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…]

JCIDA chief: $15-an-hour proposal could drive ‘handful’ of area businesses out of state

A handful of area businesses “across the gamut of sizes and sectors” say they’d consider moving out of New York if the governor’s $15-an-hour minimum wage proposal materializes, according to the chief of the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency. [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…]

Car-Freshner sues nonprofit over alleged trademark infringement

The CarFreshner corporation building at the Jefferson County Corporate Park. Photo from Watertown Daily Times

The Car-Freshner corporation building at the Jefferson County Corporate Park. Photo from Watertown Daily Times

WATERTOWN — Fresh off a victory in a federal trademark infringement lawsuit in Manhattan, Watertown’s Car-Freshner Corp. is challenging a nonprofit organization’s use of an air freshener design similar to Car-Freshner’s patented “Little Trees.” [Read more…]

October 2015 Business History: Car-Freshner

An international icon

The CarFreshner corporation building at the Jefferson County Corporate Park.

The CarFreshner corporation building at the Jefferson County Corporate Park.

Car-Freshner’s ‘Little Trees’ a global brand

By Lorna Oppedisano, NNY Business [Read more…]

$20.6 million USDA meat processing plant planned at Watertown business park

Plans to build a $20.6 million meat processing facility at Jefferson County Corporate Park were unveiled Thursday. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Plans to build a $20.6 million meat processing facility at Jefferson County Corporate Park were unveiled Thursday. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

SACKETS HARBOR — A $20.6 million meat processing facility certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been planned at the Jefferson County Corporate Park by a local developer and a group of farmers. [Read more…]

Trading Places: FedEx to be easy replacement for Corporate Park facility

In what may prove to be a pretty neat swap, the tentative plan to have FedEx move into a warehouse formerly designated for an Eagle Beverage distribution center on lot 12 of the Jefferson County Corporate Park should go off without much difficulty, according to developers.

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Eagle Beverage Co. plans move to county corporate park

Eagle Beverage Co. has signed a letter of intent with a developer agreeing to move from 25121 Route 3 in the town of Pamelia to a proposed 60,000-square-foot warehouse at the Jefferson County Corporate Park off outer Coffeen Street.

Planned by Michael E. Lundy, CEO of Lundy Development Corp., Carthage, the warehouse would be built in Lot 10 at the park if the town of Watertown approves the project in October. The climate-controlled warehouse and distribution center would have 30,000 square feet of storage space and 12 enclosed bays for beverage delivery and shipment.

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