Week in Review: June 29 – July 3, 2020
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“Many businesses have suffered from shutdowns and slowdowns over the past three months because of the pandemic, but the Jahnel Group’s experience has been just the opposite.
Demand for its custom software development services has been stronger than normal — so much so that the Schenectady company has hired 10 new staff and is looking for more, said Jon Keller, chief growth officer.”
“The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently announced new and advanced initiatives to help address environmental justice and support disadvantaged communities.
NYSERDA made available more than $10.6 million to help underserved New Yorkers access clean, affordable and reliable solar, representing the first step in implementing New York’s Social Energy Equity Framework.”
“The Capital Region was cleared to start phase four of reopening on Wednesday — but that does not mean gyms, malls and movie theaters will be opening their doors this week.
“The team of global public health experts advising New York State on its reopening strategy has thoroughly reviewed the data for the Capital Region and has cleared it to enter Phase 4 of reopening starting tomorrow, July 1,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday in statement.”
“A combination of new federal visa restrictions and pandemic-driven unemployment benefits has led to an employee shortage in this lakeside resort community, prompting pay hikes and a community-wide effort to bring in workers.
“It’s a perfect storm,” said Sara Mannix, who runs a local firm, Mannix Marketing, which is helping to coordinate an employment effort in which hotel, restaurant operators and others are scrambling to staff up for the coming July Fourth weekend.”
“The Albany Capital Center (ACC) will soon be welcoming guests back to its facility and with that new protocols in place.
In accordance with guidelines issued by Venueshield, ASM Global’s new environmental hygiene protocol in response to evolving guest expectations, stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, the New York State Department of Health, the Albany Capital Center will be providing hand sanitizer for all attendees, made by Saratoga Courage Distillery. Hand sanitizer dispensers’ stations have been placed throughout the facility and accessible to all individuals entering and present in the building.”