Innovation Trail

To the rest of the world New York is a city, an urban jungle of towering skyscrapers and international culture. But north of the city, New York, the state, is a vast array agricultural enterprises. Farming is and has always been integral to the state economy and a group of young farmers in the Catskills are working together to help each other sustain their new businesses.

One of the biggest challenges for small upstate cities like Schenectady or Troy can be the abundance of "zombie properties" or residences that have long since been abandoned.  Four of these municipalities in the greater Capital Region are hoping the Center for Technology in Government can help them fight this urban blight and make their communities come alive again. 

Want to bring up a discussion that is sure to bring a fiery debate?  Try climate change.   It's an issue that former Vice President Al Gore championed in the 2000's and has picked up steam in the ensuing years among scientists across the globe.  But not everyone is a believer.

The Federal Government has declared 19 counties in and around the Finger Lakes disaster areas thanks to the  brutally cold winter brought on by the "Polar Vortex."  The famous wineries along Seneca and Cayuga Lakes have been hit hard, some losing anywhere from 50-100% of their crop.

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