December 3 2021

Week in Review: November 29 – December 3, 2021

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Daily Gazette: New apprenticeship program offers pipeline for Capital Region breweries, distilleries tate Labor Department, SUNY offering craft brewing and distilling apprenticeships

Times Union: SEEN: Center for Economic Growth’s Annual Meeting 2021



Albany Inno – Why this gaming tech startup founder moved from LA to Troy

“Glenn Fiedler first flew from Los Angeles to Troy for business in mid-2019.

Later that year, he got a one-way ticket, and Troy became the new base for his gaming tech startup, Network Next.”

State announces completion of Starbuck Island in Green Island

“Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced the completion of the Starbuck Island redevelopment project, a $65 million investment that transformed more than 11-acres of contaminated oil storage brownfield into a high-density, vibrant waterfront community in the Village of Green Island, Albany County.

Starbuck Island connects Green Island to downtown Troy and is now home to nearly 270 residential units, a salon, a restaurant and parking.”

NYS Mesonet, NOAA partner to enhance winter weather observations

“Researchers at the New York State Mesonet are partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on a new project that aims to enhance winter storm observations using the network’s real-time data.

The NYS Mesonet, headquartered at the University at Albany, is an advanced weather network that features 126 standard observation stations located throughout the state. The stations are spaced within 20 miles of each other, including at least one in every county and borough. Each offers continuous updates of various localized weather variables with updates every five minutes and real-time camera images.”

Hudson Valley Community College seeking contractors for Saratoga County campus expansion

“Hudson Valley Community College will start searching for contractors next month for a two-story, 17,600-square-foot expansion at its Malta campus.

Bids for the proposed Health & STEM Education Center at HVCC North will be opened on Jan. 19 and construction is scheduled to start around April 1.”

Tannersville wins Capital Region’s second $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award for 2021

“The village of Tannersville near Hunter Mountain in Greene County has less than a thousand year-round residents and just five miles of roads, so a $10 million grant from New York state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative should go a long way.

“I couldn’t be more excited about it,” said Lee McGunnigle, a retired chiropractor who has been mayor for 26 years.”

Albany Inno – Accelerator aims to grow cluster of power semiconductor companies in Capital Region

“A number of companies and startups in the power semiconductor industry have popped up in the Capital Region since Wolfspeed, formerly Cree, started operating here in 2019.

That was the plan, said Michael Fancher, director of the New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Nanomaterials and Nanoelectronics, or CATN2, a state-funded organization involved in efforts to attract the company here.”

Scannell buys Schodack land for second Amazon distribution center

“Scannell Properties bought the land in the town of Schodack where a 278,670-square-foot distribution center will be built for Amazon.

Scannell Properties of Indianapolis paid $2.79 million to Snook Materials Group LLC for 56 acres on the south side of Route 150 at the corner of U.S. 9 and 20.”

Albany Inno – The forecast for NY’s weather data network: Startups at UAlbany

“The startup TruWeather Solutions was the first to sign up for incubator space in UAlbany’s new ETEC building.

The company’s focus involves analyzing complicated weather data to help the growing drone and air taxi industry know if it’s safe to operate, said Don Berchoff, CEO of the company.”

Hugh Johnson says Fed must be smart to keep economy rolling

“Inflation. COVID-19. The labor shortage.

Those are all potential problems for the stock market and the economy over the next two years.”

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