixth-grade teacher at Salmon River Central School, to program a Lego Mindstorm robot Tuesday at the Robot Zone in downtown Potsdam. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Lori Green, a sixth-grade special education teacher at Salmon River Central School, right, works with Janice Marlow-Santamore, a sixth-grade teacher at Salmon River Central School, to program a Lego Mindstorm robot Tuesday at The Robot Zone in downtown Potsdam. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Tucked away next to Verizon at 71 Market St., science, technology, engineering and math education business The Robot Zone has moved its operations off campus, and is getting ready for a grand opening this Saturday. [Read more…]

February 2016 20 Questions: John L. Blevins, Blevins Motors

Rolling with Change

John L. Blevins, Blevins Motors owner and general manager, Potsdam, talks about challenges and opportunities the auto industry faces as vehicles become more efficient with advanced technology. Photo by Jason Hunter, NNY Business.

John L. Blevins, Blevins Motors owner and general manager, Potsdam, talks about challenges and opportunities the auto industry faces as vehicles become more efficient with advanced technology. Photo by Jason Hunter, NNY Business.

For Blevins Motors owner, automotive industry is one innovation after another

Forty-seven years after Leland Blevins opened his standalone Dodge dealership, Blevins Motors, Inc., has transformed through decades of change in the auto industry to a multi-brand dealership with an eye for new prospects, including an RV dealership and partnering with Farmers Insurance to open Blevins Insurance Agency. Owner and general manager of Blevins Motors, Inc., John L. Blevins, sat down with us to discuss the evolution of the auto industry and how local dealerships can succeed in a highly competitive, shifting landscape. [Read more…]

2015 Class of 20 Under 40

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This year’s class of 20 Under 40:

A development director, a news anchor, an assistant principal, an operations and IT supervisor, an advertising account executive, a financial director, health care professionals, a chief of staff and business owner, a village mayor, a civil engineer, an installation forester, a company president and a few directors.

Our fifth annual 20 Under 40 class was the most competitive field yet, and these individuals represent a snapshot of Northern New York’s most accomplished, dedicated and involved young professionals, across three Northern New York counties and across a wide range of nonprofits, businesses.
All of these young men and women are involved in some shape or form in their community, whether by serving on an organization’s board, creating an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, hosting a polar bear dip, or something as simple as helping to coaching a community basketball team or participating a charity 5K run/walk.

All of these leaders, who are between the ages of 25 and 39, were chosen not only by the editors and staff of NNY Business magazine, but by virtue of glowing recommendations from their peers and employers. And not only do these emerging leaders, who embody the prized north country values of compassion, hard work and selflessness, make time in hectic schedules to volunteer in the community, they give their very best in challenging career fields each and every day, all out of an effort to make the place they have chosen to stay in and call home the very best place it can be.

Donna M. Smith, 39: Village of Lowville & BOCES

 

Donna M. Smith learned about hard work and community service at a very young age. [Read more…]

November 2015 20 Questions: James W. Wright, DANC

Regional solutions at work

Development Authority of the North Country executive director James W. “Jim” Wright talkes about the Authority’s 30-year history in his office at the Dulles State Office Building, Watertown. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Development Authority of the North Country executive director James W. “Jim” Wright talkes about the Authority’s 30-year history in his office at the Dulles State Office Building, Watertown. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

30 years later, DANC develops tools for success

A landfill hauler dumps trash at a regional solid waste management
facility. Workers install new fiber-optic cable for a high-speed telecommunications line. An entrepreneur acquires a loan to start a seasonal resort.

Those are but a few activities in Northern New York made possible by the Development Authority of the North Country, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. The authority has seen many growing pains since it was established in June 1985 by the state Legislature, finding numerous ways to contract with municipalities and residents across Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. On the occasion of 30 years of service, we sat down with DANC Executive Director James W. “Jim” Wright to learn more about his agency’s mission and its future. [Read more…]

November 2015: People on the Move

New finance coordinator at community foundation

jeican WEBMichele R. Jeican recently joined the staff of the Northern New York Community Foundation as finance coordinator.

Mrs. Jeican comes to the foundation from DOHL Development Corp., Watertown, a sister organization of Jefferson Rehabilitation Center. She was employed at DOHL for 25 years, most recently as chief operating officer. [Read more…]