February 21 2020
Creative/Agriculture/Food, Employment/Workforce

Area’s Labor Force Is Getting Younger

The labor force of the Capital Region’s largest metropolitan statistical area (MSA) is “young” again, with the median age of its labor force (16 to 64 years old) slipping below 40 years. Even more, the median age of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy MSA’s labor force is declining faster than all but one

November 15 2019
Creative/Agriculture/Food

Producers Pour into Capital Region’s Craft Beverage Industry

Craft beverage producers continue to pour into the Capital Region, with the number of breweries, distilleries, wineries, cideries and meaderies throughout the eight counties increasing by 22 percent since the Center for Economic Growth’s last survey of the industry in fall 2017. Industry Growth As of mid-October, there were 111

August 15 2019
Creative/Agriculture/Food, Employment/Workforce

Capital Region’s “Gig” Economy Grows

Boosted by the introduction of ridesharing to upstate, as well as a stronger real estate market and creative economy, the Capital Region’s ranks of independent contractors increased by 5.4 percent between 2013 and 2017. The economic impact of these mostly self-employed or freelance workers, also referred to as “nonemployer establishments,”

July 17 2019
Creative/Agriculture/Food, News

Women Farmers Are Growing in the Capital Region

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact James Schlett Director of Research and Communications 518-465-8975 X221 1 in 12 region farmers have served in military, 1 in 4 are new producers ALBANY, NEW YORK – The ranks of women farmers in the Capital Region increased by 24 percent between 2012 and 2017,

May 10 2019
Creative/Agriculture/Food

Ag Economy Expands in Capital Region’s Rural Counties

Between 2012 and 2017 the Capital Region’s large rural counties gained farms, but the area’s total agricultural footprint shrunk during that period due to losses in more urban counties, according to a Center for Economic Growth (CEG) analysis of new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics

April 15 2019
Creative/Agriculture/Food, News

Center for Economic Growth and Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy Announce Merger

(ALBANY, N.Y.) – Center for Economic Growth (CEG) President and CEO Andrew Kennedy and Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE) Executive Director Maureen Sager today  announced a merger between the two organizations. ACE was founded in 2016 to advocate and help grow the Creative Industries, which have now become

September 11 2018
Creative/Agriculture/Food

Success Story: BGS Helps Albany Distilling Pour More Spirits and Reach New Markets

A fermenting tank at Albany Distilling downtown Albany manufacturing facility.  Founded in 2011, Albany Distilling Company was its namesake city’s first licensed distillery since the start of Prohibition. The distiller’s first product was a bourbon-mash whisky, which was followed by a variety of spirits, including rums and vodkas. Focused primarily

March 9 2018
Creative/Agriculture/Food, News

Event to focus on creative economy

Times Union By: Madison Iszler   As part of a tour highlighting the state’s creative economy, the Center for Economic Growth and the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy will hold a roundtable Monday in Albany. The event, which will be held at 435 New Scotland Ave. from 5:30 to

February 15 2018
Creative/Agriculture/Food, News, Tourism

CEG Engages Itself With Local Agencies To Promote North Country Economic Growth

Glens Falls Business Journal By: Maureen Werther As the economic climate in Warren and Washington counties continues to heat up, more businesses are being attracted to the area’s diverse commercial sector. The Center for Economic Growth (CEG) is one of several entities working hard to make things happen. CEG is

November 16 2017
Creative/Agriculture/Food, Manufacturing, Tourism

Capital Region’s Craft Beverage Industry Is Brewing

8 Counties House 90+ Breweries, Distilleries, Cideries and Wineries Five years after New York State launched an initiative to expand its ranks of craft beverage producers through the introduction of a license for farm breweries and later for farm cideries, that industry is thriving in the Capital Region. In fact,

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