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Afgritech breaks ground on 4,000-square-foot expansion at Watertown plant
July 10, 2013 – 4:54 PM

Workers began demolishing a wall this week at Afgritech LLC, making space for a 4,000-square-foot loading garage to be built at the 200 Willow St. plant, previously the Blue Seal Feeds mill.

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Alcoa breaks ground on $600 million project
July 02, 2013 – 1:47 PM

Alcoa broke ground on a $600 million project in Massena on Monday.

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Council Approves Woolworth Building Tax Deal
July 02, 2013 – 1:46 PM

The effort to renovate the Woolworth building in downtown Watertown continues to move forward.

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Alcoa breaks ground at Massena East plant
July 02, 2013 – 1:45 PM

Alcoa Aluminum broke ground Monday on a $600 million expansion and modernization project at its manufacturing plant in Massena.Company officials were joined by New York Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, other state and local leaders, North Country Congressman Bill Owens, and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.

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Lt. governor tours Beaver Meadows Apartments, assesses impact of Fort Drum cuts
July 02, 2013 – 1:43 PM

Watertown – Lt. Gov. Robert J. Duffy remained optimistic about Watertown.

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Federal, state, local dignitaries help kick off Alcoa modernization project
July 02, 2013 – 1:42 PM

MASSENA — Using shovels made from aluminum, federal, state and local officials turned the first clumps of dirt Monday at Alcoa’s East Plant to kick off the company’s more than $600 million expansion and modernization of its manufacturing facility here.

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Groundbreaking ceremony held for $22.5m Clayton hotel project
June 28, 2013 – 2:13 PM

CLAYTON — Golden shovels hit the dirt Thursday afternoon at the site of the former Frink snowplow factory, where construction on a new four-story luxury hotel is underway.

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Watertown-Fort Drum Ranks as 5th Best Micropolitan Area Based on Economic Strength
June 27, 2013 – 12:00 AM

Watertown – In a research report released recently by POLICOM Corporation, the Watertown-Fort Drum micropolitan statistical area ranked fifth best for economic strength out of the 576 micopolitan statistical areas in the United States.

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Twenty families move in for grand opening of Beaver Meadows Apartments
June 18, 2013 – 5:04 PM

A newlywed military couple was one of the 20 families who claimed new homes Saturday at Beaver Meadows Apartments in Watertown.

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Region prepares for round three of state funding
June 18, 2013 – 5:03 PM

Applications are open for the third round of Regional Economic Development funding from the state, and the north country once again will try to come away as one of New York

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Potsdam cautious on Cuomo’s tax free zones
May 30, 2013 – 2:39 PM

Potsdam – Governor Andrew Cuomo and his cabinet are on the road for a second week, pushing hard on a proposal to create tax-free zones for businesses that set up shop on or near public college campuses in New York.

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Spending approved for Alcoa upgrades
May 21, 2013 – 2:40 PM

MASSENA – The Alcoa East smelter modernization project will be kicked-off next month with the relocation of a transmission-line necessary to accommodate a new substation and aluminum production equipment, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a Tuesday press release.

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Gov. Cuomo announces $3.7 million transmission line relocation project to support Alcoa’s Massena modernization
May 21, 2013 – 2:39 PM

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that the modernization plan at Alcoa

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Going to college in St. Lawrence County provides unique opportunities
May 14, 2013 – 4:26 PM

Students who attend a college in either Potsdam or Canton have a unique opportunity. The Associated Colleges program allows them to take classes not just at their own school, but neighboring institutions as well. YNN’s Barry Wygel takes a look at the program and talks with one of the 25,000 people who have already taken advantage.

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Authority offers loans for rural broadband
May 14, 2013 – 4:24 PM

High-speed broadband Internet is a luxury unavailable to many rural dwellers in the north country, as telecommunications carriers often don

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Power company helps dairy industry grow
May 02, 2013 – 1:14 PM

One North Country business is expanding and it’s the sign of a booming industry. Wednesday afternoon, Milk Street Dairy accepted a grant from National Grid joining a program that works with farms and as our Carmella Mataloni tells us, the idea could help create jobs.

