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Old 03-18-2019, 02:34 PM
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Plug Power: More revenue, more employees, and its highest stock price in a year: https://www.bizjournals.com/albany/n...employees.html

Alstom awarded $90 million contract; signal systems to be engineered in Rochester (snippet): https://rbj.net/2019/03/15/alstom-aw...-in-rochester/
More: https://www.metro-magazine.com/rail/...naling-systems
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Old 03-19-2019, 10:32 AM
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Some good information from the Money In Your Pocket segment from WSYR in Syracuse: https://www.localsyr.com/news/money-...230/1859901634
More here: https://www.localsyr.com/news/money-in-your-pocket
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Old 03-19-2019, 10:05 PM
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NY REPORT: HIRING BY SMALL BUSINESSES TOPPED NATIONAL PACE: https://www.wktv.com/content/news/NY...507352821.html
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Old 03-20-2019, 04:02 PM
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ROME, N.Y. — NUAIR Alliance and Griffiss International Airport in Rome announced they have “successfully” implemented the UAS traffic management (UTM) platform from ANRA Technologies into the New York State UAS (unmanned-aircraft system) test site.

The UTM implementation “advances” the test site’s capabilities by “enhancing” multiple, simultaneous beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations that involve both manned and unmanned vehicles sharing the same airspace, NUAIR said in a news release.

NUAIR Alliance is short for the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance, a Syracuse–based coalition of New York and Massachusetts aerospace and academic institutions. It is an organizational partner of CenterState CEO, the region’s primary economic-development organization.

The ANRA Technologies website says it has offices in Tysons, Virginia; Chevy Chase, Maryland; and in New Delhi, India.

ANRA Technologies also “enhances” tracking and supports network-based remote ID and detect-and-avoid capabilities.

“The implementation of ANRA’s technologies brings great agility and currency to the New York State UAS test site and keeps NUAIR on the path to bring the test site to full operational capability by early August of this year,” Major General Marke (Hoot) Gibson (ret), CEO of the NUAIR Alliance, said in the release. “ANRA joins our team of UAS service suppliers at the test site and has implemented world-class flight and range information management systems, significantly enhancing our UAS testing capabilities.”

Features of the ANRA UTM platform include flight planning and monitoring, command and control, separation assurance, airspace management, tracking of drones, reporting, and open interfaces to enable capabilities like remote ID. The platform is designed to integrate both participating and non-participating UAS into a single operational unmanned traffic-management system.

NUAIR Alliance hosted a two-day conference in January in which specific “real-world” scenarios were outlined. That conference included more than 40 UAS industry experts from 20 global companies, NUAIR said.

The scenarios included testing participating and non-participating UAS in the same airspace.

This testing scenario showcases the “commercial viabilities” of UAS, while highlighting the “technical challenges” of operating multiple UAS in shared airspace. The implementation of the ANRA UTM platform makes this testing capability a “reality” for the New York State UAS test site, the release stated.

Source: https://www.cnybj.com/nuair-alliance...-site-in-rome/
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Old 03-20-2019, 07:51 PM
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SHUTTING DOWN: Hillside in Varick to close, taking with it 235 jobs from Seneca County: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tan...put-has-grown/

RIT & NTID focusing on STEM careers for the deaf and hard of hearing | Innovation Trail

Program aims to boost faculty diversity at NY state colleges | Innovation Trail

RIT to develop software to detect deepfake videos | Innovation Trail
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:29 AM
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Addressing the pending shortage of dentists (snippet): https://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/..._news_headline
More in regards to this: https://1450wkip.iheart.com/content/...ew-york-state/
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Old 03-21-2019, 08:45 PM
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Cuomo visits Massena to announce 7-year agreement between Alcoa, NYPA for 450 jobs: https://www.watertowndailytimes.com/...&template=mwdt

SUNY Canton eSports program to be showcased on ABC’s ‘Nightline’ tonight: https://www.watertowndailytimes.com/...&template=mwdt

Edge Factor: An interactive way to generate STEM career interest: https://www.thedailynewsonline.com/b...&template=mwdt

Correction in regards to the first article 2 posts earlier: https://www.fltimes.com/news/hillsid...ef0b3ecdf.html

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Old 03-22-2019, 10:26 AM
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Top horse trainer applied for 50 seasonal worker visas. He got zero. What it means for the upcoming racing season

Thoroughbred trainer Todd Pletcher has compiled $372 million in career earnings, more than any other trainer in the history of U.S. horse racing.

