June 2015 Cover Story: Tourism

Creating new tourism opportunities around natural resources

Kate Montgomery, Rome, won the grand prize in the 2014 Camping Photo Contest with her submission of a starry night at Keewaydin State Park outside Alexandria Bay. The contest, sponsored by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Department of Environmental Conservation, showcased New York’s scenic outdoors. Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation/Department of Environmental Conservation.

Kate Montgomery, Rome, won the grand prize in the 2014 Camping Photo Contest with her submission of a starry night at Keewaydin State Park outside Alexandria Bay. The contest, sponsored by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Department of Environmental Conservation, showcased New York’s scenic outdoors.
Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation/Department of Environmental Conservation.

Despite a falling Canadian dollar and a dip in cross-border visits to Northern New York, officials are working to market the region’s strengths, including its hundreds of miles of lakes and rivers and seemingly infinite number of outdoor recreation activities.

By Norah Machia, NNY Business [Read more…]

June 2015 Feature Story: Real Estate

A professional education leader

Linda J. “Lin” Fields is the primary instructor and driving force behind Watertown’s Professional Institute for Real Estate Training. Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Business.

Linda J. “Lin” Fields is the primary instructor and driving force behind Watertown’s Professional Institute for Real Estate Training. Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Business.

By Gabrielle Hovendon, NNY Business Magazine

Do you know how to sell a house? How to manage a property or navigate license law? Do you know the difference between a real estate agent and a realtor? [Read more…]

June 2015 Feature Story: Military Moms Food Truck

Comfort food on wheels

Carol Rosenberg, Fort Drum, will take to the streets with her newly minted Military Moms food truck. Mrs. Rosenberg has been developing her business and the truck for about three years. Her journey includes an appearance on the popular Food Network series, “The Great Food Truck Race.”  Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Business.

Carol Rosenberg, Fort Drum, will take to the streets with her newly minted Military Moms food truck. Mrs. Rosenberg has been developing her business and the truck for about three years. Her journey includes an appearance on the popular Food Network series, “The Great Food Truck Race.” Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Business.

After three years and a national food show, Military Moms hits the road

By Gabrielle Hovendon, NNY Business

It’s been a long and bumpy road for Carol Rosenberg to develop her Military Moms Food Truck — much longer and bumpier than the ones she’ll be traveling when her new food truck hits the streets this month. [Read more…]

May 2015 Cover Story: Growth and Revitalization

Rising from the past for a better future

Mark Pelletier, project manager for COR Development, Fayetteville, stands atop the rubble of the former Mercy Hospital site. COR began an aggressive $65 million to $75 million redevelopment of the site in 2014. The project is on track for completion in 2016 or 2017. The finished product is slated to have 40,000 square feet of retail and office space and 160 to 200 apartments. COR plans to build the apartments first, with the commercial space to follow. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Mark Pelletier, project manager for COR Development, Fayetteville, stands atop the rubble of the former Mercy Hospital site. COR began an aggressive $65 million to $75 million redevelopment of the site in 2014. The project is on track for completion in 2016 or 2017. The finished product is slated to have 40,000 square feet of retail and office space and 160 to 200 apartments. COR plans to build the apartments first, with the commercial space to follow. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

From Massena to Watertown, Ogdensburg to Lowville, efforts to revitalize urban centers take hold as public and private investment tops $250 million. Those involved say the north country is finally on a much brighter path since the 2008 recession battered the region.

By Lorna Oppedisano, NNY Business [Read more…]

Despite water damage, city has hope for former Berow & Monroe shoe store building

City planning and community development coordinator Kenneth A. Mix walks the second floor at an open viewing of the old Berow & Monroe shoe store building in downtown Watertown. Photo by Norm Johnston, Watertown Daily Times.

City planning and community development coordinator Kenneth A. Mix walks the second floor at an open viewing of the old Berow & Monroe shoe store building in downtown Watertown. Photo by Norm Johnston, Watertown Daily Times.

WATERTOWN — Going through the Court Street building on Wednesday, Jeffrey M. Smith was surprised by the amount of water damage that has accumulated in the former Berow & Monroe shoe store building over the years. [Read more…]

CitiBus fares may increase by 50 cents

Travelers ready to embark a CitiBus at the downtown terminal. Photo by Norm Johnston, Watertown Daily Times.

Travelers ready to embark a CitiBus at the downtown terminal. Photo by Norm Johnston, Watertown Daily Times.

WATERTOWN — CitiBus riders may need to fish another 50 cents from their pockets each time they take a ride. [Read more…]

April 2015 Real Estate Feature Story: Weichert, Realtors — Thousand Island Realty

Realtor turns passion into profits

Melanie Curley, owner and founder of Weichert, Realtors — Thousand Island Realty, in front of her main office in Clayton, 306 James St. Ms. Curley founded Thousand Islands Realty in 2006 and last fall affiliated with the national firm Weichert, Realtors, Morris Plains, N.J. Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Business.

Melanie Curley, owner and founder of Weichert, Realtors — Thousand Island Realty, in front of her main office in Clayton, 306 James St. Ms. Curley founded Thousand Islands Realty in 2006 and last fall affiliated with the national firm Weichert, Realtors, Morris Plains, N.J. Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Business.

By Lorna Oppedisano, NNY Business

For some, real estate is just a job and a home is just a place. For Melanie Curley, owner and founder of Weichert, Realtors — Thousand Island Realty, they’re passions. [Read more…]

April 2015 Leadership Feature Story: “Got Leadership?” Luncheon

‘The sky’s the limit’

Women’s Council of Realtors “Got Leadership?” panelists, from left, Jefferson County Sheriff Colleen M. O’Neill, Doreen Garrett, founder of Otis Technology and owner of the Tilted Kilt, Erika F. Flint, executive director, Watertown Urban Mission and Sarah V. Compo, deputy chief of staff for state Sen. Patty Ritchie, R- Heuvelton. Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Business.

Women’s Council of Realtors “Got Leadership?” panelists, from left, Jefferson County Sheriff Colleen M. O’Neill, Doreen Garrett, founder of Otis Technology and owner of the Tilted Kilt, Erika F. Flint, executive director, Watertown Urban Mission and Sarah V. Compo, deputy chief of staff for state Sen. Patty Ritchie, R- Heuvelton. Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Business.

Women leaders stress goal-setting, networking

By Lorna Oppedisano, NNY Business

Leadership is a lot like parenting: you have to make the best decisions for your team, know when to sit back and listen, absolutely love what you do and know your end game. [Read more…]

April 2015 Cover Story: All in the Family

Keeping family in business as times change

William C. Brown & Son owners Arel B. Brown  and wife, Barbara, in front of their Maytag Home Appliance Center, 5503 Shady Ave., Lowville. The third-generation family business, which specializes in plumbing, heating and air conditioning service and appliance sales, is celebrating its 100th  anniversary this year. Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Business.

William C. Brown & Son owners Arel B. Brown and wife, Barbara, in front of their Maytag Home Appliance Center, 5503 Shady Ave., Lowville. The third-generation family business, which specializes in plumbing, heating and air conditioning service and appliance sales, is celebrating its 100th
anniversary this year. Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Business.

For three north country family businesses – one just starting out, another a century old – the recipe for lasting success is simple: communicate openly among partners and welcome customers as family.

By Norah Machia, NNY Business [Read more…]

March 2015 Small Business Startup: Barkeater Craft Brewery

BarkEater Craft Brewery

Dean T. Richards, owner and head brewer, BarkEater Craft Brewery. Photo by Norm Johnston.

Dean T. Richards, owner and head brewer, BarkEater Craft Brewery. Photo by Norm Johnston.

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