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…]

Mobile chicken processor working; new business model created

DEKALB — After sitting idle for more than a year because of design flaws, a mobile chicken slaughterhouse unit is now operating, but under a new business model. [Read more…]

DeKalb purchases St. Henry’s Church for library, community space

The town of DeKalb has purchased St. Henry’s Catholic Church in DeKalb Junction for $10,500 and plans to use it for a library and community space. Jason Hunter / Watertown Daily Times

The town of DeKalb has purchased St. Henry’s Catholic Church in DeKalb Junction for $10,500 and plans to use it for a library and community space. Jason Hunter / Watertown Daily Times

The town of DeKalb has purchased St. Henry’s Catholic Church for $10,500 for use as a library and other community purposes.

“We’re trying to look at the future,” Supervisor John M. Frary said. “It’s nice to make sure these old buildings are used.” [Read more…]