He trained two Kentucky Derby winners, three Belmont Stakes winners and won more races at Saratoga Race Course than any other trainer 13 times over the past 20 years.

None of those achievements mattered last month when Pletcher was shutout in his bid to bring in 50 seasonal workers from South America to feed, groom and exercise horses.

The federal government rejected Pletcher's request for 50 H-2B visas, a critical part of the workforce he employs to care for the 100 thoroughbreds he brings to Saratoga Springs every year.

The rejection came after the number of applications for H-2B visas far exceeded the federal cap, leaving hundreds of employers without staff to perform jobs that few Americans want. It is a problem that is impacting hotel operators, landscapers and the horse racing industry.

For the handful of horse trainers who missed out, it could be a blow to thoroughbred racing.

"We are deeply concerned about our ability to participate in the upcoming Belmont and Saratoga race meets without the presence of these 50 seasonal workers," Pletcher wrote in a letter to Congressman Paul Tonko and U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.

"I don't know what we are going to do," said Maggie Sweet, chief operating officer at Todd A. Pletcher Racing Stables Inc. "There is no way we are going to find 50 experienced people."

This year was the first time Pletcher was rejected in the 20 years Sweet has worked for him.

She spent the past month contacting New York politicians asking them to convince the federal government to increase the cap on H-2B visas.

"None of this makes sense," said immigration attorney L.J. D'Arrigo, a partner with Harris Beach in Albany. "All this will do is encourage employers to hire illegal workers just to get the job done."

The demand for H-2B visas is at an all-time high, he said, and a record number of employers are unable to bring in seasonal workers. Rejections are occurring because the annual cap on H-2B visas is set at 66,000.

D'Arrigo estimates that the number of applications is more than triple that number.

One of his clients — thoroughbred trainer George Weaver — applies for 25 to 30 H-2B visas each year. This year, none of them were approved.

"I might end up turning away business," Weaver said.

He typically brings about 60 horses to Saratoga Race Course each summer. Unless the federal government raises the cap, Weaver figures he is unlikely to find enough American workers to make up for the 30 seasonal workers he would have brought in from Mexico.

To get by, Weaver may be forced to ask his current American horse groomers and other stable hands to take care of more horses.

For Maggie Sweet of Pletcher racing, she plans to contact officials at SUNY Morrisville to see if the college has students in its equine program interested in summer jobs at the track. Other trainers have considered recruiting seasonal workers from Puerto Rico.

That still would be a dramatic shift from hiring workers from Mexico and other South American countries who have 10 to 20 years experience working with thoroughbred horses.

Trainer Gary Contessa has been hiring H-2B workers from Mexico for years. This year, all 17 of his applications were granted. Last year was a different story — his visas were approved three months later than normal, forcing him to scramble to get work done until workers arrived.

"The bulk of my best employees are here on H-2B visas," Contessa said. "We do manage to hire some American workers, but they are not as knowledgeable and you have to teach them and watch them."

There are not as many American men and women willing to work on the backstretch as there were in 1975 when Contessa was starting out as an assistant trainer.

"You have to work all day, in the rain, in ice, in intense heat," Contessa said. "You have to work with animals that spend the better part of the day trying to put you in the hospital."

The H-2B program exists because there is a need, he said. And the problem could be resolved if the visa cap is increased.

Congress authorized the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to increase the H-2B visa cap from 66,000 to 135,320.

No decision has been made about increasing the cap, according to The USCIS

A spokeswoman said the agency and the Trump administration are focused on protecting the jobs, wages, and working conditions of U.S. workers as much as possible. It is part of their strategy to fulfill the president's Buy American and Hire American executive order.

The spokeswoman also said there have been no decisions on whether to reinstate an exemption that expired two years ago. That exemption previously allowed companies to bring back returning H-2B workers without being subject to the visa cap.

