September 13 2019

Week in Review: September 9 – September 13, 2019

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WAMC: Albany Firm Now Shipping Biometric Gun Holsters


Developers planning $30 million warehouse park off Interstate 87

“The owners of the former Native Textiles knitting mill in Queensbury plan to develop a $30 million warehouse and distribution park on the 33-acre property.

JAG Group president Tim Barber and two business partners spent more than $3 million over the past two years renovating the 117,000-square-foot former knitting mill after leasing space to AngioDynamics and”

GE making a new medical patch that could help your doctor

“Researchers at General Electric Co. believe they may be tapping into the future of healthcare with a new disposable patch they are developing that might someday provide doctors with the same sort of data they normally collect at a patient’s annual physical.

On Thursday, a team of GE scientists unveiled a prototype of the new device at GE’s Global Research Center in Niskayuna.”

Tonko lauds science grants awarded to RPI and SUNY Polytechnic

“Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced the National Science Foundation is awarding Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and SUNY Polytechnic Institute a group of scientific research grants totaling $7,377,474.

‘These competitive awards reaffirm that our Capital Region continues to be at the forefront of U.S. scientific advancement,’ Tonko said.”

Schenectady County sees tourism activity jump

“Last year was a good year for Capital Region tourism, and Schenectady County led the region with 10.5% tourism spending growth over 2017, according to new state figures.

The county, and city of Schenectady in particular, are building on a foundation of new visitors drawn by attractions like Rivers Casino & Resort and Proctors, along with a countywide craft brewery ale trail and a host of special community events, said Becky Daniels, executive director of Discover Schenectady, the county’s tourism marketing agency.”

State grant brings farm-to-table cuisine to local school cafeterias

“Farm-to-table cuisine is coming to local school cafeterias this fall thanks to a new state grant.

Just before the start of the 2019-2020 school year, members of the Saratoga Springs City School District’s school lunch staff attended a special training at Saratoga Spring High School with professional chefs Kevin London and Kim Klopstock.”

Report: Glens Falls area has many women business owners

“Nearly half of all business owners in the Glens Falls metropolitan area are owned by women, according to a new report from a developer of custom business websites.

The report from Volusion compiled employment data from the latest U.S. Census Bureau to find that 49.1% of regional business owners are female. That is the seventh highest percentage among metropolitan areas in the country and way above the national average of 31%.”

GE Research awarded $8.6M federal grant

“Scientists at General Electric Co.’s Global Research Center in Niskayuna have been awarded a four-and-a-half-year, $8.6 million grant through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to create a new computer hardware security system.

DARPA is part of the Defense Department and the GE project would create a “secure gateway” to relay communications between different security systems. The technology could be used by the military, governments and the healthcare system.”

Kennedy named executive director of Tech Valley Center of Gravity

“The board of directors for the Tech Valley Center of Gravity (TVCOG) announced the appointment of Cheryl Kennedy as the organization’s executive director.

TVCOG is a makerspace, prototyping center, manufacturing incubator, STEAM-education center and creative community located in downtown Troy.

Albany region sees growth in manufacturing jobs, but only in certain places

“The number of manufacturing jobs in the region has grown over the past 13 years.

That runs counter to a national trend of job losses in manufacturing over that time, particularly through the recession years. Between 2006 and 2010, the national number of manufacturing employees went from 14.1 million to less than 11.5 million.”

SUNY Empire State College to work with DOL on career development

“SUNY Empire State College is planning to partner with the state Department of Labor to create a program called the Empire State Career Connector that will help shape education and training for emerging jobs and then connect people to those jobs after they completed the training or education needed.

The program will start as a pilot at Empire State College’s Albany location and will have a special program for veterans.”


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