Study outlines 5-year strategy to boost St. Lawrence County’s economy

Matt Warren, right, a customer support representative for Frazer Computing, Inc. provides phone support Wednesday at Frazer Computing, Inc., 6196 US-11 in Canton. Also pictured is Mike Burnett, left, also a customer support representative. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Matt Warren, right, and Mike Burnett provide customer phone support Wednesday at Frazer Computing Inc., Route 11, Canton. A five-year plan compiled for the New York Power Authority recommends small business growth among ways to boost St. Lawrence County’s economy. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

CANTON — A $4 million economic development study just released by the New York Power Authority lays out a five-year strategy for reversing St. Lawrence County’s stagnant economy. [Read more…]

Biennial survey shows Jefferson County employers plan to hire

Nearly half of the employers in Jefferson County plan to hire workers in the next two years, according to a biennial survey conducted by the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency from March 7 to May 1.

According to the survey — which included 76 employers in Jefferson County — 44.4 percent plan to increase their staff in the next two years; 41.7 predict their staff will stay the same, while 13.9 expect to have fewer employees.

Those results are much improved compared with the 2011 survey, which had 81 respondents that included employers from Lewis County. Results in 2011 showed that only 23.1 percent of employers planned to add to their staff over the next two years; 62.8 percent predicted their staff would stay the same, and 14.1 percent thought they would downsize. [Read more…]