Westelcom needs status as rural carrier to deploy broadband in NNY

Westelcom doesn’t have the cash flow needed to invest in deploying broadband Internet because it was reclassified last year as an urban telecommunications carrier, and elected federal officials are pushing to get the company’s rural status back. [Read more…]

February 2016: Business Briefcase

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Watertown Chamber names award winners

The Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce recently announced recipients of 2015 Business of the Year awards. [Read more…]

Miami developer mulls building outlet mall, arena near Fort Drum

EVANS MILLS — A Miami developer is considering building a 600,000-square-foot outlet mall with a multi-purpose arena near Fort Drum’s main gate off Route 11 in LeRay, according to the town supervisor. [Read more…]

Drum connector lures military drivers, leaves businesses on routes 11, 342 in dust

Businesses on Route 11 south of Interstate 781 are experiencing lower sales after the road opened in December, diverting daily Fort Drum traffic. Justin Sorensen/ Watertown Daily Times

Restaurants, convenience stores and gas stations west of Fort Drum used to cash in on military and civilian traffic along the commuters’ route — workers buying breakfast in the morning, for example, and soldiers stopping for beer, cigarettes and lottery tickets after work.

But since December, when Interstate 781 opened, commuters can exit the post’s main gate directly onto the new Fort Drum connector, avoiding traffic lights to get home faster. The diversion of traffic to the new 4.8-mile highway linking the post to I-81 continues to increase, according to the state Department of Transportation. And as it does, businesses along routes 11 and 342 have been left in the dust. [Read more…]