Local

Economic blueprint for upstate New York unveiled in Ithaca

An economic blueprint for the future of upstate New York was unveiled in Ithaca Thursday.

The Brookings Institution, along with Cornell University, CenterState New York and Tompkins County Area Development, crafted the blueprint, which looks to use the region’s economic strengths as leverage in the global market, while also working to retain high-skilled workers.

Rob Simpson, President of Centerstate New York, said the state has been slow getting into the modern age.

“We’re one of the older parts of the country. We have a different circumstance than they do out west,” Simpson said. “That’s okay, but it means we do bear some responsibility to take a look at whether or not what we set up in the 1800s still works for us today.”

Simpson says the region has the technology and manufacturing expertise to compete on a global scale.

As for how the plan gets implemented, Simpson says it will require a partnership between businesses, government leaders and economic development agencies throughout the region.

More Local Headlines

in Local

Arrest made in Elmira Savings Bank robbery

Ian Miles

Ian Miles, 28, of Cortland, was arrested in Ithaca Friday.

in Local

Groton schools respond to Sept. hazing incident

Local_News41-620x400

Groton Schools Superintendent Jim Abrams says the district is making a serious effort to improve community outreach and student behavior following September’s hazing incident.

in Local

Man dies in Cortland County collision

crime

No charges have been filed.

in Local

State, local authorities increase DWI patrols for Halloween weekend

crime2

Drivers should expect sobriety checkpoints and additional patrols.

in Local

Drunk driver charged with hitting, killing jogger in central New York

crime

28-year-old man charged with vehicular manslaughter, DWI in connection with Thursday incident