The use of seasonal workers and H-2B visas has been caught up in the U.S. debate over immigration and visa policy.

"It is political," said D'Arrigo, the immigration attorney from Albany.

President Trump's businesses in New York and Florida have hired seasonal workers through the H-2B visa program in recent years, according to U.S. Department of Labor records.

"The president knows the value of the program," D'Arrigo said. "I think he is afraid [to increase the visa cap and] make a decision that would upset his base."

If things continue the way they are, Pletcher worries about the impact it will have on the racing industry.

"We are not the only training operation that is going to be affected," he wrote in his letter to New York congressional members.

If there are not enough employees to take care of horses, Pletcher fears it will reduce the number of horses competing at Saratoga and Belmont this year.

"This shortage will have devastating consequences on our business and on the racing season as a whole," Pletcher wrote.

Source: https://www.bizjournals.com/albany/n..._news_headline
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Old 03-22-2019, 10:55 AM
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Metabolic has a new CEO, and plans to expand nationally

Ryan Hanley is taking over as the new CEO of Metabolic, a fitness studio founded by Matt Phelps, with six locations throughout upstate New York.

Phelps, a past Albany Business Review 40 Under 40 honoree, will remain as president and focus on crafting workouts for the gyms. Hanley will lead the company's corporate strategy to expand nationally. Hanley said Metabolic will start looking for expansion opportunities within an eight-hour drive of Albany.

Hanley had been a client at Metabolic for about five years, and worked previously as the chief marketing officer of Trusted Choice, a national marketing brand for independent insurance agents. A native of the Albany region, Hanley briefly worked for a tech startup in Columbus, Ohio. When Phelps approached Hanley about the executive role at Metabolic, he knew it was time for a career change.

"I probably would have left just about any job for this one," Hanley said.

Hanley said Metabolic's combination of strength and aerobic training is unique, which could give it an edge as it tries to expand nationally and compete with the likes of Orangetheory and Crossfit.

He's seen the transformative results for himself, and is hoping to grow the gym's reach.

Phelps founded Metabolic in 2013 with about 150 clients and operated it out of Phelps Gym in Menands. In 2015, he moved Metabolic to a larger space in Green Island. Phelps has since opened five additional locations and grown membership to 2,500. Metabolic has about 35 employees between its corporate office and fitness studios.

Source: https://www.bizjournals.com/albany/n...ationally.html
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Old 03-22-2019, 11:17 AM
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NY REPORT: HIRING BY SMALL BUSINESSES TOPPED NATIONAL PACE: https://www.wktv.com/content/news/NY...507352821.html
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The owners of Salt City Coffee at 509 W. Onondaga St. in Syracuse marked their second anniversary in business and celebrated National SBDC Day at the same time.

SBDC Day is a “national, collective proclamation of the success and impact America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) have across the nation” in economic development and the small businesses community, per a Tuesday news release from the Syracuse district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Salt City Coffee owners Aaron and Maria Metthe opened the business in March 2017 with the help of business counseling from the SBDC at Onondaga Community College (OCC), the SBA said.

The center helped the Metthes to develop their business plan and financial projections, identify funding options, and obtain marketing data provided by the SBDC research library.

Aaron Metthe also took the Fast Track to Business Start Up class presented by the SBDC, a 20-hour workshop on “all facets” of launching a business.

In honor of National SBDC Day, the SBA, SBDC at OCC, and OCC held a Wednesday morning event at Salt City Coffee to acknowledge Salt City Coffee’s two years in business.

The SBA annually provides more than $6 million to the State University of New York network of 22 SBDCs across the state, the agency said.

For more than 30 years, the SBA Syracuse district office has partnered with the SBDC at OCC to help the small-business community in the Central New York.

Since 1984, the advisors of OCC’s SBDC have worked directly with 8,023 clients, helping them to invest more than $209 million in the area economy, and create or save 11,318 jobs, per the SBA news release.

OCC’s SBDC has satellite locations at the Tech Garden in Syracuse and at Syracuse CoWorks, along with locations in Cortland, Cayuga, Madison, and Seneca counties, the agency added.
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