Economic & Business Climate

Tech Startup Brings History to Life in Buffalo Incubator

WXXI Innovation Trail reporter Daniel Robison looks at an unusual company inside a western New York business incubator: one that merges technology with historical materials.

New York Could Lose $5 Billion Over Next Decade

WXXI Innovation Trail reporter Marie Cusick explains how the failure of the Congressional Supercommittee is projected to have a major financial impact on New York State.

War of Words Between Both Sides on Fracking

WXXI Innovation Trail reporter Matt Richmond analyzes the emotional day at the crowded DEC public hearing in Binghamton on proposed gas drilling in New York State.

DEC Fracking Hearing in Dansville Draws 800+

WXXI Innovation Trail reporter Zack Seward covered Wednesday's public hearing in Dansville on the controversial natural gas drilling proposed for New York State.

How Much Gas & Employment Would Fracking Bring to NY?

While much of the discussion has focused on the environmental hazards of the gas drilling process, there is also debate over the economic benefits of fracking. A new map looks at drilling & unemployment in New York State.

What's at Stake in This Week's Fracking Hearings

WXXI Innovation Trail reporter Matt Richmond previews this week's DEC public hearings on potential gas drilling in New York State that would use the controversial practice of hydrofracking.

Major Announcement on Future of Midtown

Rochester Mayor Tom Richards, Senator Chuck Schumer and Windstream CEO Jeffrey Gardner announced the company will lease the first two floors of the Seneca Building.

Special Series: Company Town

WXXI Innovation Trail reporter Zack Seward looks at Rochester as a "Company Town" - it used to mean the big three, but now it refers to small companies that started here.

RIT Picks Up Prize for Job Creation

The State Science & Technology Institute awarded Rochester Institute of Technology's Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies for its work assisting upstate manufacturing firms.

Finger Lakes Economic Council Seeks "Quality of Life" Balance

WXXI Innovation Trail reporter Zack Seward looks at the ten priority economic development projects for the Finger Lakes region, including a couple that are unusual when compared to others in the group.