Great American grocery store coming to Star Lake

This Adirondack hamlet won’t be without a full-scale grocery store for much longer. [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…]

Some local workers may be hired for Newtown Falls Railroad rehabilitation

Rehabilitation of the Newton Falls Railroad should start by early May and some local workers are expected to be hired, according to officials from the Maryland company leading the $6.8 million project. [Read more…]

April 2016: Small Business Success

Resources for small business funding

Jennifer McCluskey

Jennifer McCluskey

In our local area, there are several different avenues a business owner can use to fund a start-up or growing small business. I touched on a few resources in a previous column, but there are several others you might want to be aware of. Depending on the needs of the business, the type of business and the size of the project, one funding resource might be better than another. At the Small Business Development Center, we can help direct business owners to the best fit for a project. [Read more…]

Watertown meat plant developer: Proposed St. Lawrence County slaughterhouses could be outcompeted

This artist’s rendering shows how the New York Meat Co. at the Jefferson County Corporate Park would look when fully built. Submitted by Lunco Corp.

This artist’s rendering shows how the New York Meat Co. at the Jefferson County Corporate Park would look when fully built. Submitted photo by Lunco Corp.

Planners of small-scale slaughterhouses in Potsdam and Oswegatchie should be afraid of being overwhelmed by a larger meat plant being developed in the Watertown area, contends the developer of that plant. [Read more…]

Sparx seeks new site for slaughterhouse in Potsdam

POTSDAM — Now that a proposal to build a small-scale slaughterhouse in Canton has failed, United Helpers’s business Sparx is considering a site off Pine Street in the village. [Read more…]

February 2015 Cover Story: A Battle for Bucks

The competition for economic development

From left, Justin A. Taylor, Clayton town supervisor, and Todd Buchko, 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel general manager. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

From left, Justin A. Taylor, Clayton town supervisor, and Todd Buchko, 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel general manager. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Since 2011, the north country has received $338.1m in state money to develop infrastructure, housing and projects that will lead to sustainable local jobs. Last month, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo raised the stakes with a new competition that could send another $500m to NNY. Officials say the region is prepared for a tough fight.

By Ted Booker, NNY Business

Click here to see how REDC funds have helped the north country. [Read more…]

River Agency approves $700,000 loan for Canton Industrial Park

LOUISVILLE — The St. Lawrence River Valley Redevelopment Agency approved Monday a $700,000 loan to the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency.

The loan would help finance the construction and marketing of a 15,000-square-foot industrial building that is being developed by the St. Lawrence County IDA at a site between the county jail and Triple A Building Center, Canton.

The industrial park will become the new home of the IDA, vacating office space the agency now uses at the county’s Human Services Building, Route 310, Canton.

[Read more…]

What’s happening here?

Groundwork has started for the first building in the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency’s Canton Industrial Park. The IDA will be the building’s first tenant. Blackbird Cafe, Canton, has been in talks to house microbrewing operations in the building as well. Photo by Melanie Kimbler-Lago.

St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency Canton Industrial Park

Location: Commerce Lane, Canton

Size: 15,000 square feet

Cost: $1.9 million

Engineering and design: Tisdell Associates, Canton

On-site contractor: Danko, Massena

Estimated completion: 2013

Local jobs: Several dozen construction and contracting jobs.