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St. Lawrence University breaks ground on residence hall
May 02, 2013 – 1:12 PM

CANTON  — Fencing around a construction site at St. Lawrence University has raised a few eyebrows about the campus Quad’s future.

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Medical marvel: Lacona firm’s stem-cell technology used to create windpipe
May 02, 2013 – 1:11 PM

BioSpherix, a company based in Lacona, provided a cell incubation system used by an international team of surgeons at Children’s Hospital of Illinois to create and implant a windpipe into a 32-month-old Korean toddler born without a trachea.

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Owens addresses agriculture, immigration at Rotary lunch
May 02, 2013 – 1:11 PM

The spring lunch of the Watertown Noon Rotary at the Rutland Congregational Church featured a special guest appearance by Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, who dropped by to sample some home cooking and talk about legislative issues important to the north country while Congress is in recess this week.

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OBPA signs consultant for airport runway study
May 02, 2013 – 9:02 AM

OGDENSBURG — The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority will pay a consultant $89,283 to conduct a feasibility study on expanding Ogdensburg International Airport’s runway and terminal.

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Dairy farm gets electricity boost to expand
May 02, 2013 – 8:59 AM

RUTLAND — High-tech modern equipment at large dairy farms can’t be operated without enough electricity. But farmers often can’t afford to upgrade their electrical service to provide three-phase power — a predicament that sometimes stops them from expanding operations to boost milk production.

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North country economic council gets crash course on Fort Drum’s impact
April 16, 2013 – 8:26 AM

Fort Drum – The North Country Regional Economic Development Council or REDC, held its most recent meeting at Fort Drum last week. The idea was to give members from the region’s seven counties greater insight into how the Army post interacts with the local economy. The council also took steps to implement a new program for water and sewer project infrastructure.

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Milk culture: touring the North Country yogurt plant
April 16, 2013 – 8:24 AM

North Lawrence – A couple of years ago, things looked bad for dairy processing in North Lawrence. Healthy Food Holdings was shutting down its Breyer’s yogurt plant, and laying off more than 100 workers. But within months, the plant was quietly purchased by the Upstate Niagara Cooperative.

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Plaza, Apartment Developer Plans To Buy Mercy Property
April 11, 2013 – 4:36 PM

COR Development Company, the business which built the Towne Center Plaza, is planning to buy the former Mercy Care Center property in Watertown to build housing.

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COR Development plans to demolish Mercy Hospital, redevelop site
April 11, 2013 – 4:34 PM

A Syracuse area development company has gained control of the former Mercy Hospital property and plans to demolish the mammoth Stone Street complex and redevelop the site.

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Alcoa commits to 900 jobs in Massena; Grasse cleanup still in flux
April 01, 2013 – 11:24 AM

Massena – The company that built Massena will keep its plants open there for at least another 30 years. Alcoa announced Saturday it will invest $42 million to modernize its East plant and build a new smelting the line. The company will also guarantee at least 900 jobs.

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Developer plans 360-unit apartment complex in LeRay near Fort Drum
April 01, 2013 – 11:23 AM

A Michigan developer with an affinity for military housing projects plans to build a 360-unit apartment complex on Route 11 in the town of LeRay, in Fort Drum

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Seaway’s 55th Season Starts March 22
March 14, 2013 – 1:56 PM

The 55th navigation season of the St. Lawrence Seaway opens March 22

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County panel OKs membership in planning organization
March 14, 2013 – 1:54 PM

Jefferson County legislators took their first tentative steps Tuesday night toward joining the Watertown-Jefferson County Area Transportation Council, a little-understood entity sprung from the blob-like urbanized area created by the 2010 census.

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FedEx to seek tax break for facility at corporate park
March 14, 2013 – 1:53 PM

A commercial real estate developer will seek a 10-year tax abatement granted by state Real Property Law to build a FedEx facility on Lot 12 at the Jefferson County Corporate Park off Coffeen Street, the parcel previously sought by Eagle Beverage Co.

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