Category Archives: Economy

“Mother Nature doesn’t do bailouts.”

Is the current economic crisis, stuff an ecological crisis? This is essential the question Thomas Friedman is asking in his latest NY Times Op-Ed: What if the crisis of 2008 represents something much more fundamental than a deep recession? What …

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The Economic High Road

An editorial in Artvoice discusses some salient themes for economic development in Buffalo and Upstate New York that will be the focus of an upcoming conference on September 27-28 in downtown Buffalo called “The High Road Runs Through the City.” …

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Cool v. Uncool Cities

The need to cultivate a “creative class” in a region has become a recurring theme in discussions about economic development and planning in Central New York – and elsewhere. The organization “40 Below” is certainly an outgrowth of this thinking; …

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New York’s Costly Special Districts

A number of newspapers are reporting on a State comptrollers report on Special town districts. Statewide there are 6927 special district and 4200 local governments while New Yorkers pay some of the highest property taxes in the Nation. The implication …

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Targeting Zero Waste

You have to love these “The end of..” pronouncement titles like “The end of garbage”. (OK. It got my attention.) The surprising thing is that a number of companies (and cities) have adopted the “goal” at least of zero waste: …

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Growing Fuel

The development of alternative energy and biofuels in Central New York has garnered alot of attention lately. Of course anything to spark our lagging regional economy is met with excitement, but these trends obviously extend globally. Bush’s Latin American tour …

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Environmentally Friendly Businesses in NYS

From the Poughkeepsie Journal: By taking measures to reduce waste, viagra order save electricity or switch to renewable power, businesses are saving money in the long run. “It really is an absolute myth to think that environmentally sound procedures are …

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‘Deep Economy’

Bill McKibben latest book ‘Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future’ was released this month and is definitely something I look forward to. Here is some comments from a positive review in the LA Times: “Deep economy” …

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The Economy is an Ecosystem

That is the title of an essay by Jon Rynn of the Sanders Research Associates and a thesis I clearly agree with: The Economy is an Ecosystem. (I’ve reprinted the entire article below since the site requires registration – though …

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The Economist on Destiny

For the record…The Economist offers its 800 word assessment of Destiny USA - Saving upstate New York. May 4th 2006. From The Economist print edition: About 250 miles north-west of New York City, in the heart of New York state, …

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