November 15 2019
Manufacturing

Success Story: Vara Corporation Launches with assistance from CEG and Fuzehub

Company Profile: Vara Safety is the Latham, New York-based manufacturer of a biometric-controlled gun holster called Reach. Reach uses strategically placed biometrics to properly secure the handgun, and still allow immediate release. Reach units are designed to be mounted in your home, office or vehicle and are made of high-strength metal alloy. In 2015, after

November 15 2019
Education/Training, Employment/Workforce

STEM Degree Awards Edge up in the Capital Region

Capital Region colleges and universities made impressive gains in computer and physical sciences degree awards in 2018, while overall STEM degree growth slightly increased in the eight counties, according to a Center for Economic Growth (CEG) analysis on new data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.  STEM Growth Last year, 17 of the Capital

November 15 2019
Education/Training, Employment/Workforce

The Capital Region’s Brain Gain

The Capital Region is leading the state in growing its ranks of adults with bachelor’s and associate’s degrees over the past five years, according to a Center for Economic Growth analysis of U.S. Census Bureau five-year estimates. Educational Attainment by Degree In 2017, the eight-county region had 142,092 adults 25 years and older with a

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 craft beverage producers with active

October 17 2019
Tourism

Travel Spending in the Capital Region Jumps 6%

Visitors to the Capital Region spent 6.1 percent, or $175.7 million, more in 2018 than the previous year, bringing their total spending to $3.05 billion. Taking into account state and local taxes, their economic impact in the eight-county region was even greater, totaling $3.42 billion, according to a Center for Economic Growth (CEG) analysis of

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